At Arden, we run an integrated approach to music where the classroom and co-curricular programs work together. Classroom music, co-curricular music ensembles and individual lessons provide our Secondary students with opportunities to extend their musical ability and experience.
Research confirms that students are significantly enhanced by a quality music education program. All students benefit from an exposure to music with an improvement in many skills such as listening and concentration, as well as working in the abstract.
We aim to inspire, challenge and develop the musical creativity in all our students. We aim for our students to also view music as a relevant and valuable part of their lives and be active contributors to the global community through music. Music also encourages a sense of belonging which is integral to our mission statement at Arden.
At Arden specialists in music education teach music as a mandatory subject in Year 7 and Year 8 and as an elective subject from Year 9 to Year 12. HSC students may choose to study the Music 1, Music 2 or Music Extension courses.
Music can help teach the skills and competencies that business says it is crying out for – flexibility, good communication, self confidence and creativity.
Arden’s Secondary School co-curricular music program works closely with our classroom music curriculum providing many ensembles that cater for the differing skill level or capacity of our student musicians. Our ensembles include:
- Symphonic Wind Ensemble
- Secondary Vocal Ensemble
- Secondary String Ensemble
- Concert Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Stage Band
- Other small ensembles
Our ensembles enjoy a fulfilling performance schedule throughout the year which includes:
- Regional and International Music Tours
- 3 day Music Camp
- Instrumental and Vocal Soirees
- Senior Performance Night
- Ensemble Showcase Evening
- State Band Championships
- Fundraising Nights
- Twilight Concert
- Wesley Mission Concert
- Local and other metropolitan concerts and opportunities.
We also look for opportunities to share our love of music with members of the community, both young and old.
Instrumental and vocal specialists are available to teach a range of instruments on site during the school day. Individual lessons are available in the following instruments:
- Musicianship (AMEB)
- Electric Guitar
- Acoustic Guitar
We have an onsite piano accompanist available to accompany students for instrumental or elective classroom music exams throughout the year. This accompanist is also available to support our HSC students.