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Music is offered as a subject through the curriculum at all levels from Year 7 to 12. In Year 7 and 8 each class experiences introductory courses, encompassing the fundamentals of beat, rhythm, pitch and melody writing, with a strong emphasis on development of aural skills. New in 2013 is the Year 8 Performance Music subject which allows girls to use their individual music lessons (voice or instrumental) and College ensemble participation towards their assessment. Year 8 Performance Music is at a more challenging and exacting level than that offered in the core Year 8 Music course.
Students can then choose to continue with music as an elective subject throughout years 9 and 10. Topics covered at these levels include all styles and genres of music, compositional styles and forms, history of music, as well as performance and listening skills.
Senior Music is available as a QSA board subject in Years 11 and 12, and Music Extension is available at Year 12 for students who wish to specialise in an area of their own interest. This subject allows for accelerated development for those students interested in pursuing music studies at a Tertiary Level.
At Fairholme College, students may elect to study an instrument or voice through a comprehensive music program. Students may study from full time staff members or visiting specialists who offer lessons during school hours, or at lunchtime, before or after school by arrangement. Students complete approximately 15 lessons per semester at the rate of $32.50 per half hour, or a shared lesson rate of $22.50 per half hour (shared lessons not available for piano).
Studies have indicated that students who learn a musical instrument tend to develop their cognitive skills at a faster rate. The physical activity involved with playing a stringed instrument for example, combined with the intellectual focus, engages both sides of the brain in a way that is quite unique! The benefits of learning a musical instrument cannot be overstated!
The following are offered for all students at the College.
As well as the many performance opportunities for our students during the year, students may undertake AMEB or Trinity College examinations. Many individuals and groups also participate in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, combined school festivals in Toowoomba and Brisbane and other community events.
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