Heidelberg Primary School continues its tradition of incorporating Performing Arts into the curriculum through the development of a whole school choir, thanks to Rachel and Tanis. Being involved in the school choir not only enriches the learning experiences of our students, it allows them another avenue in which they can build their confidence and self-esteem. Participation in choir teaches students the importance of teamwork and increases the opportunities for students to be more social among their peer group, therefore improving social and emotional well-being. Our choir students feel a great sense of pride in themselves and a sense of achievement that is akin to no other.
We firmly believe that encouraging creativity through participation in our school choir gives our students skills that can aide in academic development. They develop skills that can be transferred to other discipline areas, for example active listening.
Students in the HPS choir explore the fundamentals of music through performance. They are taught authentic warm-up techniques to ensure care of their vocal instrument and listening techniques to identify pitch, tone, intonation and rhythm. The choir focus on a culturally diverse repertoire of music for their performances. There is both a Junior Choir (Grades 1 and 2) and a Senior Choir (Grades 3-6), together these groups involve over 100 students, almost 1/3 of the student body. They meet every Thursday afternoon.