Do you enjoy Music? The following subjects are for those interested in creating, making, playing, practising, researching and performing music. Students choose subjects in Music if they want to learn new techniques and practise their skills. At Year 9 you can choose either Rock Band or Music Performance.
~Form a band of 4 – 6 members
~Research and choose a collection of songs to play
~Learn how to play the chords, riffs, rhythms and melodies on an instrument and/or sing in the band
~Explore the workings of the main instruments in a band: Bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, drum kit and percussion
~Practise individually and rehearse as a band
~Learn how to read chord charts, tablature and sheet music
~Study relevant music theory: Pitch, Notation, Rhythm, Tonality and Chords
~Learn about sound amplification, the equipment required and how to use it effectively and safely
~Understand and take part in the recording process: Pre-Production (rehearsal), Production (recording) and Post- Production (mixing)
A Student’s Perspective:
Participating in Year 9 Rock Band was one of my highlights of the year. It was a very fun class to attend and really developed my skills when working together with other people. I play the guitar and this class really helped me to hone in my skills when doing solos or as part of a group. The subject wasn’t just practical work but also the theory behind what we were learning. This was presented in a fun way which allowed everyone to participate and enjoy what they were learning. It was also a really awesome class in the sense that I could talk about music to those that love music. I was able to hang out with some really cool people and have a fun, chill lesson. Madelyn Janky 2016
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I don’t play an instrument and/or sing?
That is okay.
You will learn the basics of an instrument and play a simpler version of the original part.
Can I swap instruments?
Yes. If you are a multi-instrumentalist or want to have a go at singing, then negotiate with the band members to swap roles.
What do I do in the lesson?
A concept, such as music theory, music industry and/or sound technology is explored together, then the band rehearses for the remainder of the lesson.
What if I don’t like the song?
Most bands end up with a collection of about 5 songs, so eventually, everyone gets their preference.
Listen to a recording:
To Listen to previous recordings – Year 9 Rock Band
~Perform every week in class either as a soloist or in a duo, trio or quartet
~Record all performances for reflection and learning
~Perform a ten minute recital at the conclusion of the semester
~Perform a song/piece in a class ensemble at Music Festival
~Identify and understand symbols, patterns, concepts used in music
~Theory: rhythms, pitch, tonality, scales and chords
~Aural: rhythmic and melodic transcription
~Research the concept of ‘deliberate practice’ and do an experiment using the findings
~Investigate the history, mechanics/anatomy of your instrument or the singing voice
~Listen to and explore the elements of music in a variety of songs and pieces
~Compose a short work using rhythm and scales as the stimulus
A Student’s Perspective
“A class where you can truly express your creativity.” Sasha Sassine – 9 Music Performance 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have private music lessons?
Although it is not obligatory to have private music lessons with an instrumental/singing teacher, it is extremely beneficial for your progress.
Do I have to perform each week?
Not necessarily, but it is best to try to perform weekly. Regular performance is the best way for you to improve your confidence and musicality.
Can I sing/play with someone else?
Yes. Sharing your passion for music with others, and spending time together collaborating on a song or piece to perform, is a great way to improve your confidence and ensemble skills.
A Student’s Perspective
“A class where you can truly express your creativity.” Sasha Sassine 2016
Listen to a recording:
- VCE Music Performance
- Sing/Play Music for your own enjoyment and fulfilment
- Sing/Play for your family and friends
- Sing/Play at church
- Sing/Play in a community orchestra/band/choir
- Enhance your appreciation for music – concerts, recordings
If you enjoy Music you may like to think about career options. See the below link for information about occupations and/or training in this area.
- Song Writer
- Video Game Scorer
- Film Sound Track Composer
- App Music Creator
- Mobile Phone Ring Tone Composer
- Sound Designer
- Freelance Song Writer
- Jingle Writer (Radio, TV and Other Media)
- Music Producer
- Band member
- Session musician
- Music Teacher
- Music Supervisor