MUSIC

Image_25.jpg

Music in Middle School has two major components. Classroom music and Co-curricular music.


Classroom Music

Years 5 and 6

For two periods a cycle in Semester 1 and 2, students explore musical creativity and develop musical literacy skills using the Kodaly Method.   

Activities include: composition, improvisation, singing and aural training.

For the other two periods a cycle in Semester 1 and 2, students will participate in learning an orchestral instrument. Year 5 and 6 students have the option of taking the instrument they are studying home for further practice.

Year 7

For one semester, students study the elements of music through listening, composing, improvising and consolidating skills in music literacy using the Kodaly Method.

For the other semester, students either participate in an ensemble class (for those who are already learning an instrument) or learn another instrument in a group situation. Ensemble classes offer students an opportunity to extend their skills on an instrument that they are already learning and also to build on group music making skills. Students who have no knowledge of an instrument will have group tuition on an instrument that is available. This varies from year to year depending on staffing and also availability of instruments. Students learn the basics of handling and making sounds on these instruments and progress at their own rate as competence is developed.

ASSESSMENT
1. Classwork (80%)
2. Assessment Tasks (20%)

Year 8

Students study the elements of music through listening, composing, improvising and consolidating skills in music literacy using the Kodaly Method. Music appreciation skills are developed through the study of programme and film music. Students also participate in ensemble music making (for those who are already learning an instrument) or learn another instrument in a group situation. Ensemble classes offer students an opportunity to extend their skills on an instrument that they are already learning and also to build on group music making skills. Students who have no knowledge of an instrument will have group tuition on an instrument that is available. This varies from year to year depending on staffing and also availability of instruments. Students learn the basics of handling and making sounds on these instruments and progress at their own rate as competence is developed.

ASSESSMENT
1. Classwork (80%)
2. Assessment Tasks (20%)

Co-curricular Music and Private Tuition

The Middle School Co-curricular Music Programme is compulsory for all students. This programme offers exciting musical opportunities and experiences for all ranges of musical skills.

The programme aims to achieve the following key objectives:

• provide access to ensemble music for all Middle School students
• provide students with the learning and developmental benefits associated with participating in a structured co-curricular music programme
• develop within all students an appreciation and understanding of group rehearsal and performance
• having an enjoyable time making music with peers
• all instruments required for this programme are provided with no hire fee but students and parents are responsible for the allocated instruments

Ensembles include band and string ensembles, percussion, ukelele and guitar groups. Allocation of instruments and ensembles is at the discretion of the Music Department Staff. This programme is run on Monday afternoons from 3:45-5:00pm. All Year 5 & 6 students begin this programme on orchestral instruments.

The Middle School Choir is open to all Middle School students and is voluntary. This ensemble is run at lunch time.

Instrumental/Vocal Tuition: Private tuition is available in most instruments and voice. Boarders have five 30 minute, supervised practice sessions a week. 

Group lessons on orchestral instruments are available at a cheaper rate for beginners.  




MUSIC PATHWAY AT GGS

Group 6 - Music
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Music Performance
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Music
Year 10

Music - Ensemble Class
Timbertop - Year 9