Music is taught as an all round subject to build the essential skills and knowledge to become a successful practitioner of the art. Although focusing on contemporary, modern-day music, the content draws from the musical evolution over the last 100 years. There is a strong emphasis placed on performing skills on piano, guitar, drums, bass and voice, however, these skills should also develop with music theory knowledge, composing music and building an appreciation for music in society. The goal for all music students, by graduation, is to build the necessary skills to represent the school by performance and or computer music production.
Through this, they will gain the relevant experience to enter the music industry.
Senior school classes focus on developing what has been learnt in lower school to industry based applications – such as performing in the community and electronic music production. Other skills and knowledge to enable and support these practices are also learnt – such as how to set up a full audio system for an event, working within a band/ensemble, incorporating music technology into performance and occupational health and safety.
Lower school classes focus on building the essential skills needed in upper school to become a performer or music producer. Opportunities to execute these skills do exist in lower school for those who posses the talent. Through the School of Instrumental Music (SIM) programme, students can gain specialised tuition in guitar, drums or voice by audition in year 7 and 8 for a small semester fee. This tuition can continue through to year 12 if followed diligently.
HEAD OF LEARNING AREA
MS EVA CICMIRKO
Mr Ashley Sinclair