Developing students’ musical ability and appreciation is one of our School’s most important goals. Extensive research suggests that Music has significant benefits for students’ academic studies by developing concentration, comprehension and dexterity. Studying a musical instrument assists children’s cognitive abilities.
Reasons to study music:
- Children who learn music as a small child can do better at a range of subjects.
- Children who play music learn there are rewards from hard work, practice and discipline.
- Playing a musical instrument aids the development of children’s’ creative thinking and motor skills.
- Music assists youngsters become better listeners.
- Music can also enhance health and well-being and increase stamina.
- Singing develops aural skills
Students undertake music classes at Kilvington from ELC to VCE and is compulsory to Year 8. Music can be chosen as an elective at Year 9 and studied at VCE from Year 10.
Kilvington offers expert private music tuition for a diverse range of instruments, with the convenience of an in-school location. Many of our expert teaching staff have professional performance careers and offer excellent mentoring to upcoming students. We offer a comprehensive music program from ELC – VCE with lessons scheduled to have a minimal impact on academic learning. Students are encouraged to enroll in AMEB and Trinity external examinations, providing genuine goals to strive for as they begin their musical journey.
The list of instruments offered at Kilvington include: Piano (traditional/Suzuki), Guitar (acoustic/electric and bass), Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Drums/Percussion, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Voice and Music Theory.
Kilvington’s Orchestras and Bands
By joining one of the School’s many bands or ensembles, students are able to participate with others of similar interests, build on their communication skills, and work productively together as part of a team. Our School has many musical groups across various genres, including: Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Concert band, Kadenza intermediate Band, Stage Band, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and String Quartets and trios.
Kilvington offers an extensive range of choral options for students.
At the junior levels, students sing weekly during timetabled classes in the Prep – 2 choir, Years 3 and 4 choir, Years 5 and 6 choir and the auditioned Years 5 and 6 choir, Klefs.
In the Senior school, students participate fortnightly in Years 7, 8 and 9 year level choirs as part of the curriculum, and have the option to join the many co-curricular choirs. Kilvington has both a senior boys and girls choir, plus several mixed choirs.
The performance opportunities at Kilvington are many and varied, and cater for a wide range of instruments and styles. Our major concerts include the Annual Music Concert, Jazz Cabaret, Winter Concert, Spring Concert and Celebration Evening.
Students may also be involved in the Vocal Soiree, String Concert, VCE Recitals, Dance and Drama Concert, and weekly performance soirees after school.
Music mentors are an important and valuable extension to the music program. Senior students who are experienced and highly skilled, play alongside juniors in the Kadenza band and tutor the students during rehearsals. Our younger less experienced students learn intricate musical techniques while sitting alongside the seniors during rehearsals.
Pictures of senior and junior students playing together
Drama is offered in the curriculum from Years 5 to VCE Theatre Studies. Students may also elect to participate in Speech and Drama lessons both individually and in a group setting. Lunchtime drama clubs for each year level also exist and are well received by our students. Speech and Drama is offered for private tuition from ELC – Year 12.
Many students also pursue dance at Kilvington through the School Productions and opportunities to perform at Celebration Night.
Kilvington’s House Arts event is organised and directed solely by students. The event features leaders from Senior year levels, working together in House groups to develop a performance, which is creative and imaginative. The experience offers student role modeling and mentoring and enables strong friendships to be fostered across many year levels.
During the House Arts, students are able to build valuable independence and organisation skills. The broad nature of the House Arts event provides students with a variety of tasks to experience.
Students may become involved in script-writing, music performance and composition, and the technical aspects of the performance such as lighting, slideshows, multimedia, and PowerPoint presentations. The House Arts performances are critiqued and points are awarded to the winning house.
ELC and Junior School Productions
Kilvington’s Junior School Productions are well recognised for the quality of the performances, costumes, sets and professionalism. The ELC and Junior School regularly perform for the School community and these events are eagerly anticipated.
Each year the Years 5 and 6 students perform in a musical, whilst the Prep – Year 4 students perform together in a musical production biennially. The ELC also stages a performance each year, which is loved by students and parents alike.
Senior School Productions
Kilvington’s spectacular Senior School productions have always been a highlight of the School calendar. School Productions are a wonderful way for students to make lifelong friendships across many year levels, develop acting, singing and dancing skills and learn about teamwork and collegiality. Kilvington has performed a great variety of styles and genres from Grease to Hairspray, from Anything Goes, to Bye Bye Birdie. Students from Years 7-12 can elect to participate in the school production.