The Performing Arts Faculty is vibrant and extensive, with students presenting a diverse range of activities and repertoire. Students are provided with a wide range of performance opportunities across the year.
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Of the 1500 students at the College around 600 learn a musical instrument. Tuition is offered on 23 different instruments and there are 22 music ensembles, encompassing a wide variety of genres, which cater to the different student abilities and stages in development. All students are encouraged to learn an instrument at the College as part of the private tuition program.
There are four full-time and four part-time tertiary qualified music teachers employed in the Music Department for classroom teaching and conducting ensembles. In addition 36 casual music tutors teach in the private tuition program.
Impressive standards are attained as evident in the consistent above 90 class averages at HSC Music, and the excellent results achieved at eisteddfods in both Ensemble and Solo Performance categories .
CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES
Five music concerts are held annually to showcase student and ensemble achievements. In addition students perform at around 80 internal and external events, attend regular excursions and participate in workshops.
A major school musical is produced annually, alternating between a Senior School musical involving students in Years 9 to 12, and a Junior School musical involving Years 5 to 8. The musicals are of an outstanding standard and rank amongst the best produced by any school in Sydney.
MUSIC ACTIVITES PROGRAM
Years 5 and 6 students are involved in the Music Activities Program and each student learns a string instrument. Students are taught in groups of three and private tuition is strongly recommended for gifted students. Year 6 students can opt for lessons on a woodwind or a brass instrument instead. The Program continues in Years 7 and 8, with all students gaining experiences with percussion, guitar, keyboards and computer-based composition skills.
The Woods Music Centre’s state of the art facilities include:
- 25-station Computer Music Laboratory
- 16-station Electronic Drum-kit Laboratory unique to Riverview
- 16-station Electric Guitar Laboratory unique to Riverview
- 16-station Keyboard laboratory
- Silent Electronic Ensemble Practice Studio
- DJ equipment
- Sound and Lighting equipment
- Recording Studio
- Well-resourced Music Library
- 23 practice studios
- Auditorium for performances
- Ensemble room
OVERSEAS MUSIC TOURS
Overseas music tours are conducted regularly to motivate and inspire our students.
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