Music | Central Coast Grammar School

Music

Our extensive program is delivered by specialist Music teachers and includes every student right from Kindergarten. It’s a key element of our balanced education.

The actual practice of music can engage the imagination, foster flexible ways of thinking, develop disciplined effort and build self-confidence. It stimulates creative, intellectual and emotional development and enriches our whole school and wider community through an extensive performance program. 

Students play, move, listen, compose, improvise, explore and more - in Music lessons, cocurricular ensembles, musical theatre productions, assemblies, community performances and showcase events - there’s space for everyone to get involved!

 

Music Facilities

Our Performing Arts Centre includes specialist music classrooms and tutorial rooms, 2 orchestra rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a professional 750 seat auditorium with hydraulic orchestra pit for performances.

 

The Music Curriculum

Every child learns Music with specialist teachers from Kindergarten to Year 8. An instrumental program runs in Year 3 (strings) and Year 4 (band) where every student learns to play their own instrument in small group tutorials and ensemble lessons. It can be studied to the highest level as a course choice in Years 9-12, including Music 1 and Music 2 HSC courses.

 

Music Ensembles

15 cocurricular ensembles from Kindergarten to Year 12 bring students together outside the classroom to extend their interest and skills and take part in school and community performances, concerts and productions.  

student-playing-trumpet

 

Connections

Our professional collaboration with Symphony Central Coast creates performance and workshop opportunities for students and a rehearsal and performance venue for SCC. Our musicians are involved in numerous eisteddfods and festivals on the Central Coast and in Sydney.

International music tours enrich the cultural lives of our musicians, together with incoming tours and workshops.

Our elite musicians in Years 5-12 extend their skills and perform alongside students from other schools at The HICES (Heads of Independent Coeducational Schools) Music Festival.

There is much cross fertilisation with the Central Coast Conservatorium through involvement of our students and tutors in masterclasses and programs.

 

Private Tuition

275 students a week enjoy convenient personal music tuition across a wide range of instruments, on site during the school day, from a team of 27 accomplished professional musicians.

 

Music Scholarship

CCGS offers a Music Scholarship for entry into Year 7 and 11.

Junior Music
Compulsory Music Curriculum

Kindergarten - Year 2
All Infants children learn a child-centred developmental music program based on the philosophies of Kodaly, a philosophy that reflects the way children learn naturally.

The program involves singing, movements, rhythmic and melodic dictation, creative work and ‘hand signs’. The program develops children’s aural, listening and playing skills as they learn to play music on a variety of instruments.

 

Years 3 and 4
Every student progresses to a full instrumental program in Years 3 and 4.

All Year 3 students learn an orchestral string instrument, whether violin, viola, cello or double bass. Students are initially placed in small tutorial groups according to their musical experience and are later graded and placed in a group of children with similar ability, catering to each group’s individual needs.

Year 4 students can choose to continue with their string instrument or learn an instrument from the Concert Band: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, bass guitar or percussion.

junior-student-playing-cello

 

Years 5 and 6
All Years 5 and 6 students use contemporary digital technology to learn the concepts and skills to arrange and compose music. Singing, tuned and untuned percussion, movement and students own instruments are used to create and perform in groups and individually, reflecting topics studied in class.

 

Music Beyond the Classroom

Students can enjoy private Music tuition during the school day and perform in a variety of Ensembles.

  • The Junior Choir develops young voices.
  • The Junior String Ensemble develops technique and ensemble skills and includes an Extension Strings Ensemble for Year 3 students.
  • The Junior Concert Band for woodwind, brass and percussion players also develops technique and ensemble skills and includes a Band Extension Ensemble for Year 4 students.
  • The Junior Percussion Ensemble for tuned or untuned percussion instruments teaches the fundamentals of music through rhythm, movements, improvisation, beat and timbre.
  • The Junior Guitar Ensemble brings together those learning guitar to develop reading and ensemble skills.
Senior Music
Music Curriculum

Music is compulsory in Years 7 and 8, and an elective in Years 9 and 10.

HSC courses include Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension. In the senior years students increasingly manage their own learning and develop problem solving skills through working collaboratively as performers, composers and audiences.

Enjoy these HSC performance videos of Georgia’s Jazz Vocals or Matt's Virtuoso Drumming

senior-music-students-playing-violin

Music Beyond the Classroom

Students can enjoy private Music tuition during the school day and perform in a variety of Ensembles:

  • The Symphony Orchestra performs advanced orchestral repertoire at many functions, concerts and competitions throughout the year
  • The Stage Band performs jazz, rock and popular repertoire and extends players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar and bass guitar.
  • The Senior String Ensemble explores the wide range of repertoire for Strings and allows students of less experience to perform with more advanced players
  • The Senior Choir is open to all senior students and performs a variety of repertoire and styles.
  • The Senior Vocal Ensemble extends members of the Senior Choir to perform advanced choral repertoire.
  • The Man Choir is open to all senior boys, their fathers and male staff and performs a variety of repertoire and styles.
  • The Senior Concert Band for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players covers a broad range of styles and develops technique and ensemble skills.
  • The Intermediate Guitar Ensemble brings together students learning guitar to perform music suited to their abilities and develop reading and ensemble skills.
  • The Contemporary Music Ensemble allows senior students the opportunity to write, perform and record their own music compositions.

We have an emotional connection to Music that communicates meaning at a whole different level. Chris Hunt, CCGS Director of Instrumental Music