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Performing Arts (Music)

Music is a prominent component of the Arts Learning Area and has been taught at Greenwood College since 1976. Students from Year 7 to Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in the very popular Music Program.

Music Program

Enrolment

Enrolment applications are invited from students statewide with places reserved for continuing students. Beginner students are also welcome to apply depending on places remaining.

The Music program is taught by experienced and highly skilled staff and assisted by visiting instrumental specialists covering a wide variety of music genres including rock, classical, contemporary, folk and jazz. Students have the opportunity to join and perform with ensembles, rock band, concert band and choirs. Guitar students can perform with the special classical guitar ensemble.

The Music program incorporates studies of composition, music history, performance, technology and theory. Extension work for advanced students includes madrigals, barbershop quartets, specialised instrumental ensembles.

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The music program provides students with the chance to perform in public :

  • On overseas, city and country tours
  • at WA festivals
  • at Eisteddfods
  • at special school functions
  • at school camps and assemblies

Music is an integral part of contemporary society and central to the lives of young people. The Music course is designed to encourage students to participate in musical activity as both a recreational and vocational choice. It may serve as a pathway for further training and employment in a range of professions within the music industry, or as a means of experiencing the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from making music.Students have opportunities to experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment, working in a variety of situations and striving to achieve at the highest possible level. Through studying music from other times and cultures, students will be able to understand how music impacts on their own lives and the lives of others.

The discipline and commitment demanded by music builds self-esteem, motivation and independence as well as encouraging the development of collaborative teamwork skills. Students will engage in creative thinking, problem solving and decision-making, enabling the development of transferable skills that will equip them for life-long learning. Other essential skills such as self-discipline, self-management, self-expression, confidence, communication and creativity are also an integral part of this course.

This course provides students with the opportunity to further their achievement of specific overarching learning outcomes from the Curriculum Framework together with the development of the core-shared values. In Music, students achieve outcomes through the key activities of performing, composing/arranging, listening and responding, as well as discovering music context in culture and society.