"We are a musical family
so this is the place to be."
Dom Bowen, Parent
The College has a well developed and mature music program with consistently high student achievements – a result of a close partnership with Wagga’s Riverina Conservatorium of Music. The established partnership works with children from infants through to Year 12 in areas of vocal and instrument training.
"Music collaboratively and in community builds relational skills and supports and develops key parts of the brain that brings benefits to subjects such as maths and literature. Music encourages personal discipline, concentration and commitment qualities students take into the world beyond the classroom."
Mr Geoffrey Xeros
College partnership with the Riverina Conservatorium of Music
The highly developed partnership between the College and the Conservatorium has been a defining strength of the development of an exceptional music program. The combined quality of College and Conservatorium staff and resources has developed and grown a culture of exceptional standards and outcomes and a school wide love of music.
The Conservatorium provides staff and expertise at all levels of a student’s journey through the College music program, starting with Recorder in Year 2.
Our Year 2 students participate in a Recorder Program learning the basics of breathing, finger-work, rhythm, and pitch. Recorder is an excellent starting point in a child’s musical journey.
Our Year 3 Strings Program provides expert tuition in group lessons for all Year 3 students.
The String Ensemble is available for those students who take their lessons further and develop skills on violin, viola, double bass or cello.
Children have opportunity in Junior School to join the vocal program. This provides encouragement and development of their skills prior to joining a full vocal program in Year 4. Our Vocal Groups program allows for small groups of students to have lessons with an experienced tutor and then join together for a Vocal Ensemble rehearsal. The Vocal Ensemble is also open to students who already undertake tuition or are interested in singing in a large group.
Stage 3 ensembles PROGRAM
Students in Year 5 and 6 join one of our Stage 3 Ensembles - Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet and Trombone, Vocal, Flute, or Strings. This grows and develops students’ musical ability and enables them to join the Beginner Band once an appropriate standard has been reached.
Students in Years 7 to 10 with gifting and passion for music are able to undertake extension music. This course is in addition to the mandatory curriculum requirements and lays a solid foundation for students who wish to study music for their HSC.
Senior Band, Year 11 Band, Year 9 & 10 Band, Year 5 & 6 (Stage 3) Band
The College Bands give opportunity for committed musicians who meet weekly to rehearse, in preparation for performances at eisteddfods, at College events and in support of charities, churches and service organisations within the wider community.
We are achieving a culture around music at Wagga Wagga Christian College where all children feel encouraged and supported not only by staff but by their peers and the community.
We celebrate this as a community at regular events such as Battle of the Bands, the College Fete and Open Day. With different sections of the College having annual concerts, music is a natural part of how we celebrate coming together as a community.
One the highlights of the band program is the biennial College and Kapooka concert. The wealth of experience and inspiration that Kapooka brings to our students is highly valued and appreciated.
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
The Conservatorium provide many of the tutors who work in the College. Private lessons, on many instruments, are available during the school day.
The overall educational benefits of these programs are confirmed by both our experience and by independent research. Musical training has been strongly linked to improvements in attention and memory, auditory and motor skills, verbal ability and non-verbal reasoning. These skills clearly have positive repercussions for other learning areas such as maths and science.
"Our girls are keen musicians and the partnership between the College and the Riverina Conservatorium has provided them with inspiration and opportunity for the development of their God given gifts. The College has provided a framework for our children to flourish."
Dom Bowen, Parent