Performing Arts

The General Dance course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to make dance works.

Students reflect on, respond to, and evaluate how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. They learn how the origins of dance and its importance as a form of expression and that it can represent a variety of political, cultural and historical motivations. This understanding informs their own dance-making and the dance works of others. They use appropriate terms and language to describe dance.

Through participation in the General Dance course, students develop transferable skills essential to their future. These include communication skills, collaborative teamwork skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to organise, analyse and evaluate. Participation may lead to opportunities for future study in dance or related arts fields.

Unit 3 – Popular Culture

Through practical lessons, students use safe dance practices and improved physical competencies to acquire genre-specific technique. Performance qualities and etiquette are improved through increased opportunities for performance of popular styles. Students solve choreographic tasks to produce dance works incorporating dance element, choreographic processes, technologies and design concepts that reflect current popular trends. The exploration of dance in popular culture leads to a wider understanding of the diverse contexts and functions of dance in our society.

Unit 4 – Australian Dance

Through practical lessons, students incorporate safe dance practices and demonstrate consistent improvement in physical competencies in acquiring genre-specific technique. Opportunities to perform in increasingly formal environments enhance the ability to develop individual stage presence. An understanding of the diverse range of functions and contexts of dance in Australia enables students to make relevant comparisons between their own dance and the dance of others. They analyse their own cultural beliefs and values in relation to traditional and contemporary dance forms and styles, and develop deeper understandings of their own dance heritage.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 11 General Dance Units 1 and 2 to a C grade.

Course Requirements: Students are required to have a Prendiville Dance black leotard and black leggings.

The Drama ATAR course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice. Students use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts that are written or devised by others. Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of creation, performance and reflection. Their work in this course includes taking on different roles defined as actor, director, dramaturge, designer (of lighting, sound and costume) and scenographer and through these roles they gain an appreciation of the scope and depth in drama. Students engage in both Australian and world drama practice. They learn to understand how drama has changed over time and will continue to change according to its cultural context.

Unit 3 – Reinterpretation of drama for contemporary audiences

The focus for this unit is to reinterpret dramatic text, context, forms and styles for contemporary audiences through applying theoretical and practitioner approaches. This includes physical theatre approaches, such as Jacques Lecoq, Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki and text-based approaches, such as Theatre of the Absurd, Asian theatre and Poor Theatre. In this unit, students work on the reinterpretation of text, subtext, context, form and style through in-depth study.

Unit 4 – Contemporary and devised drama unit description

The focus for this unit is interpreting, manipulating and synthesising a range of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary and devised drama. This includes contemporary theatre approaches, such as Barrie Kosky and Robert Lepage and experimental approaches, such as Robert Wilson and VE Meyerhold. In this unit, students show their understanding of how a range of practical and theoretical approaches manipulate the elements of drama to devise and perform original work.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 11 Drama ATAR Units 1 and 2 to a C grade.

Course Requirements: Students are required to have a pair of ‘theatre blacks’ for this subject.  (Black pants or shorts and a black t-shirt.)

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.

Music has a universal place in every culture across the globe and throughout history. The Western Art Music 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 Concerto and Symphony.

The course is divided into four content areas:

  • Performing
  • Composing/Arranging
  • Listening and Responding
  • Culture and Society


Unit 1: Concerto

In this unit students study the genre of the Concerto looking at the development of this genre over a variety of eras.  Students develop skills in melody writing, transposition and arranging for small instrumental ensembles. Students develop historical knowledge, perception and performance skills whilst looking at this genre.

Unit 2: Symphony

In this unit students study the genre of Symphonic Music from a variety of eras. In this unit students develop skills in analysis of symphonic works and ensembles, composition skills, the development of the symphony and concert practice. Students develop historical knowledge, perception and performance skills whilst looking at this genre. Students study a number of eras in depth, as well as a variety of prominent symphonic works.

Prerequisites: Year 11 Music ATAR Units 1 and 2 to a C grade.

The Music VET 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 VET Music course makes prime use of our industry standard recording studio with a ‘live’ and ‘dead’ sound area, and our new purpose-built control room, fitted with a complete package of industry standard recording and sound equipment, and running the latest version of ProTools software (ProTools V11). All students in this course are trained in the use of the recording studio, all equipment and software, and once trained to a sufficient level, may choose to book the studio out of class time to engineer a recording of themselves or others.

This course will also make use in of our brand new Music Technology Lab – fitted with Mac computers running the latest mixing and editing software including ProTools 11, Auralia, Sibelius and Acid Music Studio.

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 qualification as well as a credit of 3 units towards their WACE. A Certificate III will provide students with credit towards WAAPA entry or another area of TAFE study.

Choose this course if you: Have a strong interest in the technical production side of Music – ie. Recording, sound engineering, editing and mixing. Whilst this is predominantly a practical class, written components will be required.

Cost:  There is an additional cost of $250 to cover the VET auspicing, workshop fee and professional studio excursion.

Prerequisite: VET Music Certificate III Part One (Year 11)

Students who have not studied the Year 11 Music VET course Part One may still apply for the Year 12 VET course. Students choosing this option will receive half credit of the Certificate III. The ability to play an instrument at a reasonable level, and a strong passion and interest in music production and sound recording is required, as well as a high level of dedication and commitment to both the practical and written components of the course.

All new entries are at the discretion of the Head of Performing Arts.

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