We are very excited to congratulate Isabelle Kohout, a Music extension candidate, on her performance nomination for ENCORE 2016. In the style of ARTEXPRESS, this is the showcase of the best of the three Music courses from the 2016 practical HSC Examinations. Students are nominated for their performances, compositions, or their musicological study of a viva voce in Music Course 1 or essay in Music Course 2. As there is only one concert, with approximately 21 participants, it is then quite difficult to be selected. The audition panel is made up of HSC marking supervisors who look at the style of music, the instrumental pedagogies represented and then endeavour to include a cross section of candidates from Catholic, Independent and Departmental schools. Isabelle’s nomination from over 5,700 candidates is an outstanding achievement and we wish her every success in the next segment of the selection process.
The Year 9, 10 and 11 elective Music classes attended a composition workshop at MLC Burwood in July. The theme was “Unlocking your Creativity” and was led by Australian composers Adrian Kingwell (composer in residence at MLC), Paul Mac, Mark Grandison, Dr Alicia Grant and Holly Harrison, who all analysed works and provided tips on composition techniques and the creative process.
Students were invited to contribute their ideas to the creative process and professional musicians and vocalists performed the projects live. The day provided a unique opportunity for all music students to benefit from the insight of professional composers and performers. Our students came away with a new attitude to composition, eager to try the techniques on their own.
In keeping with the school 2016 Strategic Plan, the Music Faculty determined to adopt the Orff approach throughout K-12, to facilitate the Music goal in Creativity. We hoped to:
- foster a better understanding of creativity
- develop opportunities for improvisation
- nurture confidence and enthusiasm, while removing the apprehension which is sometimes associated with composition tasks.
This year we targeted Year 7 by timetabling a dedicated lesson every cycle using movement, singing, chanting and body percussion to encourage playfulness and experimentation while improvising.
We have been pleased with the outcomes as students have engaged enthusiastically and we have witnessed a higher level of discernment as they collaborated, rehearsed and then presented a digital recording and reflection of their composition task.
Loreto Musicians are preparing performances for the Music Showcase on Thursday, 24 November where all of the school ensembles will take part. The Showcase begins at 6:00pm for Junior School Instrumental Ensembles, followed by a short interval. The Senior School section of the program will begin at 6:45pm. The Loreto community are most welcome to attend this concert which showcases the excellent work the students and their tutors have engaged in over the year.
Gillian Odell (Ms)