In Stage 5 students have the option of studying music as a 100hr or 200hr course. Here students further develop skills attained in the mandatory course and begin to specialise on an instrument or voice. In each of the topics studied, students are exposed to music from a diverse array of styles, periods and genre. Students explore this music through fundamental learning experiences of listening, performing and composing.
Classical Music: Students learn about art music from the classical Period. Through listening, performance and composition activities students experience the music of the great composers, while developing integral musicological skills.
Music for Small Ensembles I: Students form a small ensemble in class and perform a popular song of their choice. Students must designate roles and work co-operatively to complete the task
Jazz and Blues: Students learn about the developments in Jazz during the 20thCentury. A heavy focus will be placed on the genre of blues. Students will be required to perform and arrange a 12 bar blues with solos.
Theatre Music: Students learn about the function of music in theatre. In groups students will contribute towards a class musical featuring songs learnt in class.
Rock Music: Students learn about the progressions of Rock music in the past 50 years. For their first assessment students design and publish an app based on their favourite musical genre. Students then work collaboratively to perform a piece from a selected genre.
Australian Music (Aboriginal Focus): Students will experience a broad snapshot of current musical life in Australia. Students watch several Indigenous films and analyse how the music helps depict the stories in each film.
Music for Small Ensembles II: Students learn about song writing and song structures. A heavy focus will be placed on students working in groups to compose a song.
Music of a Culture: Students will experience the popular music from Asian, African and Caribbean cultures. Students will create a composition based on one of these cultures.