Performing Arts subjects allow students to express themselves through a variety of skills and areas. Performing Arts is suited for any student who likes to express themselves. Performing Arts subjects are predominantly practical classes that encourage students to express themselves through a variety of activities designed to develop skills for creating, developing and refining works for presentation to a live audience. Music and Drama are the main subjects offered in Performing Arts. However Dance is also covered within Drama units and Production classes and we have classes that focus purely on singing.

Subjects offered at each level

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Drama

Drama

Drama

VCE Theatre Studies
Units 1 & 2

VCE Theatre Studies
Units 3 & 4

VCE Drama
Unit 3 & 4

Music

Music

Music

VCE Music Performance

VCE Music Performance

*Production (Semester 1)

*Vocal Magic (Semester 2)

*Specific students will be allowed to select Production instead of Performing Arts in Semester 1, and/or Vocal Magic in Semester 2. Students will be selected into the subjects based on an audition held at the end of Term 4 2013. The Production for 2014 will be a musical.

Subject Selection and Progression Rules

  • All students undertake one semester of Visual Arts and one semester of any Performing Arts subject in Year 8.
  • From Year 9 onwards, students may choose either two semesters of visual or performing arts, or one semester of each.
  • Students must achieve an “S” or pass at each level before they can progress to the next level.
  • Students who do not achieve an “S” will need to select another subject from the same level for the next semester.
  • It is recommended that students discuss their Visual Arts selections with their Visual Arts teachers and their Performing Arts selections with their Performing Arts teachers.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music is suited to students who want to play and perform with their chosen musical instrument. Students will be required to attend rehearsals and perform in an ensemble/band.

Course Structure:

In this subject students learn to play the instrument of their choice and develop skills in musicianship, notational reading and prepare for performances. Students are required to attend regular lessons, rehearsals and perform at concerts scheduled during the school year.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their improved musical skills, individual and ensemble contribution to music performances and participation at rehearsals.

Instrumental tuition is available for the following instruments:
Flute Violin* Guitar
Oboe* Viola* Bass Guitar
Clarinet* Cello* Drums
Saxophone* Double Bass*  Percussion
Trumpet* Trombone* Keyboard
Euphonium* Tuba* Piano

*Denotes instruments available for hire.

*Please note that fees are not refundable except in exceptional circumstances.

Leads into: Further musical development and performances, V.C.E. Musical Performance.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: J. Netherway
Subject Cost: Hire of instrument $60.00 per semester. (The school has a limited pool of instruments) Music levy $40.00 per semester, Tutor Book $15.00 (for beginners only)

Production – PROM1

Production is suited to students who love to sing and dance. Students will rehearse and perform a musical.

Course Structure:

In this subject students develop skills in acting, singing and dancing as they prepare to perform in the College’s annual musical production. Students are required to attend rehearsals and performances scheduled outside class time (including after school and on some weekends) and to participate in the final public performances. Students can only be part of the College Production if they are in this class, unless they are senior students who have made specific arrangements with the teachers involved.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their contribution to teamwork, individual contribution to the Production, consistent participation in rehearsal, a major written task and a journal

Prerequisites: Entry only by selection and audition. Production will run in Semester 1.
Leads into: Performing Arts subjects (Music and Drama), Vocal Magic, VCE Music Performance, VCE Theatre Studies, VCE Drama.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: $30.00 for costumes and make up.

Vocal Magic (Group Singing) – VOCM2

Vocal Magic is suited to students who love to sing. You will learn how to use and develop your singing voice and perform in the school and wider community.

Course Structure:

In this subject students interpret and perform vocal ensemble works in a range of styles including musical comedy, popular, gospel (optional) and classical. Students perform at both school and community functions and attend excursions to see live music. Through research and analysis of listening to work from different styles, cultures and times, students develop an understanding of relevant historical information to assist with the preparation of performances of vocal music. This course includes the unit “Learning to read vocal music” and an aural listening component using the Kodaly method, providing a pathway to the VCE Music Performance course.

