St Dunstan’s is proud of its tradition as a “church that sings”.
Music plays an important part in the liturgical worship of the parish.
Hymns and worship songs are selected from many varied sources: the main ones being:
- Together in Song
- An Australian Hymn Book
- Lambeth Praise – courtesy of Mrs Joy Freier after the last Lambeth Conference
- The New English Hymnal
- Contemporary American Liturgical Music – principally from SPIRIT SONG
- Contemporary New Zealand Hymnbooks including Alleluia Aotearoa, Faith Forever Singing Songs from the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Iona Community (Scotland).
The singing group which sings at the 9.30am service is called Viva Voce and has a membership of approximately 15 – 20 members. For very special occasions instrumentalists (such as a trumpeter) accompany the group. This is made possible by generous donations to the Music Fund by Parishioners.
Viva Voce has sung at the National Bishops’ Conference, local Eastern Region events and at the Diocesan Ordination Service in St Paul’s Cathedral, November 2009.
The parish Music Director, Stuart Connew also teaches music at Overnewton Anglican Community College. He has held a position as Head of Keyboard at Scotch College and was Director of Music at The Hamilton and Alexandra College in Hamilton, Western Victoria. Stuart has been an Anglican Church Organist and Choirmaster for over 40 years, in both his native New Zealand, Sydney, Adelaide, country Victoria and now Melbourne.
He was Organist and Master of the Choristers at St John’s Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand in the late 1970’s. His work at St Dunstan’s is greatly appreciated by the Vicar, Wardens and members of the Congregation
The aim of mainly musicTM is to provide an environment where preschool children develop skills to enhance their preschool education through the use of music, rhythm, rhyme, and other music related activities with the participation of a parent or primary caregiver.
Once a week, parents and caregivers bring their children for a thirty minute session of music, rhyme, movement, listening and more. The adults must participate in the session, and in fact it is vital that they do so, because this encourages the children to enter into the actions and singing.
Any enquiries and bookings can be directed to the office Tuesday – Friday mornings 10.00am – 12.00pm on 9809 0321. We are always happy to talk to anyone who would like to become involved in this ministry.
In further detail:
- Preschool children and their caregivers enjoying music, rhyme, rhythm, creative dance and more.
- Preschool children developing skills – co-ordination, fine motor movements, large motor movements, social interaction, appreciation of music and musical styles, language development.
- Providing children with a structured environment and then a time of free play.
- Bringing adult and child together for a time of safe interaction, and in doing so, teaching adults rhymes and songs that can be used at home to help with cleaning up, colours, counting, and more.
- An opportunity for parents to network with other parents of preschool children.
- In some groups, parenting workshops are held to help build the skills of parents.
- In some groups, social activities are planned to help parents socially interact as adults; primarily mothers; however some groups arrange an annual activity for families.
- Opportunities for families to be helped – practical needs such as meals, transport, help with shifting house, babysitting.
- Celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – reminding parents that they are undertaking a very important role as parent.
In short, mainly music is an opportunity for adults and children to build memories and spend time together, sharing special time with each other.