Music is a very important part of life and the curriculum at St Margaret Mary’s College, contributing to the culture of the school in a very positive way.
Music encourages participation, listening and performance in a variety of musical activities.
Music is offered as a classroom subject to all year levels. In Year 7, all students participate in classroom music. In later years, Music is an elective subject. In Year 12, students who undertake Senior Music may also take a second subject, Music Extension.
Here in the College, we believe
- that music is for everyone and that everyone can learn
- that different students learn in different ways
- that the study and practise of Music is beneficial in teaching students Christian values and life skills
In the classroom, students study a cumulative developmental course that covers a very broad range of musical eras and genres. Students are taught to compose music, to perform both individually and in ensemble, to develop their musicianship and aural skills and to use music technology.
Private tuition is offered in many instruments and a number of ensembles offer extra-curricular participation and the opportunity for further musical development. Currently we have ensembles for guitars. The school has a large and well-known choir, Bella Voce, that welcomes new members and performs at many community events.
The music curriculum gives students many opportunities to grow in knowledge and understanding through experiencing music. It is an active and engaging practical subject with theoretical understanding growing out of practical experience.
St Margaret Mary’s College uses the study of Music to facilitate personal, social and spiritual development. Music students are encouraged, through the pursuit of excellence, to achieve their potential by using self-discipline. Students are also encouraged to use their talents for the benefit of others, through community performances and charity fund-raisers. Music is used as a vehicle to establish and develop friendships and support for one another. This is particularly true of our ensembles.
The school offers a variety of music ensembles to foster broad musical experience, musicianship and teamwork. We are committed to contributing to a Christian community in which creativity and the involvement of all are valued. While a certain degree of proficiency is required for instrumental ensembles, all students prepared to give the commitment of their time are welcomed into our choir.
- Bella Voce Choir
- Guitar Ensemble
Other ensembles can be formed depending on the availability and interest of students. In the past we have had flute, woodwind, jazz and strings groups.
Private Music Tuition
Private music tuition is currently offered in a number of instruments. These include: