Music

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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.

Curriculum

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.

Co-Curriculum

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.

Studio Teaching

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.

Contact

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 musicsecretary@mfac.edu.au

Booklet for download

Music at Flinders booklet

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Friends of Music

Aiming to build a better Flinders community through supporting the Music Program

The Matthew Flinders Anglican College Parents and Friends Association is a group of committed parents, volunteers and friends who work hard to maintain and develop the great sense of community at Flinders. They also assist the College, through their fundraising efforts to provide a safe, healthy and most up-to-date educational facility for our children.

Within the P & F Association are a number of groups of parents who support specific areas of interest. The Flinders Friends of Music supporters are a dedicated and enthusiastic group that exists to foster and promote excellence in music through support of the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Music Department. Friends of Music assist both in providing students with opportunities for music performance and raising funds to purchase music and equipment.

Our Mission

To foster and promote excellence in music through support of the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Music Department.

Our Objectives:

1.     To develop a partnership with the Music Department to support their endeavours by:
a)      Providing practical support for the presentation of music events
b)      Fundraising
c)      Creating public awareness

2. To support and promote student music activities.

3. To promote the intrinsic value of music within the community.

Friends of Music Meetings

The Flinders Friends of Music group meet informally several times per year (usually 2-3 times per term) prior to major events in the music calendar.  Attendance is encouraged but not essential and minutes are available to all members after each meeting via the MyFlinders Friends of Music group.  Our meetings are held in the Music Department (H Block on the Secondary campus) and have a social emphasis with refreshments provided.  We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly group.

Each year an Executive Committee is elected at an Annual General Meeting. Nominations are sought for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and general committee members.  Please contact the Music Department on 5477 3258 if you are interested in finding out more about the AGM and the nomination process.

How can you help?

Whether you are a working or a non-working parent, there are a myriad of ways in which you can help.  Each function organised by Friends of Music is supported by an Event Co-ordinator and a group of assisting volunteers.

You can volunteer with:

  • Function co-ordination (you can nominate a specific event if you wish)
  • General assistance at music events (serving food, setting up venues, clearing up etc)
  • Moving music equipment
  • Bar assistance
  • Raffle co-ordination
  • Chocolate drive co-ordination
  • Fundraising
  • Social Events

How can you join Friends of Music?

If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic music supporters group please contact the Music Department via e-mail flindersfriendsofmusic@gmail.com or call 5477 3258 for the date of the next meeting. Then just come along and join in!
There is no joining fee or annual membership fee. Come along and help us promote music within our community.

We look forward to welcoming you!