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Classroom Music Program
Music plays a vital role throughout the Scotch Oakburn
College curriculum from Middle to Senior School.
Students are exposed to a variety of musical opportunities.
They perform, compose, and learn about styles of music,
music technology, music history and much more. Within
both Middle and Senior School, classes aim to broaden
each student’s understanding of music and assist each
student to find ways of participation in our musical
Music is an activity experienced through participation. Music
comes from within as a response to the outside;
it is an expression of self and of our concept of others. Younger
children are uninhibited in their expression and they
communicate openly by using their own unique instrument – their
voice. Through our structured music program this enthusiasm
for musical expression is focused over time to become
increasingly understood, developed and appreciated.
Participating in classroom music at Scotch Oakburn College
means having fun creating and playing music on instruments and
computers along with listening to and talking about the music we
hear around us. As students grow, their musical skills increase
and hence, a wider range of musical options are offered.
In the Middle School Music Program students engage with
music through making and responding. Central to the Middle
School Music Program are the Kodaly and Orff pedagogical
approaches where students experience music through singing,
performing on instruments, movement and listening.
Music in the Senior School builds upon the skills and
understandings students have developed in the Middle School.
In Years 9 and 10 students studying Music will further develop
their performance skills on their instrument of choice, as well as
continuing to develop their music literacy. Aural and theoretical
skills are developed to assist students to understand how their
music, and the music of others, is created. These skills further
enhance the students’ ability to practice and perform with great
efficiency and effectiveness.
The strong performance focus of the Year 9 and 10 Music
Program in conjunction with the development of music literacy
skills prepares students for challenges of Music at the TCE.
Students are taught by experienced and professional music
educators who specialise in instrumental pedagogy. Through
the development of their instrumental technique and musical
understanding students will develop a sense of achievement
and personal satisfaction as they achieve their musical goals.
During their lessons students do not just learn how to play their
chosen instrument, they also develop theory, ear-training and
sight-reading skills, as well as their general knowledge.
Students will be provided a list of resources required for
learning an instrument. For example, this may include
technique books, solo repertoire, reeds, valve oil, strings, rosin,
Beginner and intermediate students undertake individual or
shared lessons. Lessons occur weekly
and are timetabled during the normal school day. Extended
lessons are offered to the College’s Senior students to assist in
their preparation for more advanced examinations, such as
AMEB Grade 5 and above, and students studying TCE or
UTAS performance courses.
All students undertaking instrumental or vocal lessons are
expected to participate in at least one of the College’s large
ensembles (i.e. choir, band or orchestra)
Scotch Oakburn College offers a large number of instruments for
students to learn and play in a College ensemble.
1. Guitar tuition is offered in all styles at Scotch Oakburn
College. All students learning guitar must play in
one ensemble and attend the Guitar Ensemble that
rehearses at lunchtime.
2. Students learning drum kit are expected to learn other
percussion instruments and participate in at least one
of the College’s ensembles.
3. Piano students are required to either learn another
instrument or join one of the College’s ensembles or
choirs. Percussion, especially keyboard percussion (i.e.
orchestral xylophone) is an ideal second instrument.
French Horn Xylophone
Bass Clarinet Trombone Snare & Bass Drum Bagpipes
Double Bass Oboe
Euphonium Drum Kit2
Bass Guitar Saxophone
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