Curricular - Music

Introduction

The Riverina Anglican College Music Program is built around three pillars: our Music Academy Tuition Program, our Music Academy Ensemble Program, and our Classroom Music Program.

Our three pillars are interdependent faculties of excellence in music pedagogy, nurturing our community’s relationship with the imagination, creativity, truth and beauty of the human embodiment of Christ’s goodness. Music is a gift from God, and we help our students receive, give and understand this gift as performers, creators, listeners and thinkers, celebrating our diversity in self-expression and communication across global, socio-cultural and historical contexts.  

 

Each pillar fosters in the College community a love and knowledge of music as a means of personal expression, a tool for emotional wellbeing, a miraculous realisation of mathematics and science and a neurophysiological stimulus for language development.

Music Academy Ensemble Program

Our Ensemble Program seeks to educate the whole musician through a positive, rigorous and caring educational environment which develops and nurtures the following skills:

  • Teamwork: students play many different musical parts that fit together to make a whole. Students learn to listen and make non-verbal compromises about balance, intent and unite with each other to create music as a team.
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Students transcend regular social networks to discover new friendships in new networks. Playing an instrument can be a solitary pursuit, but when we play with others, we enjoy the benefits of interaction.
  • Peer learning: Winston Churchill once said "Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." Ensemble playing gives students the opportunity to learn from each other through the sharing of skills, ideas and learning experiences. Students have an opportunity to lead their own learning, under the guidance of the ensemble director. Some of the most profound learning experiences, the "aha" moments, come from sharing knowledge with peers.
  • Experiential learning: “The process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience" (Kolb 1984, p41). The ensemble experience is a hands on learning experience where the foundations taught in private lessons and classroom music are applied to create pieces of live music.
  • Citizenship: Like any team activity, being part of an ensemble helps students develop skills in commitment, organisation, responsibility, accountability, thinking and communication. These attributes form part of the key skillset of a 21st-century learner and citizen. 
  • Fun learning: Many researchers have found that learning is enhanced when aligned with positive emotions. Our Ensembles Program is underpinned by a philosophy that music, and learning, should be fun and effective. We believe that a positive music learning experience yields high standards of musical achievement.

Students can apply to be part of any of the following Music Academy Ensembles:

  • College Band - For students in Years 7 - 12 who play brass, woodwind, percussion or rhythm instruments. Accomplished Beginners to Advanced students. Entry by application. Rehearsals on a rotating timetable during school hours on Thursday and Friday.
  • Stage Band - For students in Years 9 - 12 who play brass, woodwind, percussion or rhythm instruments. For Advanced students. Entry by invitation. Rehearsals 3.20 - 4.20 on Friday.
  • String Sinfonia - For students in Years 7 - 12 who play string instruments. For Intermediate to advanced students. Entry by application and audition. Rehearsals 3.20 - 4.20 on Thursday.
  • String Chords - For students in Years 7 - 12 who are beginner string players. For Beginners. Rehearsals 3.20 - 3.50 on Thursday.
  • Acadmeny Vocal EnsembleFor students in Years 7 - 12. Entry by audition. Rehearsals 1.30 - 3.00 on Fridays.

For more information about Music Academy Ensembles, click here.

Apply for membership in a Music Academy Ensemble here.

Music Academy Tuition Program

Learning to play an instrument activates a complex network of neural pathways across and within the visual, motor and auditory cortices. Engaging both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, learning an instrument actually increases the volume and activity in the corpus callosum. Students who learn an instrument benefit from increased cognitive control, improving literacy, numeracy, memory and executive function.

 

The Music Academy Tuition Program offers individual and group tuition delivered by a lively local community of artist-practitioners, teachers, supported by student mentors. Our teachers are united in a commitment to engaging, fun, contemporary and informed teaching practice. The perpetual goal is to engage students in a cycle of progress through positive interactions with music.

 

Lessons are available in many styles and genres in over 15 instruments and are complemented by the Academy Ensembles Program. Families can access a range of tuition packages in violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and drum kit. Lessons are provided during class time, lunchtime and after school hours.

 

The Music Academy Tuition Program also offers specialised programs for singers, guitarists and string players. These Specialist Academy programs guide students through a program of private tuition, performance goals and ensemble experiences.

 

Specialist Academy Programs

Vocal Academy

Thursday String Academy

Guitar Academy

Applications for all Music Academy Tuition Programs is via this online enrolment

 

Classroom Instrumental Music Program

Encore Gifted and Talented

Encore is our Stage 4 Gifted and Talented Program. Year 7 and 8 students who exhibit exceptional levels of skill, commitment, enthusiasm and potential in an instrument can audition for a place in this specialised program which is integrated with the Stage 4 Mandatory Music course. Encore students are nurtured and coached by specialist instrumental staff in solo performing, ensemble skills, chamber music and small groups, through group tuition and masterclasses. Promising students have the opportunity to audition for the Encore Program before the commencement of both Year 7 and Year 8.

Stage 4 Instrumental Introductory Program

All students participate in an introductory instrumental program in the first semester of the Year 7 Mandatory Music course. Students learn a brass, woodwind or string instrument from a specialist tutor. Through this practical applied learning experience, students discover how to read, count and play beginner note values and pitches, collaborating to play beginner songs in our class bands.

Encore Starters Program

Year 7 students have the opportunity to opt in to a program of specialist instrumental tuition in Semester 2 of the Year 7 Mandatory Music course. The Encore Starters Program offers differentiated and accelerated instrumental tuition and ensemble preparation for students who demonstrate potential and commitment in the Instrumental Introductory Program. Encore Starter students can then apply to be part of the Gifted and Talented stream in Year 8.

Apply for Encore Programs here.

Instrument Hire

Students in the Ensemble, Tuition, and Encore program must supply their own instrument for their own use. The Music Academy has some instruments available for hire.

Apply for Instrument Hire here.

Enquiries

Enquiries should be directed to the Music Academy secretary.