In Year 11 and 12, students may elect to study Music 1 or Music 2 (both 2 unit courses). In Year 12, the addition of Music Extension is offered to allow students to further their learning and exploration in a specialist area of choice – musicology, composition or performance.
The course offers a broad range of topic areas and flexibility of choice for students who have prior formal or informal learning in music. The course structure is designed to adapt to meet the varied abilities and interests of students as they engage in a range of musical styles, including contemporary popular music.
Students have the opportunity to extend their musical knowledge of western art music which can serve as a pathway for further formal music study in tertiary institutions or in fields that use musical knowledge. The curriculum structure is adaptable to meet the needs and abilities of students with a range of interests and differing degrees of knowledge and skills.
Students with an extended history of formal music involvement frequently reach a high level of musical sophistication and desire to specialise in their senior school years. The purpose of the Extension course is to expand studies undertaken in Music 2 and is designed to focus the continuing development and refinement of a student’s advanced music knowledge and skills towards independent musicianship.