THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC

At Werribee Secondary College, we believe that learning to play an instrument and appreciating music is important for all students. Making music can make a significant contribution to wellbeing of the mind, body and soul, as well as social support and involvement in community service and civic engagement.

We provide our students with outstanding opportunities within our extensive program, regardless of ethnicity, economic resources or capabilities; we believe that all students should be able to participate and experience the excitement of making music.

Our Music Department encourages all its music students to develop and refine their music skills and aim for excellence through performance.  Music is a discipline and requires students to commit their time, energy and concentration.  The Music Department has a developed a strong performance culture and students are expected to participate regularly in public performance.  All performances take place in a positive, safe and nurturing environment.

Our Music Staff devote considerable amounts of time and energy to working with our students so they experience a sense of belonging and can contribute actively to the College and wider communities.  We encourage students to work together across year levels toward a common goal.

Classroom Music

Music is studied by all students in Years 7 and 8.  Students take part in performances using recorder, keyboard, voice and guitar. Students are able to present work using the class laboratory, which is equipped with 26 keyboards and guitars; students are also taught skills in basic music theory and aural work.

In Years 9 and 10 large numbers of students select one of our Music electives. Students are encouraged to be independent learners and determine their program in consultation with our staff; students can discuss their selection of material and instruments, if they wish to work solo or as part of a group.  Many students participate in our choirs and present the rehearsed pieces in our major concerts.  In addition, these electives train students in the correct use of music technology to enhance performance.

Students who wish to take their music-making further may participate in VCE Music Performance classes.

Students are also expected to perform regularly within the classroom music program.

Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music Program adds an exciting element to our varied co-curricular program.  We have a large number of highly qualified musicians who provide tuition for students in:

Woodwind: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba

Strings: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass

Percussion: Tuned and Untuned

Piano

Voice

Guitar

A large number of instruments are available for hire, including: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone,  French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass.

Ensembles

We have an expectation that all students who participate in instrumental music will participate in one of the College’s many ensembles:

Choir - all students are welcome to join, and rehearse once a week at lunchtime

Concert Choir - students who participate in voice lessons rehearse once a week at lunchtime

Year 9 and 10 Choir - elective music students rehearse once a week during class

Junior Band - Years 7 and 8 beginner band students

Senior Band - Year 8 and 12 band students

String Orchestra - all students learning strings

Year 7 Strings

Year 8 Strings

Jazz band - advanced band and percussion students, rehearse once a week at lunchtime

Percussion ensemble - all percussion students

Latin Guitar - advanced guitar students

Guitar - all guitar students

Several ensembles are run by student leaders

Music Leadership

Music Leaders are elected from music students in Year 10, 11 and 12.  Music Leaders perform an essential role in the smooth running of the Music Department as they help supervise the buildings and ensure that it is a safe, welcoming place for all and help in many ways at our concerts.

Concerts

The Music Department believes strongly that Music should be performed and as such, participation in concert performances are an essential component of our program.

Our Music Department organizes at least four lunchtime concert platforms per term which allows us to showcase some of the smaller ensembles and soloists; our larger ensembles have the opportunity to rehearse performance strategies.

Many of our ensembles perform at functions in the wider community.  Some of these include the University of the Thrd Age (U3A) Christmas Lunch, Federation Square “Festive Harmonies”, Geelong Show and Royal Melbourne Hospital live music festival, amongst others.

The College is proud to present four major concerts each year:

Term 1: Beginner Concert

This performance demonstrates the amazing musical abilities of our Year 7 students after just one term of instruction. All of our band and string beginners perform in this after school performance.

Term 2: Showcase Concert

This is a large-scale performance in which we present all of our performing ensembles at a venue outside the school.  At these concerts we have over 300 student performers and an audience in excess of 750.

Term 3: Arts in the Round

This concert enables soloists, duets and ensembles of all sizes to present a public performance.  The performances are run concurrently at four venues within the College grounds and involve the presentation of work by other disciplines.

Term 4: Twilight Concert

Our Junior and Middle School students take pride in the opportunity to present quality performances at this concert which concludes the Music Department’s annual program on a high note.