Research tells us that music is inextricably linked with academic achievement and social development and our specially developed curricular and co-curricular music program certainly bears testimony to this relationship.
Children who study music have been shown to think more clearly and concisely, have advanced motor skills, do better at maths and science and have an enhanced sense of health and wellbeing. Being part of an ensemble promotes discipline and focus, improves communication skills and helps instil an exemplary work ethic, while building strong and satisfying friendships.
More importantly, music is fun and the students are thrilled to find their niche, whether as part of a class lesson or a competitive unit.
Music is an essential part of the Primary years and features as a compulsory subject for students in Prep to Year 6, with two lessons a week. Class programs range from learning instruments in Years 3 and 4 and a vocal adventure in Year 5, culminating in the participation and staging of a musical in Year 6.
Those in Year 7 also benefit from music lessons during the year, learning guitar and African drumming, while students in Years 8–12 can choose music as an elective. Extension music is available for those who wish to study music as a career after school.
At Flinders we are proud of our Co-Curricular music program as much for our continued success in competitions, as for the experience of synergy and rewards it fosters in the students who participate. There are a number of ensembles both in the Primary and Secondary schools, both by invitation and general participation, which offer students an opportunity to become well-rounded musicians.
Our string ensembles, bands, orchestral strands and vocal choirs cater to a wide range of individual interests and skill levels encouraging a strong pursuit of excellence cloaked in fun.
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College we strive to ensure that students always have the opportunity to be the best they can be. Our individual training program, run by a group of exceptionally skilled and experienced instrumental tutors, gives students the option of a one-on-one lesson in a specially tailored program devised to strengthen technique and expand musical expression.
For more information on the Matthew Flinders Anglican College music program, the ensembles on offer as well as private tuition and instrument hire, contact the Music Office on (07) 5477 3258 or email email@example.com