Music and Artistic Performance

The Music and Artistic Performance program at Princes provides marvelous experiences and cultural learning opportunities for boys.

The program is one of the finest in Australia and incorporates Band, Strings, Choir, Piano and Guitar.

All students are encouraged from a young age to learn a musical instrument taught by a highly talented and professional team of single studies teachers and tutors. Boys are also encouraged to join one of the numerous ensembles at the school which coordinate with their individual lessons to ensure each boy can achieve exceptional results.

A special emphasis is placed on ensemble playing at Princes. Whereas many other schools centre their music departments around individual lessons, we have found that boys find it easier to be motivated when learning a new instrument next to their classmates in ensembles. Students are also encouraged to join one of the numerous ensembles at the school which coordinate with their individual lessons to ensure each boy can achieve exceptional results. Even the Piano Department has small ensemble playing as part of their curriculum.

Starting in Year 4, boys have the option of playing in a class band which teaches them everything they need to know in their first 12 months of learning their new instrument. This coordinated band program continues through to Year 12 and has recently been extended  include an Accelerated Music Class for advanced musicians in Years 7 and 8. In all these classes, concepts are taught through performance on their instruments rather than the standard theoretical approach.

The highlight of the music calendar is undoubtedly the annual tour to Mt Gambier for ‘Generations in Jazz’.  The bands have a long tradition of performing strongly at this national competition. This year our results were good, with Big Band 1 finishing 6th in Division 1, Big Band 2 finishing 5th in Division 2 and Big Band 3 finishing 2nd in Division 3. We also had three students selected into ‘SuperBands’ and another student was selected as a ‘Future Finalist’. The Princes Jazz Choir also make the trip down to Mt Gambier where they perform in one of the Vocal Divisions on offer.  These would be by far the strongest results of any independent school from South Australia. The tour is just one part of a comprehensive calendar of performance opportunities including our “All that Jazz” concert, recitals, special events, assemblies and competition.

Another integral and much anticipated component of artistic performance at Princes is the Musical which brings many elements of the school together from Music to Drama, Technology to Design.

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Participation in Music has indeed become one of the finest traditions at Princes allowing the boys to be creative, master new and challenging skills, enhance their personal confidence through public performance and build wonderful relationships nationally with professional performers and students alike.