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MusicThe Music Department at Swan Christian College offers students the opportunity to experience and explore a variety of creative experiences and forms of artistic expression while using and enjoying their God-given talents with each other and for the wider community.
Middle SchoolIn Years 7 and 8, students undertake a short course of study enabling them to explore musical instruments. In Years 9 and 10, students may select courses in Music - Band Method and/or Vocal Studies.
Senior SchoolIn Years 11 and 12, students are offered Stage 1 and Stage 2 Music courses. There are three Contexts of Study offered for each stage - Western Art Music, Jazz or Contemporary.
CocurricularStudents may also participate in the variety of co-curricular activities offered at the College during and after school hours. These include Big Band, Worship Band, Rock Bands, String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Jazz Band, Drum Corp and Choir. In addition, performance opportunities are in the form of a bi-ennial Whole School Production, and annual Awards Nights, Spring Concerts, Rock Concerts, Swan's Got Talent events and Interhouse music competitions.
MediaThe Media Production and Analysis course at Swan Christian College provides students with an exciting and rewarding pathway to understanding the media. Through hands on learning and engaging investigation and research tasks, students become more informed both as viewers and producers.
Media and SocietyThe media plays an increasingly powerful role in our society, so it is important that we teach young people how to respond critically to the messages it presents. Through the course students gain a strong understanding of visual storytelling and have the opportunity to create compelling media that addresses important issues. Topics that have been addressed in student work include poverty (A Cambodian Story), homelessness (Struggle For Existence), and self-image (Priceless). Many artistic and humorous pieces of work can be produced including music videos, news stories, short films and documentaries.
AccoladesOur students have gained many accolades from the outside community including winning a prestigious WA Screen Award (finalists in the secondary school category from 2007-2010), and winning multiple web design awards in the RAC Fame competition (2008-2010). Using industry standard equipment students consistently create professional quality work that has paved the way for many of them to go on to further study and employment in the media industry.
Visual ArtThe Visual Arts course encourages students to express original ideas and feelings creatively through resolved artworks. Students are given a themed project brief each term and work in a progressive and explorative manner to produce a highly resolved unique artwork. Each project has a focus on a different media in order to build strength in a variety of technical skills and processes. Students use the elements and principles of design to develop aesthetic awareness and consider the purpose of meaning through a Christian perspective to make informed evaluations of art.
CreativityThis is a course for students who are interested in creating, designing, researching, explaining and evaluating ideas for the glory of God. It is for students who choose to take a practical approach to coursework by developing their creative abilities in the creation and production of functional products based on the needs of the designer from a Christian perspective. The course themes investigate the concept of symbolic representation and how it can be used to signify the individual nature and personality God invests in each person He has created. Students are encouraged to consider the construction of meaning based on experiences in the world.
Folio WorkThis course requires students to apply organisational skills in the production of a folio that is one of the key components for assessment. Students are encouraged to see the folio as personal resource that should be taken care of as God encourages us to care for others and our materials. Students are assessed on practical skills, creativity, and the information compiled in the folio through a number of key projects throughout the year. They are encouraged and asked to comment on the Christian perspective on the many social issues raised.
DramaDrama at Swan Christian College allows students to engage in a variety of performance related skills and tasks and enables them to develop skills in performance that can then be used for a variety of purposes and audiences. Drama builds confidence and public speaking skills in students and teaches them to work with others in a team. It is a way of using God-given skills to tell a story, make people laugh, or think about themselves and the world.
Middle School 7 and 8In Years 7 and 8, students are introduced to elementary skills in drama and performance. They are familiarised with performance skills, mime and play-building. Tasks encourage teamwork and co-operation, and enable all students to participate. Middle School 9 and 10Year 9 and 10 students are encouraged to further develop their skills in drama and try out some new techniques. They look at skills in improvisation, play-building, musicals, and a variety of drama styles that developed in different times and places. This is good preparation for those students who wish to go on and study Drama in Senior School. Students participate in several Showcases during the year, both presenting their performances to a larger audience as well as exploring their skills in organising the performance, costumes and props, sound, lighting and stage.
