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Students thrive in a rich environment that caters for all musical tastes and abilities. Music enriches the educational experiences of students by fostering confident self-expression, the desire to have a go, encouraging creative and innovative thinking and promoting the habits of being self-directed and involved.
In the Middle Years, learning activities include singing in the classroom and in choirs, basic guitar and ukulele instruction, creating soundscapes using a variety of sound sources, responding to music through movement, singing in parts, performing on a range of instruments in solo and ensemble situations, reading and writing music notation in traditional and non-traditional means and sequencing musical arrangements using Pro Tools and Sibelius.
In addition, there are a variety of co-curricular Music opportunities available, including a Symphony Orchestra and a number of Bands, String and Vocal ensembles, for students to gain valuable performance experience.
Students work together in teams to achieve their learning goals, both in ensembles and in the classroom. Students participate in authentic learning experiences utilising informal pedagogies that encourage students to listen, collaborate and re-invent music, in ways that are personally meaningful to them. Students draw upon their musical skills and develop them in small ensemble and individual performances, using guitars, ukuleles, basses and percussion.
Students undertake a range of activities in the following learning areas:
Topics for study include:
- Music for film, radio, television and multimedia
- Popular Music
- Music technology
- Music of a culture
- Music Theatre
- Australian Music.
Music is an elective subject from Year 9 and learning experiences are catered for all students who are learning to sing or play an instrument. Students develop their skills performing, composing and listening to a wide range of music, from contemporary and traditional topic areas. Students perform individually and in small ensembles, a range of repertoire appropriate to the topics being studied. Students make use of professional industry standard software such as Pro Tools, to record their composition tasks. Students learn to discuss the elements of music as they appear in a range of contexts.