Music has become an integral part of the College's cultural life.
Mazenod College offers a comprehensive and exciting music program including both classroom and instrumental music studies. While all students participate in classroom music in the Junior levels, students are given the opportunity to study music through to VCE levels, instrumentally and in the classroom.
In Year 7 and 8, all students study classroom music. Students participate in practical music making and develop theoretical skills. Students learn to develop a range of skills including, vocal, rhythmic, composition, notation and listening skills. These skills are developed on an individual basis and through group work. Areas of study include Instruments of the Orchestra, Graphic Notation, World Music, Jingle Writing, Music and the Environment and Rap Music.
In Year 9 and 10, students can participate in music as an elective. There is a strong focus on music technology at this level. The music department has recently upgraded its facilities to incorporate a music technology computer laboratory. Students develop their oral, research, composition and arranging skills and are introduced to the recording process through use of the recording studio. Areas of study include Music for Video, Arranging, Conducting, Film Music, Industry skills and Song writing.
At VCE level, students who learn an instrument and wish to develop their performance skills can participate in Music Performance Units 1 & 2 and Solo Music Performance Units 3 & 4. This level of study involves solo and group performances, aural and analysis skills.See Curriculum/Programs/Instrumental Music for more information on instrumental music.
Studying Drama can improve motivation, encourage greater self-esteem and confidence, develop cooperation, time-management and leadership skills, give a sense of identity, increase tolerance and understanding, improve memory, reasoning and problem-solving, engage non-academic and disadvantaged students, enhance verbal and cognitive skills, stimulate creativity, originality and learning and, perhaps most importantly, is fun to do. Furthermore, it has been shown that students who do well in Drama often earn higher grades in other subjects. Students also get the opportunity to see professional performances at the theatre.
At Year 8 all students undertake a series of units where they create plays based upon making their own advertisements, television news programs, radio broadcasts, spy plays, a Western, puppet plays and mime.
As an elective at Year 9 in Semester 1, the emphasis is on the expressive skills of voice, movement and gesture as well as storytelling, role, character creation and play building. In Semester 2, students focus on melodrama, satire and an extended performance project.
Also an elective at Year 10, students undertake VCE Units 1 and 2 where they focus on furthering their expressive skills, dramatic elements, use of stagecraft, developing role and character, and exploring the dramatic potential of plays. Emphasis is on producing an end of semester play. At Year 10 students also see a professionally produced play in both semesters.