Music at St Edmund's College is a key part of the broad education that the college offers to its students. The classroom music programme is available to all students across all levels of schooling from Middle School years through to Middle School, High School and Senior College.
Students in all years of Middle School learn music under specialist teachers. Through singing, playing, performing and movement, students gain basic music skills that they can develop further in the Middle and High School. The Dalcroze, Kodaly and Orff methods form the basis of the curriculum taught in the classroom.
Middle School and High School
As part of the college's Creative Performing Arts Programme, all students in year 7 undertake music as a subject for one term. In years 8, 9 and 10 the classroom music programme is offered as an elective subject and is taught by specialist teachers. Students have an opportunity to perform, compose and learn about different music styles. World music, popular music, film music, technology in music, classical music are some of the topics studied over the period of three years.
Individual and group performance is an essential part of the music curriculum. During allocated music class time, students develop their skills in instrument playing through participating in various music ensembles such as class band, guitar ensemble and individual performance.
Part of the class time is spent in the music computer laboratory, where students can use a wide range of the latest music software and equipment to help them develop their skills and creative expression through musical composition.
In years 11 and 12 the college offers a music course at Tertiary and Accredited level. Admittance to tertiary level requires successful completion of year 10 music or equivalent. The students must also learn a musical instrument. The course provides a pathway to tertiary studies. Individual performance, composition and musicology are the main areas of the tertiary music course.
The Accredited course is designed for students who have varying background and expectation in music. It caters for beginners and for those who wish to improve their present level of musicianship. Individual and group performance, composition, and musicology are the three major components of the programme.
Both courses are accredited with the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
Ms Margaret Thomas Tel: 6239 0698