Performing Arts

Dance

Dance at Sylvania High promotes opportunities for performance in both the school and as an extra curricular activity. Our aims are to encourage students to develop knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes in performing, composing and valuing Dance. The main aim of the syllabus is for students to study Dance as an ‘Artform’.

Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic and artistic understanding. The Dance curriculum aims to develop physical, cognitive, creative and performance skills, and knowledge in all students regardless of previous experience or level of skill. Students learn to develop ideas and to express them creatively as they compose and perform dances and analyse and interpret dance as works of art. They think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas, themes and feelings through movement.

Years 9 – 10 (Stage 5)

Dance is an elective study in Years 9 and 10 that uses the BOSTES Dance syllabus and covers three major areas: performance, composition and appreciation. The integration of the practices of performance, composition and appreciation is a key feature of the course and provides opportunities for students to explore and understand their world. A variety of dance styles will be utilised including jazz, modern contemporary and musical theatre/tap. Students will be provided with opportunities to display their performance skills to a variety of audiences and also to be involved in whole school performances. Students should consider Dance as we cater for all levels and are able to provide opportunities for development of skills of each individual.

Year 11 Preliminary (Stage 6)

Dance in Stage 6 is designed for students to experience, understand and value dance as an artform through the study of the performance, composition and appreciation of dance.

Stage 6 Dance requires students to study Performance, Composition and Appreciation. Students studying Dance bring with them a wide range of prior dance experience. The study of Dance in Years 9 and 10 is not a prerequisite but does assist students to understand areas for further development. Physical training and an understanding of the body is fundamental and of particular importance to this course and involves all three components of the course.

Components to be completed are:

  • Performance (40%)
  • Composition (20%)
  • Appreciation (20%)
  • Additional (20%) (to be allocated by the teacher to suit the context of the class)

Year 12 HSC (Stage 6)

All students undertake study in the following core areas: of performance, composition and appreciation.

Each student then elects to complete a Major Study from one of the following options:

Performance – 40%  OR Composition – 40%  OR

Appreciation – 40%  OR Technology – 40%

Extra- Curricular Programs Linked to Dance

Drama

In Drama, students engage in workshops, performances and discussions that encourage a co-operative approach to exploring the world through enactment and analysis. Drama develops the student’s skill and ability to creatively communicate and explore ideas, issues, cultures and events.

Learning experiences in Drama develop student self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem. Students improvise, workshop, rehearse and perform individual and collaborative works.

The study of Drama engages and challenges students to maximise their individual abilities through imaginative, dramatic experiences created in co-operation with others.

Drama is offered as an elective subject for Years 9-12, and extra-curricular Drama ensembles are available to students from Years 7-12.

Years 9-10 (Stage 5) Drama

involves improvisation, mime, playbuilding, theatrical traditions and performance styles such as commedia Dell’arte and realism, script writing and production design. Students learn through making, performing and appreciating the content whilst working individually and collaboratively with their peers.

Years 11-12 (Stage 6) Drama

Involves improvisation, playbuilding and acting, elements of production in performance, theatrical traditions and performance styles such as absurdist drama, Australian drama and theatre, black comedy and an individual project. Students learn through making, performing and appreciating drama within the given context. Stage 6 Drama offers students the scope to use their current skills and personal strengths to enhance their knowledge and capabilities so as to succeed in the HSC.

Extra-Curricular Programs Linked to Drama

Drama is also offered as an extra-curricular activity for students to experience this subject whilst extending their improvisation and performance skills. Currently, there are four drama ensembles that have the opportunity to perform many times throughout the year at events such as performing arts showcase evenings, open night, education week events and many more.

Drama students have the opportunity to experience the following:

  • Excursions to professional productions
  • Workshops with professional performers and technical crew
  • Auditions for State ensembles and Film Festivals
  • Tours of performances
  • Performance evenings for family and friends
  • Performances for their peers, local primary schools, local retirement establishments and Showcase events
  • Drama Tours
  • Participation in competitions such as Page to Stage, Theatre Sports and Filmfest
  • Training and experience in technical and backstage production

No previous experience is necessary however students should be aware that assessment is based on the completion of both practical and theoretical tasks and outcomes.

Music

Sylvania High School has a long and valued tradition in the performing arts and has for many years offered a comprehensive range of music classes. The new Music building was completed in 2009 and is a wonderful space for musicians to learn and rehearse. As well as two spacious music rooms, there are four practice areas and a resource room equipped with Internet connected computers – which is ideal for senior students and electives. Brass and Woodwind instruments are available for hire and in the classroom all students have access to keyboards and guitars.

The aim of the Music course is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for active engagement and enjoyment in performing, composing and listening to various music styles. This is achieved through a course of study involving both theory and practical classes. Students will be engaged in a range of music topics from all musical areas and styles. Students studying Music will have opportunities to listen, perform and compose music. Music is compulsory in Years 7-8. Students can elect to study Music in Years 9-12.

Years 7 and 8

Music is studied as a mandatory subject in Years 7 and 8. In this course students will learn to read, perform and compose. They engage in a range of musical experiences, developing an understanding of the concepts of music, through performing, composing and listening. In Music, Year 7 students will have many different experiences. Students will obtain practical knowledge on percussion instruments, keyboards or an instrument they already learn.

In Year 8 this knowledge is continued and expanded on with experiences on guitars and the drum kit. All students will be taught how to interpret chord charts, music and graphic notation. These skills will be used in class where students will compose their own music and perform these pieces in class.

Musicology is also taught in Year 7 and 8 and students will learn about the concepts of music, the instruments of music, Australian music, pop music and film music.

In Year 8 this knowledge is continued and expanded on with experiences on guitars and the drum kit. All students will be taught how to interpret chord charts, music and graphic notation. These skills will be used in class where students will compose their own music and perform these pieces in class.

Musicology is also taught in Year 7 and 8 and students will learn about the concepts of music, the instruments of music, Australian music, pop music and film music.

Years 9-10

Elective Music is offered as a subject from years 9 to 12. Students participate in musical activities individually and in groups. They engage in a range of musical experiences, developing an understanding of the concepts of music, through performing, composing and listening. Students studying music will have the opportunity of studying of performance on an instrument of their choice, composition using both traditional and computer aided techniques and develop listening skills through a variety of topics as outlined in the syllabus. Students are encouraged to specialise on an instrument or in voice and this participation in performance is complemented by the variety of music-enhanced extra-curricular activities offered at the school.

Years 11-12

At senior level, both Music course 1 and course 2 are offered to students studying music in years 11 and 12. Students may also study extension music in year 12. Through activities in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students will:

  • perform, interpret and discuss music
  • improvise and create melodies and harmonies with rhythmic accompaniments
  • recognise and identify the concepts of music and discuss their use in a variety of musical styles.

Assessment

In Music the assessment of student outcomes is comprised of several components. In Years 7-10, all students complete common written and practical assessment tasks. In Years 7-10, which are marked using prescribed marking criteria. These tasks include assignments, class and bookwork, literacy tests, listening, composing and performing activities. In Years 11-12, students undertake written examinations and listening, composing and performing assessment tasks.

Co-curricular activities

Students in Music are encouraged to further develop their music and performance skills through involvement and participation in the

  • music tuition program
  • school performances
  • community performances