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The Arts @ GSG

Participating in the creative arts is proven to have a positive impact on young people’s lives and development. For children, engaging with the creative arts is increasingly linked to improved learning across all aspects of education. Demonstrated benefits include enhanced literacy and numeracy, critical thinking and analytical skills.

At GSG the creative arts encompass Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Media. We offer all students the opportunity to engage with creative ideas and explore imaginative and artistic endeavours through well-structured and enthusiastic teaching by specialist Arts teachers.

GSG offers extra curricular programmes for students to develop skills in the creative arts through a variety of activities. 

The School is an active participant in community music, art and drama events throughout the year including community events such as ANZAC commemorations, YoHfest, City of Albany Christmas Pageant, the Albany Music Eisteddfod, and Art in the Park.

Large school events include the biennial Kingfisher Creative Arts Festival featuring the Whole School Art Exhibition, presenting artworks by every Junior School child and all Middle and Senior School Art students. We produce, on alternate years, a Middle and Senior School production presented in the Albany Entertainment Centre and a Junior School Production presented in the Albany Town Hall. The annual Kingfisher Concert is held in the Albany Entertainment Centre.   

Music @ GSG

GSG's vibrant and comprehensive Music programme offers a wide range of musical opportunities encompassing classical, jazz and contemporary music.

Music features at all formal school occasions and is a regular part of school assemblies and
Chapel services. 

Formal Music classes begin in Pre-Primary and are part of the weekly timetable up to Year Seven. During this time there are opportunities to learn violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, keyboard, the bagpipe chanter and drums.

From Year Eight, Music becomes an elective subject. In the remaining school years there is a choice of two streams of Music: contemporary music, culminating in a VET course with TAFE Certificate II and III; or an academic course leading to university entrance. In addition, individual and small group lessons are offered on a wide variety of instruments.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Learning an instrument and being involved in music provides opportunities for children to foster creative skills, enhances literacy and numeracy, helps develop fine motor skills, aids in personal and social development and gives great enjoyment.

Fundamental elements in learning and experiencing music directly parallel aspects of learning:

  • Reading: Visual recognition and understanding of music notation.
  • Speaking: Sounded expression of written music or improvisation.
  • Writing: Correct and meaningful writing of music notation.
  • Listening: Aural recognition, reflection and understanding of music.

Students learn valuable life skills such as motivation and dedication through learning and practising an
instrument.

At GSG students have the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments from one of our experienced instrumental teachers. Group lessons are also offered for beginners.

The School also offers students tuition on the bagpipes and marching drums as part of the Pipe
Band, a distinctive band that features at all formal school occasions. Go to our Music Forms Pipe Band Application form. 

Please download an Instrumental Lesson Application form and return it to the Music office by email via music@gsg.wa.edu.au or call the Music office on 9844 0327 for information about applying for music lessons. 

Co-curricular Music

There are many ensembles offered to GSG students to cater for all levels of musical development, age and style. Activities for ensembles include annual camps, regular tours within Western Australia and interstate and many performance and learning opportunities throughout the year. Many students are involved in Music throughout their school journey.

Performance occasions provide students with the opportunity to learn the importance of presentation 
and generate a feeling of excitement and pride in their achievements. 

Please contact the Music office for more information or download an Ensemble Application form here and return it to the Music Office. 

For any enquiries regarding Music @ GSG, please contact the Music Office on 9844 0327 or email via music@gsg.wa.edu.au.

 

   

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