Music is an important part of life at Walford. Performances by ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs are incorporated into school life. Students refine their technique and build confidence through these performances.
Watch the highlights video from Walford's 2016 Musical Theatre Showcase
The music program in the Junior School incorporates the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. It also utilises Zoltan Kodaly methodologies - teaching rhythm using easy notation names, using solfa to teach pitch; and Orff Schulwerk Methodologies - teaching rhythm, beat and percussion skills using glockenspiels and xylophones. Each of these methods allow students to progress at a level they are comfortable with.
Our Junior School students learn through singing, movement, experimenting and playing instruments, performances, composition and creation. Students learn Elements of Music, Music Theory and Choir.
Year 2 students are involved in a String Immersion Program, with Year 5 students undertaking a Band Immersion Program. Students are also encouraged to join ensembles, the Junior Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and Concert Choir.
Walford has a dedicated music centre, where students study music as a compulsory subject until the end of Year 9. Students can then elect to continue studying music through their senior years.
Our Middle School music program caters for all levels of musical ability and experience. The study is mostly contextual, rather than the assumed study and written theory. Students study: Keyboard Studies, Written and Applied Theory, Musical Context (Styles, History, Form & Structure, Instruments), Composition and Performance.
We continue our dynamic music program through the senior years, for students who elect to continue their music studies. Our Year 10 program leads into both SACE and IB Diploma music studies in Years 11 and 12.
Choirs and Ensembles
Our aim is to provide a music program that is inclusive for all instrumental students and vocalists. Over 320 students, ranging from Years 2 to 12, are involved in a choir. We also have two choirs that require auditioned entry - Chica Vocé and ChanterElle.
Approximately 170 students are involved in at least one instrumental ensemble each week. Ensembles are offered for string players, band instruments and a variety of others including percussion, flute, saxophone and handbells.
Some of the music groups and activities the girls can join include:
- Concert Band (Senior, Intermediate and Junior)
- Stage Band (Senior, Intermediate and Junior)
- Senior Orchestra
- String Orchestra (Senior, Intermediate and Junior)
- String Ensemble (Junior)
- Flute Ensemble (Senior and Intermediate)
- Handbell Choir (Senior and Intermediate)
- Percussion Ensemble (Senior and Intermediate)
- Year 5 Class Ensemble
- Year 2 Class Ensemble
- Chica Vocé
- Senior Choir
- Middle School Choir
- Intermediate Choir
- Concert Choir
- Junior Choir
Walford's instrumental program includes 22 staff and over 200 students. We teach 17 different instruments and run individual theory lessons. Students can choose to work towards AMEB performance and theory examinations.
Concerts and Events
The School present approximately 30 music events each year, ranging from the School Musical, preparation for which begins 12 months in advance, to smaller performances. Students enjoy participating and watching these special events.
Watch the highlights video from Walford's 2014 and 2015 Musicals.
Students are also involved in participating in:
- Generations in Jazz
- ABODA Band Festival
- Annual Choral Concert
- Concerts with Boys' Schools
- Service of Lessons and Carols