The school choral program is an integral part of music and performance development for all students.
Canterbury Public School has two established choirs, our Junior Choir for Kindergarten to Year 2 students and the Senior Choir for students in Years 3 to 6.
Our junior choir is conducted under the guidance of a specialist music teacher. They have performed at school assemblies, including our Recognition Day Assembly, at Kindergarten Orientation for all new parents and students and at the school's Annual Creative Arts evening. Junior choir rehearses every Monday morning from 8:50am in Ms Quintal's room with Ms Rebecca Hart.
Our senior choir is made up of boys and girls, with many having participated as juniors since Kindergarten. They have performed at many school events and at outside events such as:
Ashfield Mall for Education Week
Sydney Opera House as part of the Choral Festival of Music run by the Arts Unit, and also as part of the Expanding Horizons Concert, a cultural exchange program with Chinese students
Sydney Town Hall for a charity event for the Westmead Children's Hospital
Sydney Entertainment Centre as part of the choir for the Junior Olympic Games.
Senior Choir rehearses every Thursday morning from 8.40am with Mrs Meghan Ryan.
Benefits of joining a choir
In 2009, Chorus America commissioned a new study to gather new data to shed light on the role of choral music experience in childhood education and development, as viewed from the perspective of both educators and parents. The study examined the attitudes, opinions, and activities of more than 2,000 singers in choruses of all kinds, 500 members of the general public, 500 parents, and 300 Kindergarten to Year 12 educators from throughout the United States.
The study found that:
choral singing continues to be the most popular form of participation in the performing arts
adults who sing in choruses are remarkably good citizens
children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills
The majority of parents surveyed believed multiple skills increased after their child joined a choir. In total 71% said their child had become more self-confident, 70% said their child's discipline had improved, and 69% said their child's memory had improved. More than 80% of educators surveyed agree with these parental assessments.
They observed that children who sing are better participants in group activities, have better emotional expression, and exhibit better emotional management. In fact 90% of educators believe singing in a choir can keep some students engaged in school who might otherwise be lost, this increased to 94% of educators who describe the ethnicity of their school as diverse. Children who participate in a choir get significantly better grades than those who have never sung in a choir.