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Music at DHS

Our music programs deliver students the opportunity to learn, appreciate and enjoy music with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The programs​

Junior Music

offers a foundation into musical instruments, composition, theory and aural skills, listening activities, music technology and analysis of music from different styles and cultures.

Instruments studied: Singing, Drums and Percussion, Glockenspiel, Guitar or Keyboard.

Assessment Tasks: Instrumental Performance, Music Technology, Composition, Instruments of the Orchestra, Cultural Music, the Elements of Music and Aural and Theory.

Middle School Music

offers students the opportunity to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught in Junior Music. Students perform music in ensembles, and as soloists.

Instruments studied: Students choose instrument/s of their choice. These include Singing, Drum Kit, Bass Guitar, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, and Piano.

Assessment Tasks: Instrumental Performance, Music Technology, Composition, Appreciation/History, Aural, Theory, Musical Language and a Listening journal.

VCE Music Performance

is offered from Units 1-4. Students prepare for an End of Year Performance Examination as either a member of a group, or as a soloist.

Instrumental Music at DHS

All instrumental music at Dandenong High School is ensemble based.

Concert Band & String Orchestra Program

(An Instrumental Music Levy and hire fees apply.)

This program is designed to encourage students to learn how to play and perform on a woodwind, brass or string instrument in Concert Band or String Orchestra. As a result of playing in the Concert Band or Orchestra students are given additional small group tuition (lessons) on their instrument.

Band and Orchestra rehearsals are held weekly.

This special program includes lessons and loan of a woodwind, brass or string musical instrument. To ensure the success of the program students and parents are required to abide by the regulations set down for participation in this program.

In addition to the instruments taught through the Concert Band and Orchestra Program instrumental music lessons are available to all students Years 7-12 on the Guitar (limited places for Year 7 & 8 students), Drum Kit (including percussion) Piano and Singing. These students are expected to perform in either the guitar or percussion ensembles or choir. All students develop their musicianship skills by participation in school ensembles, performances and concerts. (Woodwind, Brass and Orchestral String Instruments only, are available for hire.)

Music Events The Music Department at DHS prepare and present annual events such as a House Chorals Competition and a Performing Arts Gala. These opportunities provide an authentic learning experience for students, and allow DHS to connect with parents and the wider community.

The DHS Ex- Students Association offers The Edna Dawson Vukmirovic Music Scholarship each year. Criteria used to select students include technical ability and musicality on instrument, potential for growth, attendance and attitude at regular instrumental lessons, participation in DHS music ensembles and leadership potential. Scholarship is by audition only.

Learning Excellence Program