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 PREFORMING 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.
Students with special needs are also accommodated through this faculty.
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 and Guitar skills. Most of what the students write or perform is recorded and emailed to them so that they can take it home. Some of the best examples of Year 7 work, including video footage, can be found on my website – Meady’s Musical Matters:
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, Guitar and also learn how to use a computer program called “Sony Music Studio” to create music. Some of the best examples of Year 8 work can be found on my website – Meady’s Musical Matters:
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 Farrer’s Moodle Site. 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 computers to compose and record. They have even presented some of their research in the form of a podcast. Have a listen to some of the best ones at Meady’s Musical Matters:
SENIOR MUSIC YEARS 11-12
Farrer has an excellent record of students who have performed well above state average in 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. Some of our Trial HSC performances can be viewed at Meady’s Music Matters:
One of our candidates from the 2007 cohort, Tom Stent, was nominated for inclusion in Encore, a showcase of the best HSC performances of 2007. Sam Whitby from the 2009 group was actually included in Encore for his outstanding Viva Voce on Fusion jazz. One of our past Year 11 students has been invited to tour Paris, Salzburg and Vienna with a touring wind ensemble.
Click below to visit Meady’s Musical Matters and have a look at some of the great work that our Music students are doing.