Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. PLATO

Music at Fintona is a vibrant part of both the curriculum and the co-curricular program.

Music provides a stimulating and supportive environment for students to learn to play instruments, sing, compose music, develop critical listening skills and explore the process and artistry of communication through music.

Students have many opportunities to participate in music including classroom programs, individual lessons, School concerts, House music, guest artists as well as masterclasses and excursions.

The classroom music program supports instrumental lessons and ensemble performances and helps students understand the interrelationship of these elements in the construction and interpretation of music.

At Fintona, we believe that it is important to develop the whole musician - one who can interpret music with an understanding of the intent of the composer and the culture in which it was conceived, and not just be technically proficient in playing the notes.

Composition is an important part of being a well-rounded musician as well as being an important form of musical expression.


Classroom Music Overview

Music studies are a compulsory part of the curriculum from the ELC to Junior School through to the end of Year 8. Students explore music through a program of activities involving performing, creating, listening and evaluating.

An understanding of the language of music (music comprehension) and ability to respond to musical stimuli is enhanced by aural, theory and analysis exercises.

Students learn techniques in music composition and create music focusing on concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre and texture.

In Years 9 and 10, students can continue their musical training through semester-long units in Music Theatre Composition and Music Performance. VCE Solo Music Performance (Units 1-4) is also offered to those wishing to continue their performance studies at a high level.


Private Music Tuition

Fintona offers private lessons on: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French-Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Voice (Classical and Contemporary), Piano (Classical and Contemporary), Guitar (Classical and Contemporary), Harp, Percussion and AMEB Theory.

Music lessons usually occur durimg class time and are organised by the instrumental teachers. The School makes every effort to place students learning an instrument at school on a rotating timetable to avoid missing the same lesson each week.


Performing Ensembles

There is a full range of performing ensembles to suit players at all levels and include:

Choirs

Flute Ensemble

Mixed Wind and Brass Ensembles

Orchestra

Percussion Ensemble

String Orchestras

String Quartet and Piano Trio

Stage Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

 


Performance Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to perform in formal evening concerts, assemblies, ceremonial occasions and relaxed lunchtime concerts, including:

Annual Music Concert

Assemblies

Cabaret Night

Lunchtime Concerts

Food & Wine Festival

Music Soirees

Outside community events

Valedictory Evening

 

 


Scholarships

Music/academic scholarships are offered to students who show exceptional musical skill as well as a high level of academic achievement. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the musical life of the School and attend Music Camp, concerts and other music events.