Senior School The Arts
Music is offered as a subject through the curriculum at all levels from Year 7 to 12.
In Year 7 and 8 each class experiences introductory courses, encompassing the fundamentals of beat, rhythm, pitch and melody writing, with a strong emphasis on development of aural skills. The Year 8 Performance Music subject which allows girls to use their individual music lessons (voice or instrumental) and College ensemble participation towards their assessment. Year 8 Performance Music is at a more challenging and exacting level than that offered in the core Year 8 Music course.
Students can then choose to continue with music as an elective subject throughout years 9 and 10. Topics covered at these levels include all styles and genres of music, compositional styles and forms, history of music, as well as performance and listening skills.
Senior Music is available as a QSA authority subject in Years 11 and 12, and Music Extension is available at Year 12 for students who wish to specialise in an area of their own interest. This subject allows for accelerated development for those students interested in pursuing music studies at a Tertiary Level.
Students may elect to study an instrument or voice through a comprehensive music program. Students may study from full time staff members or visiting specialists who offer lessons during school hours, or at lunchtime, before or after school by arrangement.
Studies have indicated that students who learn a musical instrument tend to develop their cognitive skills at a faster rate. The physical activity involved with playing a stringed instrument for example, combined with the intellectual focus, engages both sides of the brain in a way that is quite unique! The benefits of learning a musical instrument cannot be overstated!
The following are offered for all students at the College:
- Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Brass: Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone)
- Guitar - acoustic & electric
- Bass Guitar
- Highland Bagpipes & Drums
- Pipe Organ
- Percussion - Orchestral & Drum-kit
- Aural Musicianship Training
- Music Technology
As well as the many performance opportunities for our students during the year, students may undertake AMEB or Trinity College examinations. Individuals and groups may also participate in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, combined school festivals in Toowoomba and Brisbane and other community events.
- Music Groups
- Choir, vocal ensemble and chorale groups
- Concert and stage bands
- Symphonic wind, flute ensembles
- Brass ensembles
- String quartets, ensembles, orchestra
- Symphony orchestra
Fairholme College is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls and the nurturing of students’ individual interests and talents.
As part of this commitment, the College offers a range of scholarships and bursaries with part remission of fees. Due to finite funding availability, preference is given to those students who would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Fairholme education.
The following music scholarships are offered: