Geelong Grammar School's comprehensive Music Programme teaches our students more than how to sing or play an instrument. The development of both the practical and creative areas of the brain is fundamental to music education. Consequently, the benefit of studying music is not limited to a student's musical endeavours, with musically trained children more likely to outperform other children in tests of general intelligence, memory, literacy and numeracy.
Our students are taught using the Zoltan Kodaly pedagogy from Early Learning to Year 10, which provides a curriculum framework that is sequenced to consolidate skills; extending a specific skill through more difficult applications at the same level before progressing to a new area of knowledge.
Music is an important component of the Academic Programme at both Bostock House (ELC-Year 4) and Toorak Campus (ELC-Year 6). ELC children attend specialist music sessions, developing rhythmic, aural and vocal skills through singing, listening, creating and playing percussion instruments. Specific aural and vocal skills are nurtured in Prep-Year 1, further developing rhythmic, melodic and harmonic elements. Knowledge of string instruments is expanded in Year 2 through the Year 2 String Programme at Toorak and Bostock String Ensemble, whilst Year 3 and 4 students explore ideas and feelings through creating and making music. Year 5 and 6 students at Toorak explore musical styles from a range of cultures and classes are closely linked to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate.
The emphasis in Middle School (Years 5-8) is on practical music making and gaining skills in instrumental ensemble and vocal performance. All classroom music is based around the Kodaly principles, with Year 5 and 6 students exploring musical creativity and musical literacy, including composition and improvisation. Year 7 students consolidate musical literacy skills, with opportunities to extend their skills on specific instruments. Year 8 students develop music appreciation skills through the study of film music as well as further developing skills associated with ensemble playing.
Music is an elective subject at Timbertop (Year 9), with Music Ensemble classes supported by a comprehensive instrumental/vocal tuition programme. Students develop aural comprehension and creative organisation as well as studying world music and the history of rock and roll in Australia.
Music is an elective subject in Year 10, with Musicians in an Animated World (Semester 1) expanding knowledge of recording techniques and audio visual programmes to create compositions. Music for all Ages (Semester 2) is centred on writing songs for young children, which further develops musical literacy and knowledge of recording techniques.
The School offers both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Years 11 and 12. VCE Music Performance (Units 1 and 2) is offered in two streams (regular or jazz) which are basically the same course with a different emphasis - studying the work of other performers, exploring performance strategies and developing technical skills. Students also study aural, theory and analysis concepts. Music Group Performance (Jazz) and Music Investigation (Solo) are offered for VCE Units 3 and 4, which enable students to focus on a specialised area of performance. IB Music explores a variety of cultural, historical and stylistic perspectives, developing skills in critical listening as well as making music through composing, improvising and performing.
For further information on our Academic Programme please open our 2016 Curriculum Guide.