Music

All Music courses offered at Prendiville are designed to encourage students to participate in musical activity as both a recreational and a vocational choice. It may serve as a pathway for further training and employment in a range of professions within the Music Industry, or simply as a means or experiencing the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from listening to and making music. Whatever the reason, Prendiville Music is an exciting, unique, prestigious and popular choice for students.

The Music ATAR course involves the study of the European tradition of music and its development over time. This is an intricate, challenging and highly interesting course where students study set works from the genres of Symphony and Chamber Music.

The course is divided into five content areas:

  • Cultural and historical perspectives
  • Analysis
  • Performance and concert practice
  • Aural Perception
  • Music theory and composition

Unit One: Symphony

In this unit, students study the genre of Symphonic Music from a variety of eras. Students develop skills in the analysis of symphonic works and ensembles, composition, music theory, aural perception and concert practice. Students develop historical knowledge and high-level analysis skills whilst looking at this genre. In this unit, students study the Classical and Romantic eras in depth, as well as a number of prominent symphonic works.

Designated works – Symphony

Haydn, F.J.    Symphony No 104 in D Major (London Symphony), Mvts I and III

Berlioz, H.     Symphonie Fantastique, Mvts IV and V

Unit Two: Chamber Music

In this unit, students study the genre of Chamber Music, looking at the development of this genre over a variety of eras. Students develop skills in the analysis of chamber music works and ensembles, composition, music theory, aural perception and concert practice. Students develop historical knowledge and high-level analysis skills whilst looking at this genre. In this unit, students study the Classical and Twentieth Century eras in depth, as well as a number of prominent chamber music works.

Designated works – Chamber Music

Beethoven, L.   Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20, Mvts I and III

Sculthorpe, P.  String Quartet No. 8, Mvts I, II and IV

Prerequisite: Year 10 Prendiville Specialised Music (PSM) B grade or higher, AMEB performance Grade 5 or above.

All entries are at the discretion of the Director of Music.

Course requirements: Students must be enrolled in individual tuition (30 minutes or 45 minutes) within the college or externally for the duration of the year on their principal study instrument/voice. Ongoing rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist throughout the year also incur additional fees.

Pathway: Units 3 and 4 Music (ATAR) in Year 12

The Music V.E.T. standalone course focuses on the areas of performance, ensemble and band skills, sound recording, editing and mixing in a hands-on and practical environment.

The V.E.T. Music course makes prime use of our industry-standard recording studio, 300-seat theatre, Music Technology Mac Lab and purpose-built control room, all fitted with a complete package of industry-standard recording and sound equipment and ProTools software. All students in this course are trained in the use of the recording studio, relevant equipment and software, and once trained to a sufficient level, may choose to book the studio out of class time to engineer their own recording.

Students may choose from two streams within this course – performance or technology, and may complete a number of competencies in their choice of a Contemporary, Classical, Jazz or Musical Theatre context.

This course is run in two parts and provides students with the opportunity to complete a full Certificate III over Year 11 and 12, providing them with a recognised industry qualification as well as a credit of 6 units towards their WACE.  A Certificate III will provide students with credit towards WAAPA entry into the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses (Music Performance or Audio Engineering), SAE (School of Audio Engineering) or another area of study.

Our College partners with Collarts, a registered training organisation for the Certificate III in Music. Students selecting this course will be enrolled with this RTO and inducted into their requirements at the beginning of Year 11.

Whilst this is predominantly a practical class, written components will be required. These must be completed in full and to a high standard in order to meet the requirements of the course.

Cost:  There is an additional cost of $200 to cover the VET auspicing and workshop fees.

Prerequisite:  Nil. The study of Year 10 Music Performance and Technology (2016) or the Certificate II in Music (2017 onwards) is an advantage but not essential.  Some previous instrumental, vocal or music technology experience required.

Pathway: Certificate III Music Industry (Part Two) in Year 12

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