Introducing Year 7 Class Band Program in 2021

Studying music stimulates your brain in a unique way. According to recent research*, music engages the parts of the brain that control your attention span, your ability to make predictions and the strength of your memory retention.

Developing an appreciation of music – particularly making music – is a key component of St Hilda’s Year 7 Music curriculum. In 2021 we are introducing a Class Band program that is designed to give all girls the opportunity to learn a new instrument, regardless of whether they have learnt an instrument before. All students will start the program at the same level, and will be taught the basics of theory and practice giving them an authentic learning experience with no prior music knowledge required. Those students already learning an instrument, will be required to choose a different type of instrument to learn.

The instruments on offer for this program include Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Low Brass and Percussion. This initiative gives girls the chance to try something new, with no obligation to continue beyond Year 7. However, we hope that it will spark new interest in some of the ‘lower profile’ instruments that are so valuable in our bands and orchestras.

The challenge of learning a new instrument requires persistence and a healthy dose of humour that in the end will lead to a greater understanding of all facets of music. Our state-of-the art Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre will provide the perfect space for our girls to consolidate their learning and perform to an audience in Term Two and Four.

Music and the arts not only supports academic learning, it also provides a positive outlet for students to explore new concepts, build their love of all genres of music and enjoy the thrill of performing with others.

It’s all part of St Hilda’s commitment to providing a broad range of opportunities that allows each and every student with an opportunity to shine.

*Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, Music moves brain to pay attention, Stanford Study finds.