YEAR NINE MUSIC
Music at Year 9 brings together the key aspects of music performance in solo and group settings, the development of aural skills that are linked to music literacy.
Creative skills and responsiveness to Music are further explored with a composition task using digital technology.
FROM A YEAR NINE MUSIC STUDENT:
I selected Music because I’ve always had a passion for music, as I’ve done piano and violin before, finding myself to enjoy and want to learn more about the art. Also, I wanted to continue to develop my knowledge of music as I am still pursuing violin at school and want to become a better player and performer.
This year in Music we have been working on a class ensemble where every Tuesday we all practise a couple of ensemble pieces all together, which has been very fun. We’ve also been expanding our music knowledge by learning about the elements of Music.
My favourite part of the course I’d definitely say has been the class ensemble work we’ve been doing. I find this really enjoyable as everyone can perform together, it's also a good learning experience as we can learn about everyone’s instruments.
Some skills I’ve developed as a part of this course are teamwork, as we all have to work together to create a cohesive sound, and using aural skills, so that we can all listen and understand each other in performing as well as theory discussion.
My biggest takeaway from Music is that, even though I‘ve always liked music, I am still able to learn so much while making many new friends who all share a common interest.
YEAR TEN MUSIC
Music at Year 10 is a pathway to the VCE Music Performance course. As well as developing their performance craft on a selected instrument, students focus on the analysis and interpretation of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements in real-world settings.
YEAR ELEVEN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
In Year 11 Music Performance, students engage in the practise of performing, creating and studying music. Students prepare and practise a program of repertoire in solo and group settings. Students demonstrate technical exercises, practise aural perception, theory and analysis and devise an original work using appropriate technologies.
FROM A YEAR TEN MUSIC STUDENT:
I’ve always had a huge passion for music. I see it as a way to express yourself and I wanted to develop my skills in music theory and performing. I also love to be around people who share an interest in music, so I knew it would be an enjoyable class. Plus, the more time you spend in a certain area, the better you are in it.
So far this year we have studied a bit of theory – scales, intervals, note reading, some interesting history and more, and we also have weekly performances where we get feedback from Mr Mac and the class so that we can develop our instrument playing.
I genuinely just have so much fun in this class. I just learn more about something I love with fun people and a great teacher. I like how it gives you a chance to perform, and it’s always very lively.
I have learnt so much already. Although I have played instruments for a long time, my theory was always my weak point, but now I know the theory which really helps me learn more when it comes to playing instruments.
My biggest take away from music is that music is an art form. There are really no boundaries and you can make it whatever you want, and it’s great to be able to see different people’s take on music too.
YEAR TWELVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Students who study VCE Music units 3 & 4 prepare a program of contrasting works for an external recital examination. Students demonstrate advanced performance techniques, and systematically develop skills that link aural comprehension to music theory. Further, students explore the interpretation of expressive elements in pre-recorded works, with a focus on Australian compositions.