Music is a popular and busy subject at The Friends’ School. It caters for a wide range of interests and levels of experience, and places a particular emphasis on students using their instrument and/or voice to perform and compose.
The music curriculum focusses on the development of both musical skill and understanding, taking an experiential approach to the exploration of important musical ideas.
There are regular opportunities to perform whether that be in class or at a school event. Twilight concerts feature in the School’s calendar and provide Music students with the chance to perform in front of a wider audience.
Students are regularly encouraged to extend themselves by participating in performance and/or composition competitions with a number having been successful with events such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonietta Composition Competition, the Clarence Jazz Festival, conducting programs, and composition and song writing competitions.
The program is staffed by a number of passionate music educators, who keenly desire to see young people develop as musicians in whatever field is of interest to them.
Music is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and an elective subject from Year 8 onwards. In Years 11 and 12 students may elect to study Music as part of the International Baccalaureate or the Tasmanian Certificate of Education. We also offer several University of Tasmania College Music courses, such as those specialising in music performance, composition or the use of music technology.
The School employs a Resident Contemporary Musician who provides particular support to students with an interest in contemporary popular music. Rock bands and other contemporary ensembles regularly perform at school events and are encouraged to participate at the annual Amnesty Battle of the Bands.
Instrumental and Vocal Tuition
Students at The Friends’ School have the opportunity to receive individual tuition on an instrument through the Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Program. A number of instrumental staff are employed by the School to provide instrumental tuition including woodwind, string, piano, percussion, brass and guitar teachers.