Senior SchoolIn Years 11 and 12, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Drama courses are offered to students. They study two drama texts, and perform excerpts to an audience. Students look at drama forms and styles, conventions and terminology. They extend their voice and movement skills, and learn new drama rehearsal techniques. Students will view a professional performance, look at stage management skills, and consider performance venues and spaces. They also design and use drama technologies such as lighting, sound, costume, make-up and set design. Students across the College are encouraged to participate in additional performance opportunities such as the Senior School Production, Awards Night performances, and the annual Inter-house Drama competition.
The Drum Corp is one of our dynamic ensemble groups. It enables students to explore the art of playing together different rhythmic patterns on a variety of drums. The ensemble is designed for students who love rhythm, beginners and rhythmically competent students. Students will be given an opportunity to play a range of popular rhythmic patterns, often experimenting with different styles to create a unique performance work. The Drum Corp performs at special College functions, Awards Night and at the Valedictory Dinner. In the past theyhave performed at the Oil and Gas Conference and with the Wanneroo Pipe Band.
Concert Band or Garage Band
The Concert Band is being developed into one of the staple bands at Swan Christian College. It aims to develop the fine tone, musicianship and ensemble skills that are required to create a 'mint' ensemble. Students at different year levels, including Year 5 and 6 students, who play a woodwind, brass, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard or percussion instrument are encouraged to come along and are welcome to join at any time.
The band explores playing a variety of styles, including theme songs from film and stage shows, to excerpts from symphonic pieces and arrangements of rock and popular music. The aim is to meet the needs of different music skill levels and students will develop their confidence very quickly.
This talented group of musicians who enjoy ‘all that jazz’ as their main repertoire have fun exploring other sub-genres, jazz standards, jazz fusion, cool jazz, swing and some hard be-bop, because as jazz artists they are constantly improvising and looking for ways to expand the sounds and rhythms of jazz. Performance is their name of the game. If you have a flair for improvising and can play a jazz instrument, “come along if you feel like…”
We encourage students who have experience playing the piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and even a woodwind instrument to meet with our Jazz band conductor. The Jazz band has many opportunities to perform both in schoo, and in the community throughout the year.
The Junior String Orchestra is available to students who learn violin, viola, cello or double bass and have acquired the skills to play in an ensemble. Students will prepare varied repertoire in a fun environment, and develop their string technique and ensemble skills. The group performs as needed in assemblies, Junior School concerts and other College functions.
This is a vocal ensemble aimed to integrate Middle School students who would like to give singing in a group a try. We work on repertoire that is fun and exciting, but also provide a challenge as we endeavour to add some harmonies and counterpoint, and sing in a wide variety of styles. We sing contemporary songs that can be heard on the radio alongside songs that have a ‘contemporary worship’ background style as well as patriotic Australian songs that remind us about our fantastic country. All Year 7 to 9 students are invited to participate.
This is our senior vocal ensemble. We aim to further excel in the skills that accumulated from Swan Song. We choose repertoire that stimulates the ears of the listener and the singers alike and work diligently and thoroughly to create a wash of interesting harmonies in Christian and secular repertoire.
This choir has huge potential and is going places. At Year 10-12, this is the ultimate choir to join as we work on very high standard repertoire that is performed by top choirs around the world. Songs are sung ‘A capella’ style, which means without any instrumental accompaniment - previously we have done items in Latin, Zulu and Romanian. This year we are looking to extend our borders further and further to countries that set a bench mark in A capella music. Students are required to audition to be a part of this ensemble students.
Private Instrumental Tuition Program
Private music tuition is available for Brass (trumpet and trombone), Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano and Keyboard, Violin, Cello, Vocal, Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone), and Bagpipe. The Instrument Application Form is available at Student Services.
The program enables students to become actively involved in learning an instrument with specialist music teachers. There are opportunities for students to perform both individually or in a group, at either small evening gatherings, to encourage confidence in our learners, or in significant concerts for large audiences.
We have a major Music Evening for our private music students in the second half of the year, showcasing achievements and progress.
Instruments for Hire
The College has the following instruments available for hire: trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, cello, flute, violin, and clarinet. The Instrument Hire Form is available at Student Services.