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Learning for Life Programme: MELODY
Our Learning for Life (LLP) programme, MELODY (Music Empowered Learners, Our Dynamic Yuhuans) is designed to encourage self-discovery, build character and to hone values through the learning of music. Learning a musical instrument often requires a high level of resilience and discipline. Playing music together encourages teamwork and graciousness as students learn about turn-taking and deep listening. In the process of learning music, students often strive to think ‘out of the box’ and to inject new ideas. It builds a spirit of adventure and develops critical thinking in the process. With this in mind, music becomes a natural platform to nurture students to become better prepared to thrive in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world.
MELODY will be introduced to students through 3 main avenues, Music in Curriculum, Music in CCA and Music Infusion.
Music in Curriculum involves the sharing of music knowledge through planned curriculum. It exposes students to various genres of music and also experiencing the learning of some musical instruments. This includes music lesson planned by the school’s music teacher, catering to the needs and abilities of lower secondary students. Bandsmen from Concert and Harmonica Band will have an opportunity to step into the music lesson to share their knowledge and expertise with their schoolmates.
Our Music CCAs, Concert Band and Harmonica Band are platforms used to developed talented students in music. As champions in this area, they will get to learn a musical instrument in depth and have ample opportunities to express themselves through music and lead in music related activities. The rigorous practice for accuracy hones self -discipline and builds on teamwork.
Music Infusion intend to infuse music to all other areas of the school by providing music entourage and music stage. This includes our 2-2-1 Aesthetics Learning Programme, camp MELODY, the various platforms for students to express themselves through music such as Yuphonic Renditions and Lunchtime MELODY. The school is also tapping on some existing collaborations with our existing partners to provide various opportunities to expose Yuhuans to the arts.
2-2-1 Aesthetic Learning Programme: A series of workshop used to support the learning of Aesthetics. Secondary One student will be experience the learning of music and dance. At secondary two, students will continue the learning of music and also get to participate in a visual arts workshop to support the learning of arts curriculum. As a student progresses to secondary three, he/ she will continue mastering the music module that they have learnt in lower secondary. This deepens students learning of music.
Camp MELODY: Camp MELODY is an orientation camp aimed to allow our secondary one freshmen to experience our distinctive programme, MELODY. Camp MELODY is championed by the leaders from concert band as well as student councillor board. The leaders from concert band took charge of the planning and execution of music related activities such as STOMP infusion workshop, STOMP campfire, sectional introduction, mass dance and foot drill under the guidance of teachers. This orientation camp was well –received and was a memorable experience for all involved.
Objectives of Camp MELODY:
- To orientate secondary one freshmen to school environment.
- To allow all secondary one students to experience our Learning for Life Programme, MELODY.
- To spread the Yuhua Spirit and create the Yuhua experience through the camp!
- To provide a platform for student leaders to hone their leadership skills.
In our effort to welcome and to introduce our LLP, MELODY, to our secondary one students, the third run of Camp MELODY was carried out in January. A student-led camp, the Concert and Harmonica Bandsmen worked alongside with the Student Councillor Board in the planning and execution of the camp. Leaders from all CCA groups also get to lead the secondary ones as orientation group leaders during the camp. Their enthusiasm and warmth in engaging the secondary ones had indeed worked its magic, not to mention the exciting music-related activities such as STOMP infusion workshop, foot drill and mass dance.
For the very first time, parents of the secondary one were invited to join the school during the campfire. The freshmen took the stage and performed what they have learnt from STOMP workshop for their families. The highlight of the campfire was the mass dance, when we see the Concert Band grooving away the catchy beats of ‘YMCA’ and the secondary one and audiences dancing to the live music displaying the spirit of Camp M.E.L.O.D.Y. The students much enjoyed themselves and it was definitely a melodious start to the year!