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Lawrence Hargrave School

Lawrence Hargrave School

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Lawrence Hargrave School offers a contemporary Music Program that encourages students to sing and learn to play a musical instrument individually and as a group.

Lawrence Hargrave School promotes the opportunity for students to create and produce their own CDs using the latest technology and perform at concerts within the school and wider community.

The Music Years 7–10 Syllabus contains both Mandatory and Elective courses. The Mandatory course is taught as a coherent study of 100 hours, not spread over several years. This is a requirement for eligibility for the award of the Record of School Achievement. The Elective course can be studied for 100 or 200 hours in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10).

Course Description

All students should have the opportunity to develop their musical abilities and potential. As an artform, music pervades society and occupies a significant place in world cultures and in the oral and recorded history of all civilisations. Music plays important roles in the social, cultural, aesthetic and spiritual lives of people. At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression. It enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences. The nature of musical study also allows students to develop their capacity to manage their own learning, engage in problem-solving, work collaboratively and engage in activity that reflects the real world practice of performers, composers and audiences.

What will students learn about?

In both the Mandatory and Elective courses, students will study the concepts of music (duration, pitch, dynamics and expressive techniques, tone colour, texture and structure) through the learning experiences of performing, composing and listening, within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

The Mandatory course requires students to work in a broad range of musical contexts, including an exposure to art music and music that represents the diversity of Australian culture. The Elective course requires the study of the compulsory topic Australian Music, as well as a number of optional topics that represent a broad range of musical styles, periods and genres.

What will students learn to do?

In Music, students learn to perform music in a range of musical contexts, compose music that represents the topics they have studied and listen with discrimination, meaning and appreciation to a broad range of musical styles.

The study of the concepts of music underpin the development of skills in performing, composing and listening.

Course Requirements

The Mandatory course is usually studied in Years 7 and/or 8. Students may not commence study of the Elective course until they have completed the requirements of the Mandatory course.

Record of School Achievement

Satisfactory completion of the mandatory Music course will be recorded on the student’s Record of School Achievement.

Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of elective study in Music during Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of School Achievement