Music and Performing Arts


Classroom Music


Music is an important part of every students’ education at Elwood Primary School. Every child participates in a specialist music class weekly for 40 minutes. Lessons offer an opportunity to have fun making music and become a better musician. In class, we learn through games, dancing, singing, playing instruments, reading and writing music and exploring composition. Each student is encouraged to join an ensemble as an extension of the program and performances include assemblies, community events and the Family Picnic at the end of the year.


We offer the opportunity to join one of our Choirs and the School Orchestra. You can take music lessons on a chosen instrument. Students can choose from a variety of musical instruments including Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Violin, Guitar, Keyboard and Drums.


Students are invited to jam one lunchtime a week in the music room and the music leaders organise our Talent Show one lunchtime a week at the stage area, which everyone in yard gets to watch.


We put on a bi-annual concert, which is for every student from Prep to Grade 6. It takes place at the Palais Theatre and features a live band! We sing and dance classic songs old and new. Students from Grade 5 and 6 audition for acting and singing parts. Students also help to create sets. We endeavour to include students with special talents like playing an instrument into the extravaganza.


During class, students have access to music software for sequencing, recording, researching and even DJing.

The music program benefits from a dedicated parent community, who support, donate and add sparkle to the musical program at Elwood Primary School. The students are fortunate to have access to a variety equipment and resources.


Please contact the school office for information about enrolling in music lessons.


Thank you,

Paula and Kaz

Music Overview Term 1 2019


Students come to Music once a week to sing and play! We’ll begin to explore and understand musical concepts through singing, games, dancing and playing instruments. Students are encouraged to perform confidently in front of each other and have fun!


Grade 1 and 2

Students in Grade 1 and 2 learn to perform and create music through singing, games and playing instruments. We learn to read and write rhythm and pitch, explore new musical concepts and enjoy making music together! Our focus is creating music with tuned percussion. Students perform in the Grade 1 or Grade 2 Choir at assembly throughout the year.


Grade 3 and 4

Students in Grade 3 learn how to play the recorder! Students work on reading and playing fluently, individually and with others. Each individual Grade 4 student will begin to concentrate on a modern instrument. They learn more challenging notation and develop greater aural skills. All students are welcome to join the 3/4 Choir and Orchestra.


Grade 5 and 6

Students in Grade 5 and 6 will amp it up a notch and make a band! Bands are made up of class members which write and rehearse together. Students plan and discuss what they practice and decide the arrangement of the songs. Students can join the Senior Choir and the school Music Leaders have the opportunity to run the School Talent Show during Wednesday lunchtimes.



Students who learn an instrument will be performing at each Soiree throughout the year. Choirs perform regularly at assembly, as well as the School Orchestra.



Try learning an instrument! Dean teaches Brass and Woodwind during school hours. Be sure to get in as early as possible so you don’t miss out on a spot. Mila is our string teacher who also takes String Ensemble and more! You can find more information at the office. You may also like to contact Creative Music in School regarding lessons on Keyboard, Guitar and Drums.


Jam Session and Talent Show

During Thursday lunchtimes students are invited to come to the Music Room for extra practise and even jam with friends. During Wednesday lunchtimes the music leaders host the Talent Show for students to perform something they know to thrill the audience. This takes place at the Stage.


Follow the links to become an official member of your chosen ensemble:

EPS School Orchestra

String Ensemble

Thank you and keep an eye on the newsletter for other information too.

Any questions please email Kaz -

Whole School Production


This year we are celebrating the theme of 'Sustainability'. Find your classes' songs below. 
Each Grade has a focus within the theme and each song references their focus. More information coming soon!