Assessed Tasks:

Rehearsal participation, concert performance, practical exams (Kodaly exercises), analysis report and reflective journal

Prerequisites: Foundation Level Performing Arts, an ability to sing or a willingness to learn to do so.
Leads into: Music, VCE Music Group and Solo Performance.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: L. Ford
Subject Cost: Excursion costs approximately $30.00 to see a performance

Drama Year 8 – DRA8?

Drama Year 8 is suited to students who enjoyed Drama in Foundation Level Performing Arts and would like to develop their skills further. Students are expected to perform and participate in a variety of practical workshops.

Course Structure:

In this subject students continue to develop their expressive skills in voice, movement and gesture. Students engage in fun and practical workshops designed to isolate and develop their expressive skills which they will actively use in performances throughout the semester. Most assessment will be performance based, but written reflection and some research assignments will also be undertaken.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on the following units of work: Physical Theatre, Tableaux, News Reports, storytelling, Improvisation and Theatre sports. The major project will be based on a play which is devised by the students on the theme of Bullying. Students must also submit a journal and complete all written assessment tasks

Leads into: Drama Year 9, Production
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Nil

Drama Year 9 – DRA9?

Drama Year 9 is suited to students who enjoy performing and using their creative imagination. Students will develop their performing skills through fun and practical workshops looking at several acting styles.

Course Structure:

In this subject students further their exploration of drama, acting and development of expressive skills undertaken in Drama Year 8. A variety of styles and genres of acting and performing will be introduced, giving students the opportunity to broaden and develop their skills and understanding, and there will be a continued focus on collaborative work. Most assessment will be performance based, but written reflection and some research assignments will also be undertaken. This class is aimed towards preparing students for studies in VCE Theatre Studies and VCE Drama.

Assessed Task:

Students will be assessed on the following units of work:

TV show, Melodrama, Scripts, Non Naturalism, Forum Theatre and Improvisation. The major project will be a student devised issue based performance. Students must also submit a journal and complete all written assessment tasks

Prerequisites: Performing Arts, Drama, Production.
Leads into: Drama Year 10, Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2, Production.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Nil

Drama Year 10 – DRA0?

Drama Year 10 is suited to students who are considering choosing VCE Theatre Studies or VCE Drama. It is designed to give you a taste of what you can expect if you wish to further your studies in acting.

Course Structure:

The course is broad, offering opportunities to improvise, create collaboratively and engage with well known scripts. The students are required to develop, rehearse and perform a monologue and selected script excerpts. At this stage students are expected to be able to work effectively both independently and in groups. The unit will culminate in a public performance of short scenes, short plays or a full length play. Most assessment will be performance based but written reflections, research and performance analysis will also be undertaken.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on the following units of work:- Voice, Movement, Stanislavski, Script analysis and performance, Non- Naturalism, Theatre History, Body Language, Monologues and Ensemble Performance.

Prerequisites: Drama Year 8, Drama Year 9 and /or Production.
Leads into: VCE Theatre Studies (Units 1, 2, 3 & 4) and VCE Drama Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
 Subject Cost: Approximately $50.00 to see a performance

Music Year 8 – MUS8?

Music Year 8 is suited to students who enjoyed Foundation Music and would like to perform rock songs and develop their musicianship skills further.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus on the development of their musical skills and understanding by creating, rehearsing and performing in a range of styles. Some time will be spent establishing theoretical knowledge relevant to practical music making, and on exploring the social or historical context of selected musical styles. Students compose music using computer technology and particular student interest will be considered when course content is determined. Assessment will focus mostly on practical work, but some written tasks will also be assessed.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their positive participation in workshops and music rehearsals, a composition folio and a variety of group and solo performance tasks.

