Middle School Subjects – Music

Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.

As independent learners, students integrate listening, performing and composing activities. These activities, developed sequentially throughout Middle School, enhance their capacity to perceive and understand music. As students’ progress through studying Music, they learn to value and appreciate the power of music to transform the heart, soul, mind and spirit of the individual. In this way, students develop an aesthetic appreciation and enjoyment of music. You may read the Australian Curriculum

Year 7

All Year 7 students study Music, including elements of Performance, Song writing, Sound Production and Theory. They perform as a whole Year 7 cohort at the Music Count Us In concert in Term 4.

Students develop confidence in expressing creativity. They compose music both individually and collaboratively using either their body, voice, instrument or computer software. They improvise, respond and listen to music, focusing particularly on the six elements of music: pitch, rhythm, dynamics and expression, timbre, texture and form and structure.

Year 8 and 9

Emmaus offers two Music electives in Year 8 and 9: Music Studies and Performance and Music Production and Song Writing. Both pathways may be studied concurrently.

Music Studies and Performance (Full year)

Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the elements of Music and its application in performance and composition through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:

  • Theory and aural testing (Musition and Auralia)
  • Composition (Noteflight)
  • Critical listening and analysis
  • Ensemble rehearsal (band/choir) and skill development
  • Effective practicing strategies and solo performance skill development
  • Performance opportunities

Music Production and Song Writing (Semester)

Year 8 (available in 2021), Year 9 (available in 2022)

Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the elements of Music and its application in sound production and song writing through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:

  • Explore modern song writing techniques (lyrics, melodies, chord progressions)
  • Critical listening and analysis
  • Develop foundational theory and aural skills (Musition and Auralia)
  • Use technology involved with recording and mixing music (Soundtrap and Studio One)
  • Work collaboratively to create original music and explore ways to share with others

Subject considerations:

  • It is compulsory for students to study Music for a full year in Year 7.
  • Students in Year 8 and 9 choose either a full year or semester course, or both. The full year course is more advanced and students are required to have regular instrumental tuition (half hour/week preferred).
  • All students are encouraged to participate in an extra-curricular ensemble and performance opportunities throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular Ensembles:

  • Concert Band
  • Middle School Worship Band
  • Middle School Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Vocal Ensemble

Year 10 Music