Earth Song – Michael Jackson (acoustic)  



We’re not gonna take it – Twisted Sister      

Palalacan – Charlie and Tilda (Grade 6 next year) ALSO  “Mnah- Manh” for transition song                          

Girls (Kids) just wanna have fun – Cindy Lauper        

Over the rainbow/wonderful world    


Grade 1               

Footloose – Wham                                                                                                                                                             

Here comes the sun – George                                                                                                                                           

Bicycle – Frances England                                                                                                                                                    

Locomotion – Goffin, King                                                                                                                                               


Grade 2

VEGETABLES – Coliin Buchanan                                                                                                                                           

With my own to hands – Ben Harper                                                                                                                                 

Shake your tail feather – Ray Charles                                                                                                             

Rain – Dragon                                                                                                                                                                  

I feel the earth move under my feet – Carole King                                                                                                          


Grade 3

Should I stay or should I go – The Clash                                                                                                                

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell                                                                                                                          

Think – A. Franklin                                                                                                                                   

We will rock you/We are the champions – Queen                                                                          


Grade 4

Rescue Me – sung by Fontella Bass                                                                                                                         

Waiting on the world to change – John Mayer                                                                                     

Man in the mirror – Michael Jackson                                                                                                                     

I feel good – James Brown                                                                                                                                            


Grade 5

Sounds of then (this is Australia) – Gangajagang                                                                          

Beds are burning – Midnight Oil                                                                                                                                  

Yil Lull – Joe Geia                                                                                                                                                

Solid Rock – Goanna                                                                                                                                                        


Grade 6

Thriller – Michael Jackson                                                                                                                                                   

Highway to hell – ACDC                 

Don’t Stop me now/Holding out for a hero – Queeen and Bonnie Tyler JJJ          

We’re all in the together – Disney                                                                                                                     


Also, here you will find information regarding band rehearsals, dress rehearsals, arrival and pickup students AND information for how to volunteer!

Thank you,
Production Coordinators


Each year there are a variety of concerts that students take part in, including those who learn an instrument outside school.

Assembly Performances

When ready, each group of performers is asked to take the stage and perform for the other students, staff and families. Check the calendar for more info.

Grade 1 Choir
Grade 2 Choir
Grade 3/4 Choir
Senior School Choir
School Orchestra
Instrumental teacher demonstrations
and rockin' bands from Music classes

Mid-Year Soiree and Summer Soiree

Each student who is learning a Wind or Stringed instrument at school is asked to take part in each Soiree concert. It's a delite to see each student improve and come up with their special performance. The students are encouraged by our enthusiastic audience. The concert is for students learning outside school aswell. Any instrument, any level of ability. Everyone is encouraged to come along including students from Stringed Ensemble, Orchestra and bands.

When possible, students from Elwood College who are studying an instrument take the oppurtunity to perform.

Ukulele Concerts

Muscians and song writers lift us up with their amazing music and Uke playing. They aim to have a performance at the end of the year. Uke students can take the opportunity to perform at a Soiree if they like.

Family Picnic

Each year Prep get their first time on stage as an EPS kid and sing something they've learnt in Music. The rest of the night is braught to you by the other ensmebles, choirs and none other than The Padres and Yard Duty Birds.

Talent Show Grand Finale

After many Wednesday lunchtimes of honing their act, chosen students are invited to perform at the culminating event which we call the Talent Show Grand Finale. Students who've demonstrated a certain flair, engaged the audience, dazzled with skill and put on a great show are asked to take part in the last talent show of the year.

Instrumental Lessons

At Elwood Primary School we consider it important to offer a variety of instruments to learn during school time. They include Trumpet, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Strings, and Ukulele.

You can find information regarding each instrument either from the office or via or extra curricular activities page of the Newsletter.

Students who learn during school time are asked to perform at each Soiree, join an ensmeble and practise regularly at home to improve the best they can and get the most out of their time with our lovely teachers.

Please consider borrowing at instrument from the school if you don't have one. Depending on availablity we offer most instruments free of charge for a period of time. Thank you to the generosity of the school community for making this a possibilty.

Please contact the Instrumental Music Coordinator Kaz for any questions -