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Virtually every person every day experiences music. Every person has the capacity to enjoy and make music. Every culture in the world includes music in some form: for ceremony, relaxation, communication, celebration and enjoyment. The world would be inconceivable without music. All children should have music as a core component of their education, from the first year of   
pre-school through to their senior school years. Music learning contributes to intellectual and cognitive growth through the development of skills, techniques and processes. Recent research illustrates how learning music helps students improve in other academic and social areas of their lives. Music is a unique avenue to succeed at school. Most of all music is a great source of enjoyment and personal achievement.irtually every person every day experiences music. Every person has the capacity to enjoy and make music. Every culture in the world includes music in some form: for ceremony, relaxation, communication, celebration and enjoyment. The world would be inconceivable without music. All children should have music as a core component of their education, from the first year of pre-school through to their senior school years. Music learning contributes to intellectual and cognitive growth through the development of skills, techniques and processes. Recent research illustrates how learning music helps students improve in other academic and social areas of their lives. Music is a unique avenue to succeed at school. Most of all music is a great source of enjoyment and personal achievement.
 
Music is an essential part of human life and satisfies many of an individuals social and cultural needs. Through a unique way of knowing students access a channel for self-expression, creativity and familiarity with our cultural musical heritage.
 
Successful music students develop self-discipline, concentration, listening skills and fine motor responses to a high level. These traits are highly regarded in all subject areas and music students often enjoy high results in all of their subjects. Studying music helps students  to develop inter-personal skills, self-esteem, a sense of responsibility and teamwork. It often leads to improved memory and higher-order thinking skills.
 
The study of Music is approached through the three connected dimensions of
Performing, Composing and Musicology (Analysing). Through analysing music,
students develop understanding of styles and genres. This in turn enhances their ability to Perform and compose stylistically and within context. Through composing, students refine their musical knowledge and skills whilst exercising self-expression. Learning to compose leads to a deeper understanding of music that is to be analysed and aid in competent performing. Finally, performing music demonstrates students’ performance skills and may include, playing, singing, conducting, improvising and accompanying.
 
While Music has no prerequisite courses, it
is recommended that students have a good knowledge of the foundations of music and that they have developed some skill in reading music. Students are expected to contribute to the co-curricular music program by joining either the schools Vocal Ensemble, Concert Band or String Ensemble. It is also highly encouraged the students take private lessons of which Guitar and Piano are offered at school.
Music Extension  Available by application only in Year 12
Music Extension is designed to offer more challenge to Music students who wish to specialise in Composition, Musicology or Performance. The course is studied for two semesters of Year 12 and only available to students enrolled in Music. Learning experiences will vary each year, based on students’ needs and interests, thus enabling all students to develop their chosen pathway.
 
Performance: Students may play, sing or conduct music for an audience.
Composition: Students will combine the musical elements and use compositional devices to create music (presented as a recording and /or as a score).
 
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