Music education at Christian College provides the opportunity for students to express themselves creatively and also take the time to appreciate other peoples’ creative expression and gifts. They also gain self-confidence, develop self-discipline and organisational skills and experience an expectation of quality, which in turn encourages them to aim for their best and take pride in their achievements.
Christian College students experience a core classroom Music program commencing in Kindergarten, through the primary years and to the end of Year 7, with specialist music teachers throughout the program. Core classroom music gives all students an enjoyable and practical musical experience while interacting with both digital technology and traditional instruments.
The elective program runs from Year 7 to 12 and aims to develop the broad range of skills in musicianship that are required to progress through to VCE Music and/or VET technical production and beyond. The classroom elective music program also allows students the chance to explore music and its many facets by allowing them to develop performance and investigation skills in areas that interest them, from contemporary pop genre to classical traditional genres.
The College Ensemble Program gives students from Prep to Year 12 the opportunity to rehearse and perform in choirs, string orchestras, jazz bands and concert bands. There are currently over 500 students involved in this program, which sees students rehearsing weekly and performing often, with the Middle and Senior School ensembles also participating in music camps and performance tours.
The extra-curricula Instrumental Music Lesson Program offers students from Prep to Year 12 the opportunity to learn an instrument or instruments, with an option to complete music examinations from Preliminary to Diploma levels. There are currently 50 specialist instrumental staff providing expert tuition for over 800 students in instrumental studies across the campuses at Christian College.