The Music department at Engadine High School aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop their musical abilities and potential in the areas of performance, composition, listening and musicology. Music plays an important role in the lives of young adults and is a medium of personal expression. Students are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for active engagement and enjoyment in the ‘musical arena’, and to allow a range of music to have a continuing role in their lives.
In 2012 we moved into our new music facilities which included:
- two fully refurbished performing spaces
- four private studios
- a recording studio and
- digital composition lab.
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In stage 4 Music students are introduced to the concepts of duration, pitch, dynamics and expressive techniques, tone colour, texture and structure, within the context of a variety of musical styles through listening and musicological research. In Performance students are taught a number of different musical instruments to ascertain which one they are most suited to, and are expected to perform pieces in line with their ability and experience level. In Composition students begin to explore and organise musical sounds using traditional and non traditional notation and experimenting with different forms of technology in the composition process.
Stage 5The 200 hour Elective Course for stage 5 aims to provide a greater depth and breadth of musical study through the following learning experiences:
- Musicology Elective topics eg Rock, Popular, Theatre music, Jazz and many more.
Emphasis is placed on the development of performance skills on the students chosen instrument eg guitar, drums, vocal. Students will develop their compositional skills by studying compositions from within existing music styles and continued experimentation of the music concepts with or without the aid of music technology.The music performed and analysed covers a wide variety of styles in elective topics with particular emphasis on Australian Music, a compulsory topic. Students will gain experience in a variety of music technology including using a variety of music computer software in our new music lab.
Emphasis is placed on catering for individual differences and students are able to work at their own ability level in the different learning experiences.
In the Preliminary and HSC course students will study the concepts of music through learning experiences in performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles and periods of music. In the Preliminary course students are given experience of all aspects of the course.
In the HSC course students are able to tailor the course to suit their strengths in the learning experiences.Students will choose 3 elective topics in both the Preliminary and HSC course with one topic being able to be carried through and developed in greater depth. There are 21 topics to choose from including Rock, Pop, music of the 20th and 21st century, Theatre Music and Jazz. This course is designed for students with a more performance based, less theoretical background.
In the Preliminary course, students will study the concepts of music through learning experiences in performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of the mandatory topic, Music from 1600 – 1900 as well as an additional topic.
In the HSC course, students will continue this study within the context of the mandatory topic, Music of the last 25 years with an Australian focus, as well as a different additional topic to the Preliminary course.In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students nominate ONE elective study in Performance, Composition or Musicology. Students selecting Composition or Musicology electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the Board of Studies to validate authorship of the submitted work. All students will be required to develop a composition portfolio for the core composition. This course is for students with a greater theoretical background in music concepts and musicianship skills and those wishing to study music at university.
| Mr P OWENS||Deputy Principal|
|Mr A DRAYTON ||Music / Digital Communications Co-ordinator|
|Ms H CRAWFORD||Music and Dance Co-ordinator|
|Ms J MCGUIRE||Music / Band Co-ordinator|