2019 Music Handbook

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Tenison Woods College has an exciting and vibrant music program. Hundreds of students are involved in classroom music, instrumental lessons, bands and choirs.

Take a tour of our Musical Futures room and our Music Lab.

All students from Early Learning to Year 8 are involved in classroom music. With excellent resources and a large, professional music team, all students develop strong foundations in understanding the world of music.

Students can choose to have instrumental lessons on voice, piano, guitar, bass, drum kit, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone(s), trumpet, French Horn or trombone.

We have a large range of ensembles that students can be involved in, these include:

Junior Choir - A hugely popular voluntary choir for students in Years 1-3. A fantastic introduction to the fun that music can be as a group.

Primary Choir - An exciting choir available for Year 4-5 students. Performing a mixture of contemporary and well known tunes, this choir performs regularly and also competes in local vocal competitions.   

Music Connection (Year 6/7 Choir)  This choir attends the Second Music Camp, works with MJ Dance director Maria Slape for choreography and competes locally in vocal competitions.

Year 5 Bands - As part of our instrument immersion program each Year 5 student studies either trumpet, trombone, clarinet or flute as part of their music curriculum. They study in small groups then each class also has a band lesson each week to learn the skills of playing as an ensemble and watching a conductor.

Year 6 Band- Students that have progressed through the Year 5 band program or through the instrumental program come together to work as an ensemble.

Year 7 Band- This ensemble caters to upper primary students who have developed their skills through the instrumental program.

Concert Band - Our largest ensemble containing flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass and percussion. This ensemble performs a mixture of classical and contemporary songs. 

Woodwind Ensemble – An outlet for woodwind players (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, alto saxophone) to experience mostly classical repertoire. Members learn to blend and balance in an ensemble. Skill level is mid intermediate and up. 

Musical Futures Bands – Grown out of our Musical Futures Year 7 program these ensemble allows students to continue in their band, working and performing on contemporary music in a ‘rock’ ensemble.

Guitar Ensemble – Once students become comfortable reading music they may be invited to join this ensemble. Playing a variety of music with guitars and bass this ensemble is always popular with audiences.

Saxophone Quartet – This is an ensemble for intermediate level saxophone players with an emphasis on musical accuracy and ensemble work while playing more difficult repertoire. Genres played are classical, modern and jazz.

Brass Ensemble – Created for brass students of intermediate level, this ensemble performs classical, choral and marching styles of brass music. With emphasis on musicality, accuracy and balance, students will experience the sound of instruments, from the same family, blending together in harmony.

Big Band - Playing a mixture of jazz and funk charts this ensemble competes in the `Generations in Jazz' Festival. This ensemble comprises of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Concert Choir – This ensemble is a hard working group of Year 8-12 students, both males and females. We hope that this choir may compete for the first time in the ‘Generations in Jazz’ festival this year.

Thunder Drum Corps - This ensemble was established in 2008 and is the only drum corps in the region. Comprising of snare drums, trio drums, bass drums and cymbals our drum and other instrumental students love to be involved in this ensemble.

Storm Drum Corps Due to the increase in interest from students to participate in Drum Corps, we developed the Storm Drum Corps. Students in this ensemble do not have to be learning drums, the rhythm reading they learn in music class can provide enough basis for this ensemble.