The purpose of the mandatory Stage 4 syllabus is to provide students with the opportunity to build on the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes gained in Stage 3 and encourage the desire to continue learning in formal and informal musical settings beyond Stage 5.
The Stage 4 music course will introduce students to the basics of guitar, drums and piano.Students will develop their vocal skills and other talents.Learning activities will alsoexpose students to Mac music technology, such as Garageband. In Year 8 students will continue performance development and extension on guitar, singing, drums and individual skills. Students form, aurally copy and compose songs of their choice. In their studies, students have access to recording software and equipment.
Music around the world: Students are introduced to the fundamentals of music with reference to various cultures. The key cultures studied include Japan, Bali and the music of West Africa.
Instruments of Music:Students learn about the different types of instruments from a variety of musical genres. In groups, students design and build their own instrument and present it to the class.
Australian Music I:Students learn about Australia's indigenous music as a living cultural phenomenon. Genres covered include: traditional Aboriginal music, jazz, art music and popular music.
Film Music: Students learn about the function of music in film. In groups students compose and perform music to accompany a short youtube clip.
Popular Music:Students learn about the musical genres that have shaped the past fifty years. Students develop skills in voice, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Individually students complete a powerpoint/poster on a performing group or musician.
Informal Music Learning (Music for Small Ensembles): Students participate in the Musical Futures project where students in small groups form a band to perform and record songs.
Aboriginal Music and Informal Music Learning II (Classical Music):Students choose to learn and record an indigenous song for NAIDOC Week. Students participate in second phase of Musical Futures project. This section focuses on classical music in advertising. Students arrange pieces of classical music for performance
Songwriting: Students begin to compose their own songs as a band. Students also create hip hop compositions with music software programs.