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


Students will examine a range of stimulus materials 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. 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.

Middle School Production is a semester long elective that will work on developing collaborative ensemble skills. Students will be asked to choose a stagecraft and/or an acting role and devise ideas through a range of assignments, workshops and group tasks. Students will have an opportunity to experience lighting, sound, acting, costume design, set design, promotion/publicity and stage management. Production class will perform their play to an outside audience that will be their main assessment task for the subject. This elective requires students to be available for an after school rehearsal. 


Music Performance Skills 1 (Semester 1)

This music elective is suitable for students who like music performance with strong links to the VCE music study designs. Students will focus on their skills in performance and present a group performance for their main assessment, as well as at least one solo performance as a hurdle requirement. This will include a focus on how to effectively approach practise, improve technique, and develop students own individual approach to their practise. This elective will also have a strong emphasis on music analysis and musicianship. Students will learn associated music theory and analysis skills, including understanding harmony, melody, and rhythm, as well as approaches to transcribing.

There will be multiple performance opportunities at school, with the semester culminating with a gig at a real venue! In 2022 this was at Transit Lounge at Transport Hotel, Fed Square.

Music Performance Skills 2 (Semester 2)

This music elective can be taken alone or as a follow on from Music Performance Skills 1. While it incorporates many skills and key knowledge taught in the previous semesters subject, it focuses more on long-form performance, improvisation, and stagecraft; all the things that make for a more unique and creative performance! Students will complete various performance activities early in the semester to inform the makeup of the final bands that will work together for a majority of the semester. Bands will spend the semester working towards learning and rehearsing a 25 - 30 minute set of music. Students will complete a series of improvisation tasks along the way, learning associated music theory and analysis skills in a practical way. This includes understanding harmony, melody, and rhythm, as well as approaches to transcribing.

There will be multiple performance opportunities at school, with the semester culminating with a gig at a real venue!

Music For Film (Semester 1)

This Music elective is suitable for students with little or no music theory skills and has a large performance and music technology component. Students will learn to compose music for the moving image using digital audio workstations (DAW's) such as Audacity and ACID and the music notation software 'Sibelius'. Students will be introduced to the 'Modes' or 'moods' of the major scale and will learn how to create them and harness them for dramatic effect in their work. Students will also develop their music listening skills, undertake a listening exam and learn music theory which they will demonstrate in a written theory exam. 

Composition and Arranging (Semester 2)

The core focus of Composing and Arranging is to develop students’ composition and arranging skills through critical listening, analysis, and developing an understanding of ways music is organised, created and performed in a range of styles and traditions. The unit works as a standalone subject, with many of the tasks offering differentiation for varying levels of musicianship. 

Students will learn how to notate music for popular instruments and arrange a music sheet. They will listen to and analyse diverse versions of the same songs. Students will create a cover to any song they wish in a creative and interesting manner. The students will also learn about harmony and chord progressions. Finally they will draw on everything learned throughout the semester to compose their own song or piece of music. 

*Pending for 2023

Students going into Year 10 may choose to apply for an advanced study of music.

The new VCE Music Study Design for 2023 - 2027 features a single Music Units 1&2 sequence. Each unit addresses knowledge and skills across performing, creating, and analysing/responding to music. 

The sequence now also better caters to students from non-traditional music backgrounds. This may include students who are self-taught (have not had formal lessons/training), use digital instruments and/or DAW/software, or use other 'sound sources'.

Students perform and demonstrate technical skills specific to an instrument or sound source of their own choosing. Students may present on a variety of instruments and/or sound sources, and also sing as part of their program.

Unit 1 focus: Organisation of music

Unit 2 focus: Effect in music

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