THE MUSIC PROGRAM
Learning a musical instrument at school opens up a whole new world of
opportunities. Students who learn an instrument become part of a large
group of students who will work to create music together, ranging from
Year 8 to Year 12.
Students who play an instrument develop many skills such as
self-discipline, the ability to co-operate, and interact with other
students of like interests. They also have an interesting, fun, and
enjoyable way of occupying their spare time.
At Woodvale we aim to offer new students the opportunity to
become part of this group. With its large program, numerous ensembles,
and instrumental resources, we provide a musical opportunity that few
other schools can provide.
The music course at Woodvale Secondary College is a
FIVE YEAR COMMITMENT. We
expect therefore, that students enrolling in the course for Year 8 will
participate in the course until AT LEAST, the end of Year 10. Please
consider this very carefully, and do not enrol your child if there is
any doubt that they will not complete the three year course. The
students are selected for the program to create a very delicate balance
within the ensembles and it is in doing this that we can maintain such
a high performance standard.
This music course is offered to students who wish to study one of
the following instruments; Flute, Clarinet,
Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone,
Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Classical Guitar, Piano, or
The course is divided into two parts, class music, and instrumental/
ensemble music. Although shown on the student’s timetable,
instrumental/ensemble music is completed outside of class time.
This means that concert band/choir/guitar ensembles are all held before
or after school, and students come out of their subject classes to
attend group instrumental lessons.
This course is a three year course, and is a pre-requisite for the TEE
music course in Years 11 and 12.
2 hours class music, which is the equivalent, of ONE OPTION on the
subject selection sheet. Students in class music study aural
(listening), history, literature, and basic music knowledge.
One 30-40 minute lesson per week. Students come out of their normal
subject classes each week on a rotating timetable, and are expected to
catch up on any work they miss.
One ensemble rehearsal per week. Concert Band (1½ hrs after school) or
Classical Guitar Ensemble (1 hr before school).
One choir rehearsal which is compulsory for Year 8 students only (1
hour after school).
Each of the three concert bands at Woodvale participate in a yearly
camp. The camps provide the students with an invaluable opportunity to
mature and develop musically as an ensemble, whilst providing a range
of other activities from team building, to cycling and abseiling.
TOURS– Every second year the Symphonic Wind
Orchestra tours to an interstate or overseas location, performing
concerts, and showcasing our senior ensembles.
AWARDS – At the end of the
ensemble year in term three, the John Feutrill award for excellence in
music is presented to the student who has demonstrated exceptional
commitment to their musical studies. The award is open to all students
in Years 8-12, and comes with a trophy and cash prize. In addition,
there are awards for the top and most improved student in every
– students in all years are involved in many varying
performance opportunities, from our formal semester one concert, to the
senior cabaret night in third term.
Applications for the Program close at
Woodvale Secondary College on
13 May 2013
Please note that no
acknowledgement will be sent by the school on receipt of your
Auditions will be held on
Sunday 16 June 2013
Phil Mullane, Music Program
9309 0808 for further details
To apply for selection, collect an
application package from the Woodvale SC Administration Office or
Applicants who do not reside within
the school's boundaries will also be required to complete the Out
of Area Application:
of Area Application Form