Music is taught as an all-round subject to build the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a successful musician. Although focusing on contemporary, modern-day music, the content draws from the musical evolution over the last century. There is a strong emphasis placed on performing skills on piano, guitar, drums and voice. However, these skills should also develop alongside music theory knowledge, music composition and an appreciation of music in society. The goal for all music students is to build necessary skills to represent the school in 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 enable and support these practices are also learnt – such as how to set up a full audio system for an event, working within bands and ensembles, incorporating music technology and occupational health and safety. This is delivered through the Certificate II in Music Industry and WACE General Music courses.
Lower School classes focus on building the essential skills needed in Upper School to become a music performer or producer. Opportunities to execute these skills do exist in Lower School for those who possess the talent and dedication. Through the Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) program, students can gain specialised tuition in guitar, bass, drums or voice by audition in Years 7 and 8 for a small semester fee. This tuition can continue through to Year 12 if followed diligently.
Other - Dianella Secondary College Music Program
The Music Department runs School bands along with the school choir. Students perform in school events such as Music on the Green, Music Night, Arts Night, school assemblies and lunch-time concerts. Students also perform at community events such as The Osborne Park Show and Harmony Day. These opportunities enable students to showcase their musical abilities whilst contributing to their organisation and operation as part of a team.
HEAD OF LEARNING AREA
Mr James McPhail
Mr Simon Robinson