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Performing Arts
Music education uniquely contributes to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of all students.

It allows for the expression of emotion and imagination, the intellect and the exploration of values. Music fosters an understanding of continuity and change, and of the connections between different times and cultures. The nature of musical study also allows students to develop their capacity to manage their own learning, engage in problem-solving, work collaboratively and engage in activity that reflects the real world practice of performers, composers and audiences. The study of music fosters knowledge, understanding and skills that contribute to lifelong processes of learning and to the appreciation and enjoyment of music.

Music provides the young men of St  Edward’s College with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes within a broad musical context and to emerge as musically sensitive and capable individuals with the capacity and desire for music to play a significant and continually developing role in their lives. The courses provide students with opportunities to engage in a range of musical styles, and for many, it will serve as a pathway for further training and employment in the music industry or in contemporary music fields.

At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression. It enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed provide a foundation for a wide range of study pathways beyond school and also have applications in a number of vocational areas.

Courses

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

  • Music Years 7 and 8 (Mandatory course)
  • Music  Years 9 and 10 (Elective course)
  • Music Years 11 and 12 (Preliminary and HSC courses)

Facilities

St Edward’s music department has two large classrooms, 26 computers in each room, a percussion/drum room and facilities for live recording. The classrooms are outfitted with modern audio/visual equipment.

Guitars, both acoustic and electric, keyboards, bass and percussion electric and acoustic, are also in each classroom for students to complete independent work or group work in each component of listening, composing and performing.  Brass and woodwind instruments are also available.

Software includes Finale,  Acid 7, Sibelius, Auralia and Musition. Students use this software as tools to assist them in the creative process of composing and listening.

 

In Drama, students learn about themselves and others by creating characters and situations. Drama provides a powerful means of exploring the way people react and respond to different situations, issues and ideas.

Drama provides a particular valuable means of increasing self-confidence and social awareness. Students are involved physically, emotionally and intellectually – they learn through doing.

Drama is a cooperative process through which students develop their ability to share and communicate. Drama helps students learn about emotions, problem solving and relating to others. Students develop their imagination and self-confidence.

The study of Drama is valuable for secondary students because it is an important form of expression and communication in almost every known culture, including those that make up Australian society. Drama is a subject, in which all pupils can, need and should participate. Students who have participated in Drama not only enjoy it, but also openly admit to being more confident with their communication and interpersonal skills and have a greater cultural appreciation and understanding. Members of the department aim to give students a wide variety of experiences and skills of this nature.

Courses

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Drama is not offered in Stage 4
  • Drama