Hoppers Crossing Secondary College supports the development of our students into talented musicians by maintaining a comprehensive music program. Music is offered in the curriculum across all years as either a core or elective unit and runs alongside an optional instrumental music program. Students also have the option to become members of College bands that perform regularly for the College community.
Instrumental Music Program
The College offers 30-minute instrumental music tuition to interested students throughout each week. Students can enroll in tuition from a range of instruments including;
- Vocal (Singing)
- Bass Guitar
These lessons are often run individually however guitar and drums are sometimes facilitated in small groups. Students learn the rudiments of their instrument and learn to play songs, which hopefully will lead to them holding a position in one of the school bands.
The lessons are run throughout the school day and the timetable changes week to week as to avoid students being absent from the same classes.
The cost of private lessons is $50 per student for the semester or $100 for the year.
The College offers students opportunities to perform and rehearse in bands. College bands have the opportunity to perform in front go various audiences which vary from year to year, however there are performance nights at the end of semester and assemblies which students are expected to perform at. Bands are run in class for the elective music classes from Year 9 to 12 and there are extra-curricular bands that are formed and rehearse outside of the formal music curriculum. These bands meet at lunctime or after school regularly.
Current rehearsal times include –
Junior School Band – Monday after school – G3 at 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Middle School Band – Lunchtime everyday – G4
School Singing Group – Tuesday Lunchtime – G4
Music is a core curriculum unit in Year 7 and 8, students are required to undertake one semester of Music in each year. Music is available to students as an elective from Year 9 to Year 12.
Year 7 (Piano)
Students investigate how music works and develop musicianship skills. Students also learn scales, exercises and rudiments on the piano as well as look at ways to improve and practice a musical instrument. The final assessment involves performing set songs on the piano and composing short musical excerpts.
Year 8 (Guitar)
As in Year 7, students further investigate how music works and fine-tune musicianship skills. Students also learn scales, exercises and rudiments on the guitar as well as look at ways to improve and practice a musical instrument. The final assessment involves performing set songs on the guitar and composing short musical excerpts.
Year 9 and 10 (music electives)
Students continue to study the elements of music and develop these understandings. Students will also develop singing as a tool for understanding music as well as learn technical exercises on their chosen instrument. Students develop a program of music to perform for their final assessment.
VCE Music Performance (Units 1 – 4)
This unit prepares students to present convincing performances of group and solo works. In this unit students select a program of group and solo works representing a range of styles and diversity of character for performance. They develop instrumental techniques that enable them to interpret the works and expressively shape their performances. They also develop an understanding of performance conventions they can use to enhance their performances. Students develop skills in un-prepared performance, aural perception and comprehension, transcription, music theory and analysis.