Primary Instrumental Music Program
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1
In Music, Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 will continue to expand their knowledge and understanding of the musical concepts of Beat,
Rhythm, Tempo and Structure. Students will also be introduced to Pitch, specifically targeting the notes on the Treble Clef.
Weekly lessons continue to be practical in nature where students perform using percussion instruments, tuned and untuned as well as singing. Students also spend time listening to music, responding through movement and creating their own
compositions and arrangements of works.
Students in Stage 1 will also be introduced to music technology through the composition of a class song, which will be arranged and recorded using Garagebands, as well as through individual compositions notated on Sibelius software.
In Music, Stage 2 will be undertaking a strings program designed to not only teach your child the violin, but also provide the skills necessary to actively engage in listening, performing and creating music.
Each child is loaned a school violin and lessons are conducted weekly. Students will be taught the instrument as well as participate in singing, listening, composition and movement activities.
Students in Stage 3 will partake in a compulsory Beginner Band Program through their school music class time. This will involve each student in Year 5 and 6 being allocated a band instrument to take home at no cost and spend their time in these years learning an instrument. Instruments will be allocated by the Primary Years Music Teacher via musical aptitude testing and suitability. Visiting tutors will provide one free group lesson per week for students participating in this program to take advantage of at lunch times. Group lessons are a compulsory part of the Band Program.
Any questions regarding the Beginner Band program for Stage 3 should be directed to your child’s class teacher.
Secondary Music Program
The Music program in Years 7 and 8 covers eight topics throughout the compulsory two year course, giving students a taste of the options available for study in the Year 9 Elective Music course. The course builds on the skills learned in the Primary Years and encourages all students to perform regularly in groups and as individuals.
Students in Year 7 learn the foundations of Music using keyboard and are taught to read from the treble and bass clefs. In Year 8, students study Rock and Film music and have the option to vary their experiences by performing on acoustic, electric and bass guitar and drums. Many students elect to perform on another chosen instrument and are encouraged to participate in the instrumental tuition program to refine their musical skills.
Students have the option to join the College’s various performance groups and to perform either solo or in these groups at the quarterly [email protected], a creative arts festival held at the end of each term.