Our aim at SHCS is not only for our students to excel academically in Music, but also to develop a love of performing and using the gifts God has blessed them with. We have many performance opportunities and have a variety of ensembles for students to be involved in.
Extra Curricular Music
These groups rehearse each week and are a great way to be involved in performance:
SHCS Choir (Years 5-12 sing in harmony.) This group rehearses on Tuesday mornings at 8.30am.
SHCS Senior String Ensemble (Our most able string players play challenging works from the great classics to more contemporary chamber music, and is widely regarded as one of the best musical groups in the area.) This group rehearses on Wednesday mornings at 8.30am.
SHCS Orchestra (Year 3-10 play a range of songs including classical, Christian and popular music.) This group rehearses on Thursday mornings at 8.30am.
Our students enjoy playing for school events, at churches, for the community and in music festivals beyond the boundaries of the Southern Highlands. We have participated in a number of great concerts such as Easter, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day. Tulip Time, Grandparents Day, Thanksgiving Service and the Bowral Family Carols. Our students regularly take part in a number of music festivals and we have talented visiting artists perform at our school.
Learning musical instruments is very popular at SHCS. Our music studios are in constant use and we have more than 100 students learning from our experienced tutor team.
Junior Instrumental Program
The Junior Instrumental Program runs in term 3 and 4 and enables all students in year 3 to master either the violin, flute, clarinet or cello free of charge. The program is a great opportunity for the students at SHCS. Learning an instrument has proven educational benefits for children such as improving concentration and intelligence, and it is pleasing to see many of our students continuing on after the initial two terms.
Junior Music Performance
Students in the junior school have many opportunities to perform throughout the year, at weekly lessons, chapel, assemblies and whole school events. There are regular afternoon concerts in the SHCS Café where primary musicians can play a solo piece.
SHCS has a long tradition of fostering outstanding talent in strings and invites talented string players to apply for music scholarships. Successful applicants join our Senior String Ensemble and play at a range of exciting events.
Music in the Junior Classrooms
At Southern Highlands Christian School, the students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have one Music lesson each week. During their time in Music, the students learn to perform on classroom instruments such as percussion, ukulele, xylophones, and keyboards and to sing a varied repertoire of songs. They also create short compositions and listen and respond to music.
Music in the Senior Classrooms
In Years 7-12 students learn about music through composing in a range of topics and styles, listening and performing. Students enjoy playing in small groups and learning arranging skills and teamwork. Elective music classes are very popular and are a creative and encouraging environment in which to nurture student’s talents.
Embracing music technology has enhanced work in composition. Students have written and recorded their own compositions, with Year 9/10 elective students experiment with GarageBand to record and add layers to their compositions; Year 11 Music students composing contemporary Christian songs and Year 12 HSC students submitting very professional scores using Sibelius software.
In His Service,
Head of Creative Arts