The semester course naturally provides less depth than the full year course of Year 8 Music. Nonetheless, successful completion of either subject qualifies students for entry into Year 9 Music.
Students entering this course have a range of background and ability levels from absolute beginners through to advanced musicians.
Students are immediately put into a class band environment where they prepare songs for public performance at school assemblies and other functions regardless of each student's background or ability level.
The remainder of the course aims to develop students' musical literacy, composition and their experience of a range of musical styles and genres.
The primary homework expectation of students in Year 8 Music is regular practice on their chosen instrument(s) of a minimum of 15 minutes per day.
Students are required to undertake regular instrumental or vocal lessons either with a private tutor outside of the school or through one of the tutors available at NMHS.
Free small group lessons offered include: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass; Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone; Trumpet, Trombone; Guitar and Bass Guitar
Private one-to-one lessons ($30-35 per week) include: Guitar, Voice, Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Drums
Hire instruments are available at the rate of $45 per term
Co-curricular music at NMHS:
The Music faculty also offers the following co-curricular ensembles: string and wind orchestra, big band and drum corps.
Families may be asked to contribute towards the cost of tickets for live performances as arranged with the teacher to an approximate total of $20.00.
Participation in the Senior Big Band or Senior Orchestra is levied at the rate of $100 per annum.
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