Discipline Areas - Performing Arts

Senior Music

Years 7 and 8 Music

In Years 7 and 8 Music is part of the core curriculum. The music program engages students as practising musicians while developing and extending the understanding of music elements (rhythm, melody, form, texture). The program aims to develop students' level of musical understanding and skills, to the extent that they will feel encouraged and confident to continue their musical participation beyond Years 7 and 8.

To cater for the wide range of music ability and experience, the Year 7 Instrumental Music Program consists of two tiers: one for non-beginners and another for beginners. Experienced students form a class ensemble to further develop technical skills and to enjoy the experience of playing together. These students also study music theory and complete a formal external theory exam. Beginner students learn a band instrument with a specialist tutor, free of charge. These students learn the basics of music and experience the thrill of playing in a band. The Instrumental Program is supplemented with creative music sessions in technology and composition.

In Year 8 the Music program continues in two tiers. Mainstream students complete two practical units: World Music and Music Technology. More experienced students work in an Extension Ensemble class to further develop technical and musical skills on their chosen instrument(s). These students also complete a formal external theory exam.

In Term 4 all Year 8 students from both tiers work together to create a combined performance piece.

Years 9 and 10 Music

The Years 9 and 10 Music Elective Program is an extension course which aims to develop and refine skills acquired in previous years. The program includes formal and informal performance, regular participation in a selected ensemble, repertoire analysis, composing, arranging, improvising, aural comprehension and theory exercises.

Audio: Alicia's Rondo composed by a Year 10 student

Music Technology

Music Technology is integrated into the classroom music curriculum in the areas of aural training, music history, analysis, composition and arrangement. Students research and examine works written in different musical styles, learn to record and arrange, print out notation, compose an original work, arrange an existing piece, or record backing tracks to play along to. Some students may have an opportunity to record, edit and mix their own live recording. Music Technology is also integrated into other curriculum areas eg. Multimedia and House Performing Arts.

  • Software: Auralia, Logic Audio Gold, Acid Music Studio
  • Hardware: 10 PCs with keyboard/ synthesizers

Extension Theory / Music Craft

Whilst music theory is an integrated part of the classroom curriculum, extension theory is offered to students wishing to complete AMEB examinations.

Senior School Ensembles

  • Middle School Percussion
  • Senior Percussion
  • Senior Choir
  • Vocal Harmony Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Senior String Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Senior Concert Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Irish Band
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • World Music
  • Rock Band