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titleElective Subjects in Performing Arts

The following subjects are available in the Performing Arts stream are:


Students will Students will undertake a one year subject. Students will learn about formal dramatic structures through the rehearsal and performance of a play script.  This will include research and the development of all areas of stagecraft required for a performance.  As this will be a year long elective, students will choose a stagecraft to apply to the play, work collaboratively with the cast and an understanding of theatre styles. As well as developing a workbook with ideas students will also complete some evaluation after the production season has been completed. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshops, training and attend performances.  Students are required to regularly attend rehearsals, be cooperative and constructively contribute to the effectiveness of rehearsals and memorize dialogue.

Assessment is based on attendance, effort, attitude, performance and improvement.


Students will examine a range of cultures and use ideas drawn from personal knowledge, research and observation to improvise and develop their own drama work. They will learn about formal dramatic structures and research historical styles, forms and conventions. Students will rehearse and refine their work for particular audiences. They will attend a performance to inspire and extend their ideas about theatre making and reflect on the qualities of drama produced by themselves and others and upon the nature of the multicultural society in which they live and the ways this has enriched Australian drama. Students will be required to complete research and analytical exercises as well as scriptwriting and theatre design tasks.

Students will be assessed on a range of theoretical and practical work.

titleInstrumental Music

Tuition is available in small groups for all students in Years 7-12.

Students may elect to take lessons in

  • Strings:
  • violin
  • viola,
  • cello,
  • double bass
  • ·       Percussion:
  • kit
  • tuned percussion
  • ·       Woodwind:
  • flute,
  • clarinet,
  • saxophone,
  • oboe,
  • bass clarinet,
  • bassoon
  • ·       Brass:
  • trumpet,
  • tenor horn,
  • trombone,
  • euphonium,
  • tuba
  • ·       Guitar
  • acoustic,
  • bass guitar
  • Ø    Voice

Students wishing to access Instrumental Music Program are required to pay an annual Instrumental Music Tuition/ Materials charge. The amount will be advised. Students who wish to borrow school instruments are required to pay a further Instrumental Music/ Repair charge.

Enrolment forms are available from the Music office.

Progress reports will be issued by the instrumental music teachers, and students are required to present for formal internal assessment at this time.

Students may also undertake ABRSM or ANSCA exams if they wish.

titleMiddle School Class Music

Semester 1 

The Performer’s guide to music

Understanding different performance styles is necessary to develop personal expression and excellence in performance. This course will enhance students’ thinking about authentic and new ways of performing by investigating stylistic qualities of music from pre-20th century through to 20th and 21st century music. Students learn how and why music has been influenced by society and technology through the ages.

Assessment is based on attendance, performances and group and individual projects involving research, music theory, composition and presentations.

Reference: ‘A Performer’s Guide to Music Series’ ARSM

Music Technology

Students in Music Technology will study the history of recorded music and use a variety of software including Audacity, Acid Pro 6.0 and Sonar. Students learn about setting up stage equipment including microphones and public announcement systems and begin to understand music in a world influenced by media, advertising, the internet, You Tube and copyright issues. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to record a live performance using the Protocols system.

Assessment is based on attendance, a series of compositions, technical tasks and reflective essays.

Semester 2

Music Masterclass

Masterclass focuses on aspects of performance in small groups. Working in an ensemble requires specialist music and musicianship skills. Students will be able to develop their performance and ensemble skills through practice and performance. Study of music theory and aural skills in preparation for VCE Music Unit 1 & 2 is 50% of the course.

Assessment is based on attendance, performance preparation, performance reflection and aural and theory tests.

titleMusic VCE Units 1 & 2 (Year 10)

These units focus on performance in solo and group contexts, studying approaches to performance and performing, and developing skills in aural comprehension. Students present a solo and a group performance, demonstrate prepared technical work and perform previously unseen music.

Students will be assessed in each unit in the following areas:

  • Performance Skill Development
  • Perform 3 solo works of differing style with accompaniment (30%)
  • Participation in an approved ensemble (15%)
  • Music Craft
  • Presentation on learning (5%)
  • Music Language for Performance
  • Theory Test (20%)
  • Aural Test (20%)
  • Class Study Work (technical and sight-reading) (10%)