Senior School Music

The Music program at Tranby College nurtures the musical development of students through the areas of class music, instrumental music and ensemble participation.

Class Music

Class music consists of musicianship, aural and theory skills. Students listen to and analyse music from a range of styles, including classical, jazz and contemporary. Emphasis is placed on the development of aural skills through practical activity. Students also develop their performance skills through in-class performances.

Year 7 Music is an introductory program designed to expose students to the elements of music whilst developing their understanding of the theoretical aspects required for Year 8. The students receive two class lessons per week for one semester. This subject caters for students with no prior musical experience as well as continuing music students.

Year 8 Music is a semester-based course which focuses on building the foundational concepts of music in areas such as aural training, theory, composition and performance. The students receive two class lessons per week. Students interested in continuing with Music are encouraged to enrol in our Instrumental music program, which will allow them the opportunity to receive individual tutoring during school hours on an instrument of their choice.

Year 9 Music consolidates the knowledge, skills and understanding of the program material offered in Year 8, with a greater focus on analysis and performance. Students are provided with further opportunities to develop their performance and composition skills through general class work and ensemble participation.

Year 10 Music is designed to focus on the necessary theoretical aspects required for the continuation of Music as a subject, with an emphasis on aural and instrumental development. It is recommended that at this stage, every student in class music is studying an instrument and has taken classroom music at the lower levels. At the completion of the course students should be sufficiently prepared for the course requirements of Year 11 Music.

Year 11 & 12 Music

In Years 11 and 12, students studying music will opt for one of two streams, ATAR or General Music. In both of these courses, students will continue to build on their skills in the areas of aural training, theory and composition, cultural and historical analysis and performance/composition. The assessment requirements for the General Course are not as strenuous as for the ATAR stream and there is no WACE exam at the end of the year. The cultural and historical analysis focus at Tranby is currently on Contemporary music.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental and vocal lessons are available to all students throughout the Senior School. Many students continue the instrument they began in primary school. A limited number of new instrument places are available each year for students who wish to begin an instrument.

Students in Years 7 - 12 may choose from the following instruments:

  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Guitar: Classical, Electric
  • Bass Guitar
  • Percussion: drum kit
  • Voice

Depending on demand, Woodwind and Brass instruments might be included.

Ensemble Music

We offer a range of ensembles which cater for the different needs of all students within the program. Ensembles are directed by Music and Instrumental staff, and rehearsals are on a weekly basis. All ensembles participate in regular performances at concerts, ceremonies, assemblies and community events. The ensemble program offers students a rich and rewarding experience of group rehearsal and performance. Students learning outside the College are encouraged to be a part of an ensemble and to join in with performances. Students will also be given the opportunity to gain accreditation through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) or similar bodies.

Our ensembles include:

  • Senior String Ensemble
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Choir