CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

THE FACULTY MISSION STATEMENT: TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF STUDENTS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL, LINGUISTIC AND ARTISTIC EXPERIENCES IN BOTH THE PERFORMING AND CREATIVE ARTS.

This is a faculty of diverse and creative staff. Subjects taught in this area are:

  • Music – Compulsory in Years 7 & 8. Elective in Years 9 – 12
  • Visual Arts – Compulsory in Years 7 & 8.Elective in Years 9 – 12
  • Languages – Compulsory in Year 8. Elective in Years 9 – 12
  • Drama – Elective in Years 9 – 12

Other subjects offered as electives in Years 9 – 12 are:

  • Photography & Digital Media
  • Visual Design ( Years 9 and 10 only)
  • This faculty also incorporates the support of our indigenous students through the employment of tutors and the running of a cultural and homework centre for these students after hours.

MUSIC

MUSIC 7-10 (COMPULSORY)

Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7 & 8. Students learn as much about music in these years as possible. In Year 7 students learn how to read and write music as well as some basic Keyboard, Ukulele and Guitar skills. Most of what the students write or perform is recorded and emailed to them so that they can take it home.
Students in Year 8 build on the skills developed in Year 7. Year 8 students make a recording of themselves playing Drums. They also learn “Smoke On The Water” as part of studying Rock Music. Composition is a focus in Year 8 and the students compose for Keyboard and Guitar as well as learning how to create music on an iPad using GarageBand.

ELECTIVE MUSIC YEARS 9-10

A number of students learn an instrument after school, and it is usually these students who go on to do Elective Music in Years 9 & 10. Elective students specialise on their chosen instruments and take their studies of music to a higher level. Almost all of the topics studied in Elective Music are delivered via Google Classroom. This allows students to work at tasks at their own pace wherever they have internet connection. Technology is a focus in Years 9 and 10 with students using iPads to compose and record.

SENIOR MUSIC YEARS 11-12

Farrer has an excellent record of students who have performed well above state average in Music 1 for the HSC. Many of our HSC Music candidates have gone on to pursue music careers at university after achieving Band 6 results. We have enjoyed a diverse range of performers over the years ranging from Drums through Clarinet, Piano, French Horn and Guitar to Bass Guitar and Bassoon.

RICK MEAD – MUSIC TEACHER