Secondary Music

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.

At Arden, we have an integrated approach to music where the classroom and co-curricular programs work together. Classroom music, co-curricular music ensembles and individual music tuition provide our Secondary Campus students with opportunities to extend their musical ability and experience.

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.

 

Classroom music

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. Professor Elliot Eisner (Stanford University)

Co-Curricular music

Arden’s Secondary Campus co-curricular music program consists of many ensembles that cater for the differing skill level or capacity of our student musicians.

Our ensembles include:

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Secondary Vocal Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Secondary String Ensemble
  • Secondary String Quartet
  • Secondary Concert Band
  • Secondary Jazz Ensemble
  • Secondary Stage Band
  • Other small ensembles

 

Performance opportunities

Our ensembles enjoy a fulfilling performance schedule throughout the year which can include:

  • A 3 day residential annual Secondary Music Camp
  • Instrumental and Vocal Soirees
  • Senior Performance Night
  • Music Ensemble Showcase
  • State Band Championships
  • Eisteddfods
  • Jazz nights
  • Twilight Concert
  • Local and other metropolitan performance opportunities.
  • A variety of specific workshops
  • International Music Tours

 

Music tuition

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:

  • Flute    
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Voice
  • Percussion/Drums
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Musicianship (AMEB) 

 

Piano accompaniment

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.