On the 22nd of July, all members of the Specialist Music Program and year 11 Media left early on the first day of term 3. The destination, Serpentine. The purpose; intensive Music rehearsals and workshops and intensive Media production time. Many students agreed it was an excellent way to begin term 3.
The trip to Serpentine was brief compared to other camps and tours. When we arrived at the campsite we unpacked quickly and attended the camp briefing where Mr Gowland outlined everything we would be doing.
The main goal for Music students was intensive rehearsals to prepare repertoire for the rest of the year. The last night camp concert showcased the progress students had made as musicians and as performers.
Mr Anderson's Media students were tasked with documenting the camp in photos and video which would be used in different ways back at school. Their main job was to prepare and shoot the material for their first major production, a current affairs story on the camp.
As students rotated through rehearsals those not rehearsing did team building and adventure activities which included wall climbing, archery, and various team-building games. These activities helped year 8 to year 12 students get to know each other better and work more effectively together.
Music Director Mr Gowland said, "for students to play and perform well together they need to know and be comfortable with each other. By mixing intensive rehearsals with team building and providing time and opportunity for students to jam together we help them to achieve outcomes that are fundamental to their success in this program.
One student said, "The camp was just great, good activities, good rehearsals, good fun and good food". It was described by the campsite manager as "one of the best organised and best run camps I've seen, topped off with courteous and friendly students".
All photos by year 11 Media students
By Daniel Kent (year 10)
By Kaleb Guard
For more information see http://www.yijalayala.bighart.org/murru/.
Photos by Zeke Larsen (yr 11) & Klaudia Pullen (yr 11)
by Alex Rowles-Verner (Yr 9 Media); Photos by Eddie Smith (Yr 9), Yazmine Antich (Yr 11) & Jasmine Kelly (Yr 10)
On the 30th of June and the 1st of July selected Specialist Music students performed set solo works to their peers and members of the school community in the music centre.
Head of Specialist Music, Mr Gowland described the purpose of this event as an opportunity to "give some of the best students in the program a platform to perform as soloists in front of their school community."
The performances were well received by the audiences and, according to Acting Principal Mr Neil Freckelton, "it was very good to see so many of the music students performing for and supported by their school community; real learning anchored in a real experience. That's what it's all about".
Year nine student, Loche Hopper, reflecting on his performance, said, "I felt pretty good but I missed 4 bars of my song. With a bit more practice I could have played a bit better. I'll practice more next time".
The Solo Performance series aims to extend students playing by selecting the strongest pieces from the solo performance exams for presentation to the school community.
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