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Senior Music Extension Course

 

The senior music extension program was established in 2017. Five Year 12 students completed the course in its first year. The program provides students with the opportunity to extend their musical talents and excel.

 


 

Music Extensions is taught by Ray Cosgrove. Ray is an accomplished musician himself, a brass specialist and he has played in a range of bands, ensembles and orchestras.

During his career, Ray Cosgrove has established, conducted and coordinated numerous ensembles, bands and choirs through his career with a number of 1st place, gold and silver awards achieved through various eisteddfods and Fanfare. In 2009 he wrote and directed ‘Blame it on the Beanstalk’ a musical designed for middle school students, in 2016-18 he has served as a bass singing mentor and core choir manager for Creative Generations Queensland and in 2017 he co-directed ‘High School Musical’ for Holland Park State High School with an endeavour to direct many more.

 

 
 
 

Students are given the opportunity to focus on one of the three following areas of study:

 

1.      Performance – using an instrument on their choosing

2.      Composition – utilising tools such as: Note Flight and Sound Trap

3.      Musicology – focusing on a research topic of their choosing

 
 
 
Students have two independent study lessons and one lesson each week. To be eligible for entry into Music Extensions, students must be in Year 12 and already studying the Music as an authority subject.
 

 

The culminating event for the year is the Music extension recital in Term 3, where all students are given the opportunity to showcase their musical talents by performing and presenting their final assessment.

The program has been a great success with three of our five first participating students selected for entry into the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University in 2018.