Music lessons form part of the compulsory curriculum from Foundation to Year 8. It is then offered as an elective subject in Years 9 to 12 and can be completed as part of SACE Stages 1 and 2.
Junior School Music
The Junior School curriculum engages students in music at all year levels from Foundation to Year 6. Music knowledge, understanding and skills are developed individually and collaboratively. Students gain the confidence to be creative, innovative, thoughtful and skillful musicians. They learn skills to respond and listen with intent and purpose and develop an understanding of music as an aural art form as they acquire skills to become independent music learners.
At Emmaus Christian College, we value giving our students opportunities to experience hands on learning and our Band Program is one of the College’s initiatives that creates a platform for this. This program allows all Year 5 and 6 students to learn an instrument for one semester and culminates in a performance in front of an audience at the ‘Battle of the Bands’ showdown.
Instrumental Tuition and Ensembles
Year 5/6 Band Program
Middle and Senior School Music
Music is a compulsory subject for Years 7 to 8, and an elective subject for Years 9 to 12. Music lessons across Years 7 to 12 cover practical studies, theory, aural, sound production and song writing.
Students who elect to study a full year of music in Year 8 are strongly encouraged to enrol in instrumental tuition. Please note that students who are wishing to pursue music in Year 9 and beyond should undertake study in an instrument in Year 8 to be assessment ready on their instrument. It is expected that as part of the subject studies, music students in Years 8 to 12 will:
- Perform at the annual Emmaus Music Showcase
- Perform at an Instrumental Evening either Autumn, Winter or Spring
- Undertake individual weekly lessons on their chosen instrument
- Be encouraged to audition for College Ensembles and the Middle and Senior Musical
SACE Music Subjects
Instrumental Tuition (all Students)
Instrumental tuition is available at the College during the school day. Instrumental Tutors provide lessons individually and lesson times across all year levels are rotated so students do not miss the same subject weekly.
Instrumental tuition lessons are available for a wide range of instruments including the following:
Recommended Student Year level
|Year 1 +||Recorder, Viola, Violin|
|Year 2 +|
Piano (classical or modern), Guitar (acoustic, electric or bass), Fife, Ukulele, Cello, Drums
|Year 3 +|
|Year 4 +||Clarinet, Saxophone|
|Year 5 +|
|Year 6 +||Voice, Voice + Piano Duo|
|Year 7 +||Bassoon|
Please note that the Year levels are a guide only. Tutors may assess students if they wish to start an instrument earlier.
The fee for each 30 minute lesson is $32.00 per student.
Parents liaise directly with the instrumental tutor regarding payment and student progress. Students experience a variety of music within their lessons and will receive a report on their progress each semester.
Please refer to the links below for full program details and all relevant forms required to enrol in instrumental lessons.
How to Enrol
Music Assistant, Emmaus Christian College, 7 Lynton Avenue, South Plympton SA 5038 or email Alanah Medhurst.
Music Performance Levels
All students who learn an instrument at the College participate in Music Performance Levels. This is a program created by the Music Coordinator F-12 in collaboration with the college music tutors to give students a performance opportunity and to give a measure of how they are progressing on their instrument.
Learning an instrument is a journey, requiring time and commitment to further develop their skills. Performance Levels enable us to celebrate their journey along the way. At the end of each semester students perform for two instrumental music tutors/class music teachers. These two markers confirm if the student is performing at their allocated level (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum). Certificates are awarded and presented at assembly to acknowledge their commitment to learning their instrument. Please note that one instrumental tuition lesson per semester will be replaced by this performance.
A variety of evenings are scheduled throughout the year, giving our instrumental students opportunity to perform in front of an audience. Students/Parents are notified when the online form is live to book their place in the evening’s show. We encourage all students to perform irrespective of their ability. Students learning an instrument outside of the College are also encouraged to perform.
Please note that all music students who are part of the ensembles listed below require the Performance Uniform. This includes the College blazer for all students and for boys, a tie and long pants, whether in Junior, Middle or Senior School. For the Generations in Jazz Festival both Stage Band and Vocal Ensemble require formal black attire such as black dress pants; provided by families.
- Stage Band 1
- Chamber Ensemble
- Vocal Ensemble