Music in Year 7, 8 and 9
Students can explore music in a variety of engaging ways at Williamstown High School. They can choose to become part of our extensive instrumental music program, with many musicians involved in concert bands, choirs, stage bands and small ensembles. Groups and soloists have the opportunity to perform at school and in the community with regular camps and interstate tours. Music students at Williamstown High School are encouraged to explore their interest and passion and to become not only performers, but creators. To see more about the co-curricular program please click here.
CLASSROOM MUSIC YEARS 7-9
During either year 7 or 8, students will experience a semester long introduction to music.
The music course is aimed at developing basic performance skills on a number of different instruments and to establish ensemble skills. They will also gain a basic understanding of music theory and will learn about the elements of music how to manipulate them effect the ‘mood’ of music. Students compose music for film and computer games using ICT.
Our year 7 SEALP classes have the opportunity to specialise on a brass or woodwind instrument over the semester. They will work in a band and compose music for small ensembles.
In our year 9 Elective, students extend their performance skills and have the opportunity to compose, record and produce their own music.
For more information about the music program please contact
Richard Giles Director of Music (Bayview Campus)
Jamila Brogan Director of Music (Pasco Campus)
Classroom Music Pathways in Year 10, 11 and 12
When students wish to study music in years 10-12 at the Pasco Campus, there are a few subject pathways possible and one will hopefully suit each individual. It is also possible for certain students to study the VCE and VET music subjects at the same time (in years 11 and 12). Here is a summary of music subjects we offer at WHS:
Year 10 Music Elective consists of activities that include elements of the VCE and VET music courses. It is suitable for students who intend doing music subjects in year 11 and 12, but is also very worthwhile for those who may not continue after that.
VCE Music Performance Units 1-4 is essentially a practical music subject in which students learn the skills of solo and group performance. Their practical work is enhanced with the practice of aural perception & music language skills and the study of various aspects of performance/ performance techniques. This subject is suitable for instrumental or vocal music students and is the most common option.
VCE Music Investigation is offered as a Unit 3/4 subject only. It is also a mainly practical music subject in which students learn the skills of solo or group performance, but with a very specific ‘focus area’ according to the individual’s musical interest and skill. It includes intensive investigation/research of their focus area as well as advanced composition, arrangement and/or improvisation in their chosen genres. This subject is only suitable for advanced instrumental or vocal music students pending music staff approval, and may not be offered every year. Students cannot undertake Music Performance Units 3&4 and Music Investigation Units 3&4 within the same year.
VET Music Industry (Technical Production) Units 1-4 is also a mainly practical music subject. Students learn the technical aspect of the music industry such as live and recorded sound, OH&S and the development & implementation of music events (e.g. the school’s Warchild Benefit Concert). It is not necessary to be able to play an instrument in order to undertake this subject.
Acceleration: The most common area of acceleration is for year 10 students to undertake VET Music Units 1 and 2. This is a suitable option for most students and does not require prior experience.
Occasionally year 10 students undertake Unit 1 Music Performance. This is not generally recommended unless the student is exceptionally well advanced in aural, theoretical and practical components and is highly focused. This will need to be approved by their instrumental music teacher and Director of Music. It can be a pathway for these students to complete Unit 1 and 2 of Music Performance in year 10, Unit 3 and 4 in year 11 and Music Investigation in Year 12.
For more information about these options for Year 10-12 classroom music at the Pasco Campus please email.
Director of Music – Pasco campus