Music and Instrumental Program
The Willetton Senior High School Music program consists of both theoretical and practical components.
All music courses contain an element of written work but the greatest proportion of the courses lie with the application of theoretical knowledge in performance. In senior school, music is provided in two pathways:
- ATAR pathway where students sit the music tertiary entrance examination at the completion of Year 12
- Vocational pathway is in conjunction with the delivery of the Certificate II in Music for Year 11 and 12 students, and Certificate III in Music for those Year 12 students who have already completed the Certificate II qualification
In all year groups, students may study an instrument through the School of Instrumental Music program. Instruments from woodwind, brass, strings and percussion are taught as well as classical guitar, contemporary guitar and voice.
Students continuing in the SIM program from primary school will be automatically included in this course, with beginners being offered available placements at the start of the school year through their Class Music teacher.
Students involved in the instrumental program must be enrolled in Class Music and are required to participate in at least one ensemble program; these include a Junior Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Jazz Band, Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and String Orchestra. All ensembles meet outside school hours and provide an excellent opportunity for students to use their instruments in a collaborative environment as well as providing opportunity for performance.
Students who are involved in the music program have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular events such as festivals and tours.