Music is uniquely an aural art form. The essential nature of music is abstract. Music encompasses existing sounds that are selected and shaped, new sounds created by composers and performers, and the placement of sounds in time and space. Composers, performers and listeners perceive and define these sounds as music.
Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.
NB: In Grade 7 all students will study Music for half of the year. In Grades 8-10, Music becomes an Optional subject.
GUITAR (Grade 8)
Students receive specialist and individual instrument tuition lessons in a practical subject that focuses on playing the acoustic guitar. They also perform in ensembles, as a soloist or in individual practice.
INSTRUMENTAL (Grade 8)
Students receive specialist and individual instrument tuition lessons in woodwind or brass in this practical subject that focuses on playing a woodwind or brass instrument. Instruments covered include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, cornet, trumpet, baritone, French/tenor horn, euphonium, trombone and tuba. Students also perform in ensembles, as a soloist, or in individual practice.
MUSIC (GRADE 9)
This is a practical subject that focuses on creativity, instrument practice and performance. Students can follow a pathway to grade 10 and pre tertiary music in college.
MUSIC (GRADE 10)
This is a practical subject that focuses on creativity, instrument practice and performance. The focus for Grade 10 students is an instrumental solo performance, ensemble situations and preparation for pre tertiary courses.
MUSIC – SCHOOL PRODUCTION (Grades 9 & 10)
Students work on performances around the School Production. School production involves rehearsals, during and outside of school hours and many performances.
MUSIC THEATRE (Grades 9 & 10)
New Town High School, more than any other secondary school in Tasmania, has a proud history of producing musicals to a high standard, and was certainly to the forefront in this area of performing arts, well in advance of what now has become the province of Colleges with their annual offerings.
This program has been conceived as an extension of our musical production, which we would envisage as becoming an annual event.
The course is designed to be accredited under the current “Arts Applied” syllabus. As such it is assessed under a number of criteria which range from performance requirements through to research and development of arts works for audiences.
MUSIC SENIOR CONCERT BAND AND GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Senior Concert Band and Guitar Ensemble rehearse on Tuesday afternoons 3 to 4pm. They involve rehearsing a repertoire of music for performance situations, concerts, assemblies, Arts Evening and tours. It is expected that students studying grade 9 and 10 music will participate in Senior Concert Band and Guitar Ensemble.