Prerequisites: Level Performing Arts, An ability or willingness to sing or play a musical instrument.
Leads into: Music Year 9, Production, Vocal Magic.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Nil

Music Year 9 – MUS9?

Music Year 9 is suitable for students who enjoy music, would like to develop their musicianship skills further and perform music in a variety of styles as a soloist or group member.

Course Structure:

In this subject there is a unit on composition and arrangement where students can explore the elements of music and create meaningful musical works. Students can select guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard or singing as their performance instrument. In addition, students who are members of one of the instrumental bands at the College can select to use an alternative musical instrument (eg Clarinet).  Some time will be spent establishing theoretical knowledge relevant to music making and on exploring the social or historical context of selected musical cultures. Assessment will be mostly on practical work and students will have the opportunity to perform to an audience and record their music.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their positive participation in workshops and rehearsals, a theory/aural test, a music careers assignment and a variety of solo and group performances.

Prerequisites: Performing Arts, Music Year 8, Vocal Magic, Instrumental Music.
Leads into: Music Year 10, Production Band, Vocal Magic.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Nil

Music Year 10 – MUS0?

Music Year 10 is suitable for students who enjoy music and who have successfully passed Year 8 or Year 9 Music previously.

Course Structure:

This class is designed to prepare students for VCE Music Performance and VET Music. Students who are members of one of the instrumental bands, Choirs or Vocal Magic may be assessed in these ensembles for one of their required class performances. Considerable time will be spent establishing theoretical knowledge relevant to the successful completion of the course and other areas including Performance techniques and analysis of musical works will be covered. Students will be expected to perform in front of an audience and have the opportunity to create a Year 10 Music CD recording.

Assessed Tasks:

Written theory exam, group and solo performances, a composition folio and a reflective journal.

Prerequisites: Music 1, Music 2, Production Band, Vocal Magic, Instrumental Music.
Leads into: VCE Music Performance.
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2 – TS011/TS022

VCE Theatre Studies is suited to students who are interested in learning more about theatre styles and developing their acting and production skills.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus on the interpretation and performance of plays from the pre-modern and modern era. A selection of plays are studied, both in written and performance form, and students use these plays to practise and develop their use of stagecraft. Different performance styles, both naturalistic and non-naturalistic, will be examined and practised to enable students to build a repertoire of tools to approach scripts with. Each student will move beyond merely looking at a play as actors, to developing it from the point of view of direction, design, set, costumes, make-up, lighting, sound and stage management. This broad look at the skills used in all aspects of mounting a production will help students analyse two professional productions, another essential part of the course.

Assessed Tasks:

Written and performance assessment tasks covering Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell’Arte, Elizabethan Theatre, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty and Stanislavski.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:  

Scored assessed coursework, performance tasks, written exam and journal.

Prerequisites: Drama 2, Drama 3 or Production
Leads into: VCE Theatre Studies Units 3 & 4, VCE Drama Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Acting Smart: Theatre Studies
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Excursion costs: compulsory performances per semester at approximately $50.00

VCE Theatre Studies Units 3 & 4 – TS033/TS034

VCE Theatre Studies is suited to students who enjoy performing and are wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts.

Course Structure:

In Unit 3 the class produces a full scale play, with all roles, design and technical needs filled by members of the class. As well as acting and/or directing, students are expected to work together to design and assemble set, props, costumes, light, sound and publicity. Team work and communication skills will be greatly emphasised. In Unit 4 students prepare, interpret and perform a monologue. They develop an understanding of the importance of context, performance style, historical factors and directorial interpretation, culminating in an external performance examination. Students also attend and analyse a professional production during each semester.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their contribution and performance in the class performance; they will also have to produce a folio which demonstrates the process followed during the four stages of production. Students will also have written outcomes on both prescribed professional productions seen throughout each semester, and their own performances and script interpretations.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored assessed coursework 45%, monologue performance exam 25%, written exam 30%.

