Classroom music at Maryborough State High School offers students opportunities for personal growth and for making an ongoing contribution to the culture of their community. Through active participation in music making, it is hoped that students will maintain a lifelong engagement with music as an art form and a means of expression. Both the junior and senior course encourages students to become creative and adaptable thinkers and problem solvers who are able to make informed decisions, and develop their abilities to analyse and critically evaluate. Music involves the following dimensions:
Composition - using traditional scoring and modern technology to create music of their own
Performance - in a number of styles and genres, both individually and in groups
Musicology - using higher order thinking to explore how elements are used in a composition for particular purposes
Students who are keen to be involved in the music program have many opportunities at Maryborough State High School. One of our most accessible extra-curricular opportunities is the school choir. Weekly rehearsals culminate in showcase performances, including MADD and Gala performances, ANZAC Day parades, retirement village performances and many more. Student in this program also have the option of being a member of the Creative generation Choir.
The strings program at Maryborough State High School provides students opportunities to develop their technique and performance skills in violin, viola, cello and double bass. Students in this program become members of the Maryborough State High School string ensemble, a group which rehearses weekly and performs at numerous school and community events, including MADD and Gala Concert, trivia evenings and Eisteddfods. Students are also provided opportunities to be involved in smaller group ensembles, including string quartets and quintets.
The concert band and stage band programs are provided to those students who wish to learn a woodwind or brass instrument. Students are involved in weekly rehearsals and lessons, developing their practise and performance technique. The hard work students put into their rehearsals and ensembles are then showcased in many events throughout the year, including Fanfare, Gala concerts, retirement village performances and ANZAC Day parades.
The percussion ensemble is a relatively new program to the school. This program is a great way for those who wish to extend themselves in the music program to do so, as many of our string, woodwind and brass students also rehearse weekly and perform at school events. The percussion ensemble develops students' skills in various instruments including snare, marimba, bass drum, xylophone and toms.