Classroom Music

All students in Year 7 and 8 study music as a core subject. Year 7 students have the opportunity to learn a woodwind or brass instrument during their music classes, which offers many students a pathway into participation in PCW Melbourne’s extra-curricular ensembles for the remainder of their school years.

In Year 8 all students participate in the Music Matters Healthy Listening program. This is a course designed in collaboration with The University of Melbourne and Music Therapist Priscilla Peck. Throughout this course students are not only encouraged to learn more about their own musical tastes, but are also taught valuable life skills such as positive thinking and resilience through listening to music.

Year 8 students are also invited to be a part of the Mini Masters Music course, a specialist subject that allows students to pursue their musical studies in a rich and challenging learning environment.

In Year 9 and 10 Music is offered as a variety of elective subjects. In Year 9 Music students explore musical arrangement and composition using their iPads. Year 10 Music serves as an introduction to VCE Music, where students focus on building their performance, aural, theory and analysis skills.

Senior students are able to study VCE Music Performance Units 1-4. In preparation for their final Unit 4 recital, VCE Music students at PCW Melbourne perform at a variety of solo nights, lunchtime concerts and community events throughout their final years of study.

Extra-curricular Music

At PCW Melbourne we believe that all students should have the opportunity to participate in the musical life of their school. Being a part of one or many of PCW Melbourne’s extra-curricular ensembles not only gives students the chance to be creative and achieve personal success, but also teaches students valuable self-management skills, as well as the merit of working together with others.

A musical highlight for the students each year is PCW Melbourne’s annual Music Festival, held at Hamer Hall at The Arts Centre. Music Festival is an exciting evening of song and dance for students in years 7-12 that is choreographed, conducted and rehearsed entirely by senior students. Music Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for all students in the school to experience performing in a professional theatre.

Students at PCW Melbourne can also audition to sing, dance, act or play their instruments in the school musical, performed together with CBC St Kilda at the National Theatre. Past productions include The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors and Annie.

PCW Melbourne offers individual and group music lessons on the following instruments: piano, classical and contemporary voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, percussion, guitar and bass guitar. Students are invited to participate in a number of instrumental and vocal ensembles such as the Junior and Senior Choirs, Year 8 Concert Band, Senior Symphonic Band and Guitar Ensemble.

Members of the extra-curricular ensembles are invited to attend the annual PCW/CBC Music Camp, where students rehearse in preparation for our annual Music Showcase concert. Students who are a part of PCW Melbourne’s ensembles are also invited to perform throughout the year at various lunchtime concerts, performance evenings and the end of year Christmas Carols.