After more than 40 years of developing the abilities of musically talented students, the Churchlands Senior High School Gifted & Talented Music Program is now one of the state's largest and most successful music programs, with graduates working in leading and principal positions in most high-profile national arts organisations. The program was established in 1972 to encourage young musical talent and raise the profile of music in the community through education.
Ensemble performance is an integral part of the Churchlands music experience, and the performing ensembles include choirs, concert bands, a marching band, orchestras, wind and string chamber groups, guitar ensembles and jazz bands. To enter any level of the music program, students must complete tests and auditions. Those who win a place in the program undertake an intensive well-rounded course that is both practical and theoretical.
Working hard as part of a disciplined team, the students expertly perform music in a wide range of styles, make rewarding friendships, travel, and contribute to the community. Managing a busy schedule is part of the students' musical program experience. As a result, the program has a reputation in Western Australia and beyond for excellence in performance and music studies.
A successful ensemble depends on two crucial elements: balance and commitment.
An orchestra or band is more than a collection of musicians; it is a carefully balanced group of specific instruments. Because the music performed by the ensemble is tailored specifically for its particular resources, a sudden shift in the group's instrumental composition can limit its performance abilities. Instruments are offered to incoming students to preserve these balanced ensembles. If students drop out during the course, it affects the balance of an ensemble and therefore has an effect on all the other students. Students accepting a place in the Gifted & Talented Music Program are expected to continue to study music to the end of year 12.
It is only possible to maintain high standards if all students are committed to the program. Attendance at rehearsals, lessons and concerts, as well as a positive attitude to regular practice, is a requirement.
Students and parents alike share the responsibility in maintaining the program's high standards and excellent reputation, which attract people to it and help it thrive. It is important for parents and students to understand at the outset that this music program requires a high level of commitment.
We hope this website will be a helpful reference for matters relating to the music course. Various aspects of the program are presented so that they are clear to parents unfamiliar with the course and music education in general. If you need additional information, parents and staff who can be approached for further clarification are always available.