The music program at Kalamunda Education Support Centre is lots of fun for both the students and the staff!
Mrs Leonie Cecich is the music teacher and Jackie Boniface is the Education Assistant at KPESC and teaches the six classes which are essentially divided into three separate junior, middle and senior music programs.

The junior classes use material mainly from Leonie's You Gotta Get Up series. The middle classes use material from Leonie's You Gotta Get Up series as well as The Music Room (Level 1) by Bushfire Press and the senior class program is based around The Music Room (Level 2) by Bushfire Press. The music program also includes songs and activities from other resources that are included in the overall school curriculum such as choir, ANZAC Day, Easter, Graduation and Christmas - as well as our fantastic assemblies and concerts that we perform two or three times a year.

The music room is well resourced with a variety of smaller percussion instruments and larger instruments such as marimbas, pianos, guitars, drums and keyboards. Our students really love 'free play' sessions and have learned to how to play and treat the instruments with creativity and respect. We also have an interactive whiteboard which is a very valuable teaching resource as most of our students are visual learners and are very engaged in the interactive music programs.

Inclusion is a priority in the music program at KPESC and several of the senior students are in the mainstream primary school choir that is also led by Leonie Cecich. The choir, which consists of around 70 members, has sung at several events including the local Zig Zag Festival, Stirk Fest, WA Primary Schools' Massed Choir Festival, ANZAC Day events, WAGSMS Concerts, Carols by Candlelight at Stirk Park as well as at numerous assemblies and other special events. Children in the education support centre are assisted by staff and extra teaching is included in class time to support individual needs.

Each year we set up a junior choir for one term to prepare the students to sing at our local Stirk Fest choir festival. Our younger KPESC students join with two of the classes in the mainstream primary school and the children enjoy singing in a choir of around 80 children and perform to an audience of around 400 people from other schools and in the community. A daunting but fantastic experience for some of our students!

Leonie Cecich is also mother to a 15 year old son with Down syndrome who also attended KPESC when he was younger. Leonie believes ALL children should have music in their lives as the benefits of a good music education last for a lifetime.

To find out more about Leonie's You Gotta Get Up series, please visit - fun and funky music for early intervention.