IGGS Music studies offer powerful learning experiences. As well as encouraging students to understand its expressive nature, Music contributes to learning through the development of aspects such as memory training, coordination, concentration and inventiveness.
Music study also develops skills in logical, critical and diligent thinking, decision making and concept formation. Music is a vital link for people of all ages to communicate and identify with their peers, their heritage, and their sense of the ‘here-and-now’.
Our Music programs accentuate listening, composing and performing. The study of repertoire, music history and aural skills tests students’ knowledge of musical facts and their application to repertoire. Composing allows students to form and express their musical ideas in a composition of their choice. Performing involves both vocal and instrumental fields, focusing on literacy, technical and interpretative skills.
Visual and Performing Arts
Art, Drama and Music are integrated as Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) from Year 3 and offered as separate electives from Year 9. Specialist teachers and extensive resources provide opportunities for students to learn about the key learning areas of the Arts whilst developing self-awareness, aesthetic awareness, problem-solving, decision-making and effective communication.
Different themes link lessons and help students understand how the individual elements of various arts can impact upon, combine and complement each other to create a satisfying cultural experience - like how music can underscore the action of drama and comedy, how colour and movement can express changing emotions.
Drama is expression and exploration of personal, cultural and social worlds through role and situation that engages, entertains and challenges. Students create meaning as drama makers, performers and audiences as they enjoy and analyse their own and others’ stories and points of view. Like all art forms, Drama has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.
In conjunction with the overarching aims for the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, Drama aims to develop students’;
- Confidence and self-esteem to explore, depict and celebrate human experience through drama
- Knowledge and understanding in controlling, applying and analysing the elements, skills, processes, forms, styles and techniques of drama to engage and create meaning
- Sense of curiosity, aesthetic knowledge, joy, and achievement through exploring and playing roles, and imagining situations, actions and ideas as drama makers and audiences
- Knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary drama as critical and active participants and audiences