8 July 2021
The Music Faculty at Fintona provides a stimulating and supportive environment in which students 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 making, including classroom programs, instrumental lessons, School concerts and House music events. Additionally, performances from guest artists, masterclasses and excursions are on offer for Fintona students.
At Fintona, we believe that it is important to develop the whole musician. Students learn the importance of interpreting music, knowing the culture in which a piece was conceived, and the artistic intentions behind the compositions studied. Our young musicians are encouraged to embrace the artistic freedom and expression that music is able to offer and to excel in their craft through performance and study.
Composition, improvisation and singing are all important parts of being a well-rounded musician as well as being important forms of musical expression, and students at Fintona are encouraged to strive for creative self-expression and mastery.
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 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 during 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.
There is a wide range of performing ensembles to suit all levels of playing ability. These include:
|Fintona Voices||Guitar Ensemble||Chamber Choir|
|Chamber Orchestra (AMEB Grade 5 and above)||Tourmont Band (advanced Symphonic Band)||Tourmont Strings (advanced String Ensemble)|
|Buick Band (Junior Symphonic Band)||Buick Strings (Junior String Ensemble)||Rock Band|
|Stage/Jazz Bands||Percussion Ensemble||Harp Ensemble|
|Flute Ensemble||Mitiamo Strings (Junior School String Ensemble)|
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|
Music and Music/Academic Excellence 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.