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Course - Music

At Covenant Christian School, students are encouraged to develop their gifts in music in order to be able to serve their classmates and the Covenant community. They can do this through performance opportunities while exploring their creativity through composition. At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression, and thus lends itself to the expression of faith, for both the individual and as a tool for outreach. Students are challenged to consider how they can use their gifts in music to further God’s kingdom.

Elective Music is designed for those students who wish to study in greater depth the Music program introduced in Year 7 and 8. The overall aim of elective Music is to provide the students with a variety of music experiences and activities and to encourage them to consider how they might use their musical gifts for the benefit of others.

Through these activities the students will:

  • write original compositions
  • develop aural awareness and skills
  • become familiar with standard musical terminology
  • become familiar with various musical styles and techniques
  • have the opportunity to perform in a musical ensemble
  • listen to various performances and analyse styles.

Content

The content of the elective Music program is divided into three strands:

  • Performing – performance on a specialised instrument which requires solo playing and playing with a group, and ensemble singing. Please note: Students will need to receive outside tuition on their specialised instrument.
  • Composing – acquiring facility with western musical notation and developing technical skills that will assist the student in writing original creative expression (melodies, harmonic structures).
  • Listening – as well as the compulsory topic, Australian Music, at least four other topics are to be chosen for an in-depth study to be covered within the two years. The students study particular works which illustrate a specific style, composing technique and structure. Topics include classical music, music of a culture, jazz, and music for radio, film, TV and multimedia.

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.

FAQ - Music

Do I have to be able to play an instrument?

Yes, you do. You need to be receiving lessons on your instrument from a tutor. 

Is voice an instrument?

Of course it is! 

Is voice an instrument?

Of course it is! 

Do I need to bring my instrument every day?

No – you will only need to bring you instrument on practical days (usually only once or twice each week).

What if I play a large instrument?

If you play piano or drums, you can use the school equipment. You can also use the school’s amplifiers. 

Where can I store my instrument during the day it is at school?

You can use the Music Staffroom or Music Storeroom. There is usually a staff member there at the end of the day for you to collect your instrument.

Do I need to be in a school ensemble if I do elective Music?

Yes, you do. We ask you to be in one of our ensembles while you are studying music. This can include the school musical.

Do I have to be able to read music?

You should have a basic ability to read music and understand that this will be required of you in the Music course.

Do we have to study composition?

Yes – this is a compulsory are of the curriculum.

What are the Learning Areas for Music?

Performance, Listening and Composition.

Do I need to do Music in Year 9 & 10 if I want to choose it for Year 11 & 12?

If you would like to do Music 2 or extension, you need to have completed Stage 5 Music. You can choose to do Music 1 if you have not completed Stage 5, however, you may struggle to understand the terminology and concepts at first.

If you have further questions, please contact:
Creative Arts Coordinator - Mrs Nicole Conway
nconway@covenant.nsw.edu.au