Great Lakes College Forster Campus


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General overview

Music allows students to actively engage in performance, composition and listening activities.  We aim to increase students' understanding and appreciation of music through developing practical skills and aural awareness. Music brings a community together, and our focus on ensemble activities aims to foster a lifelong enjoyment of music that can be shared with others.


In Year 7 students are exposed to a wide range of musical styles and genres. Emphasis is placed on developing students' understanding of music literacy and interpreting types of music notation, whilst learning how to recognise and discuss musical events.

Course structure

The structure of the course involves learning about the concepts of music through:

  • Performing: singing and playing a variety of instruments individually and in groups (such as guitars, keyboards and percussion) as well as learning effective rehearsal techniques.
  • Composition: arranging improvising and creating new music including the exploration of music technology in the composition process (e.g. apps, recording software and online resources).
  • Listening: active listening experiences allow students to explore the manipulation of musical concepts while developing their understanding of ensemble performance

Students at Great Lakes College Forster Campus have many opportunities to participate in a range of extra-curricular musical activities such as College Band, Vocal Ensemble, musical productions, MADD night (Music, Art, Dance and Drama), Shine On (a combined Great Lakes Learning Community performance showcase), eisteddfods, Education Week concert (also a combined GLLC event), assembly performances and various excursions and the viewing of visiting performers.


Students will be assessed in relation to the outcomes they achieve in the following areas:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Listening
  • Participation, effort and appreciation.

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