Music is for everybody, and like many of the other marvels of humanity, needs to be inculcated as early as possible. This is not some kind of ‘high culture’ limited to the privileged, but a treasure chest which can and must be made available and accessible to enrich every life. (Rattle, 1998)
Primary School MusicIn GCC Primary school, the Dalcroze approach to music education is used.
Dalcroze is a method of teaching music through movements. This approach takes practical experience as its starting point, most often beginning with an activity in which students feel the movements of their body while hearing the music. Primary students learn to play percussion, ukulele, recorders, guitars and much more.
Several studies have shown that music education at an early age stimulates the child’s brain in a number of ways, helping to improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills.
Parents are invited to consider the participation of their children in the following instrumental music programs and co-curricular ensembles:
- Little Voices – Lower Primary Choir
- Sing and Shout – Upper Primary Choir
- Primary Concert Band – Year 5 and 6 students who learn band instruments
- Primary String Ensemble – Year 4, 5 and 6 students who learn string instruments
Secondary School MusicStudents in Secondary school are exposed to a variety of musical opportunities. Year 7 & 8 students complete one term of music, with Year 7 experiencing keyboard and Year 8 participating in a guitar program.
Students from Year 9 have the opportunity to choose to continue with Music as an elective subject where they can explore music on their own chosen instrument. Throughout Middle and Senior school, students are exposed to many genres and explore many periods of music throughout history. Students are encouraged to enrol in instrumental music lessons with a private tutor, however, it is not compulsory for classroom Music.
- Instrumental Music Program Handbook
- College Ensembles Attendance form
- Vocal and Instrumental Enrolment and Re-enrolment form
- Musical Instrument Loan Agreement form
Instrumental Music Tutors
The College’s instrumental music tutor’s details are below but please note that an enrolment form MUST be filled out before a student can commence instrumental lessons.
Hila Yusupov – Piano / Voice / Musicianship
m) 0434 643 170
Emily Salonen – Piano
m) 0479 095 404
Justin D’Costa – Guitar
m) 0451 849 544
Terry Robson – Drums / Percussion
m) 0423 579 099
Matthew Gill – Brass
m) 0428 085 826
Chrissy Davis – Strings
m) 0419 724 202
David Exton – Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
m) 0421 035 832