Prerequisites: VCE Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2 Highly recommended
Leads into: VCE Drama Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Acting Smart: Theatre Studies
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Excursion costs: compulsory performances per semester at approximately $50.00.

VCE Drama Units 3 & 4 – DR033/DR034

VCE Drama is suited to Year 12 students who have enjoyed VCE Theatre Studies Units 3 & 4 and wish to develop their acting and theatre knowledge and appreciation further.

Course Structure:

In Unit 3 the class developed a non-naturalistic ensemble performance in which they undertake all of the creative and technical roles. Team work, collaboration and communication skills will be greatly emphasised. In Unit 4 students research, write, rehearse and perform a solo performance based on a prescribed stimulus. They develop an understanding of the importance of non-naturalistic theatrical devices, dramatic elements and expressive skills, culminating in an external performance examination and a written exam. Students also attend and analyse a professional production during each semester.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on their contribution and performance in the class performance; they will also have to produce a journal and written outcomes which demonstrate the process followed collaborating and devising their ensemble and solo performances. Students will also have written   outcomes on prescribed professional productions and will have a performance exam assessed externally.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of: 

Scored assessed coursework 40%, solo performance exam 35%, written exam 25%

Prerequisites: VCE Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2, VCE Theatre Studies Units 3 & 4
Leads into: Tertiary Drama/Theatre Studies
Booklist Items: Acting Smart: Drama
For further info: D. Joosten
Subject Cost: Excursion costs compulsory performances per semester at approximately $50.00.

VCE Music Performance Units 1& 2 – MC011/MC012

VCE Music Performance is suited to students who are planning to enrol in VCE Music Performance Units 3 & 4. Students who have a good understanding of music theory and high level performance skills would be very suited to this subject. Students are encouraged to have private lessons to complement their class work.

Course Structure:

This subject focuses on building performance and musicianship skills. Students present performances of selected group and solo music works using one or more instruments. Unit 1 students study the work of other performers and explore strategies to optimise their own approach to performance. They identify technical, expressive and stylistic challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and study aural, theory and analysis concepts to develop their musicianship skills. Unit 2 continues the development of performance skills undertaken in Unit 1, and focuses on analysis of music being prepared for performance. Students will also use their knowledge to assist them in activities involving composing, arranging or improvising.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on a variety of group and solo performances, technical work and a written   exam/analysis.

VCAA Assessment:

Scored assessed coursework.

Prerequisites: Music 3 or equivalent background is recommended or readiness determined by teacher.
Leads into: VCE Music Performance Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Aural Comprehension Workbook
For further info: L. Ford
Subject Cost: Optional external private lessons, excursion costs: approximately $20.00 to see a performance

VCE Music Performance Units 3 & 4 – MC033/MC034

VCE Music Performance is suited to students who have completed Units 1 & 2 and are keen to develop their musical talent, ability and theoretical knowledge. We encourage students to have private lessons to complement their class work.

Course Structure:

In this subject students select and present convincing performances of group and solo works representing a range of styles. They develop instrumental techniques that enable them to interpret the works and expressively shape their performances. They also develop an understanding of performance conventions they can use to enhance their performances. Students develop skills in unprepared performance, aural perception and comprehension, transcription, music theory and analysis. Unit 4 students refine their ability to present convincing performances of group and solo works. Students continue to study ways in which Australian performers interpret works that have been created since 1910 by Australian composers/songwriters. Focus is on the selection and preparation of prescribed musical works selected by students to perform in the end-of-year performance examination as a member of a group or as a soloist.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on a variety of group and solo performances, technical work and a written exam/analysis.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:  

Scored assessed coursework, performance exam, written exam.

Prerequisites: VCE Music Performance Units 1 & 2 or readiness demonstrated by interview with teacher.
Leads into: Tertiary Music Studies
Booklist Items: Aural Comprehension Workbook
For further info: L. Ford
Subject Cost: Optional external private lessons, excursion costs: approximately $20.00 to see a performance