Flinders appreciates that 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 students at Flinders are thrilled to find their niche, whether as part of a class lesson or a competitive unit.
Music is a compulsory subject for Flinders students from 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. Students in Year 7 also benefit from music lessons during the year, learning guitar and African drumming, while students in Years 8 to 12 can choose music as an elective. Extension music is available for those who wish to study music as a career after school.
Flinders Co-Curricular music program enjoys continued success in competitions. There are a number of Primary and Secondary string ensembles, bands, orchestral strands and vocal choirs, which offer students an opportunity to become well-rounded musicians. In 2018, our students achieved top results in the five-day Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod, including First places for our Stage Band, Wind Symphony, Flinders Band and Flinders Choir.
Flinders individual training program, run by a group of exceptionally skilled 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.