Senior School Music

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." At Tranby, our music program strives to engender students with the courage to let their creativity flourish and to teach them the skills and flexibility of thought to analyse and respond to music from all genres.

The study of classroom music in Years 7 - 9 is based on a semester long unit. The teaching is focused through four main areas of learning. Knowing and understanding, skill development, creative composition and responding. In these years, through a progressively scoped curriculum, students will learn and practice the skills required to create and play music on a variety of instruments. They will also learn how to listen and respond to pieces from a very broad range of music genres, from the Baroque period, to Blues, Rock and Pop.

In Year 10 the study of music is completed over the course of a year and continues to build on the skills learnt in the middle years to delve more deeply into musical form and construction through visual and aural analysis. More complex composition and arrangement which comes from our study and analysis of different forms and styles. And a higher level of individual and ensemble performance. 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.

In Years 11 and 12, students studying music will opt for one of two streams, ATAR or General. In both streams students will continue to build on their skills in the areas of Aural, 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 in which the compulsory areas of study are Rock Music in Year 11 and Pop Music in Year 12.

Music Instrumental Program

Musical Instrument and vocal lessons are available to all students throughout the Senior School. Students in Years 7-12 may choose from the following instruments:

• Piano
• Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello
• Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
• Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium
• Percussion: Drum Kit
• Guitar: Classical, Electric, Bass
• Voice: Music Theatre, Contemporary

Students who have instrumental or vocal lessons at the College are required to participate in an ensemble that is related to their instrument and to perform in events such as end of semester concerts and assembly presentations. 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 opportunities to gain accreditation through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) or similar bodies.


There are various ensembles throughout the school that students can participate in, including:

• Junior Vocal Ensemble
• Senior Vocal Ensemble
• String Ensemble
• Woodwind Ensemble
• Guitar Ensemble

We are always interested in new students joining the ranks of any of the ensembles on offer.