The Arts

Dance

Dance is a continuously evolving form of creative expression which allows students to use their bodies as the primary instrument of communication. Students are provided with experiences which encourage and value individual aesthetic response, and which facilitate the development and expression of the individual on a physical, intellectual, social and emotional level. Through Senior Dance, students will foster an appreciation of a range of cultural contexts within Australia and the rest of the world.

Students will undertake learning and assessment experiences in Making; Choreography (by exploring, selecting and manipulating dance components and skills); Performing (by employing the technical and expressive skills of dance to communicate an interpretation of intent) and Responding (by building knowledge and understanding of dance in its contexts and learning the skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research). These experiences will be undertaken in the context of a range of dance styles such as Contemporary, Ballet and Popular styles.

 

Drama

Drama provides students with a unique form of experiential learning which engages both the intellect and emotion. Students' understanding of themselves and the world in which they live will be enhanced as they draw on their own and others' life experience and develop their creativity to produce and critically evaluate Drama. Students develop the ability to use the language and symbol systems of Drama to make and communicate meaning, symbolically represent the world in which they live and deepen their understanding of symbolic representations.

Drama provides students with an array of learning experiences undertaken in a range of contexts. Students study dramatic languages (elements of drama, skills of drama, styles and their conventions, contexts and texts) and dramatic perspectives. They will cover a range of works from Western, Non-Western and Australian Drama, thus allowing the exploration of theatrical styles such as Realism, Epic Theatre and Physical Theatre. Students will receive a well-rounded education in Drama through their experiences in directing, playwriting, acting, improvisation, and will adopt the mantle of theatre critic to discern the social and cultural value of dramatic works. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to view live theatre to enrich their knowledge and understanding of Drama.

Students will be assessed using a variety of tasks such as playwriting, directing, performance, and extended analytical writing in response to live theatre.

 

Music

How does one measure the value of music in learning and in life, when it is something that is so interwoven in the fabric of our daily lives? There is extensive research published that demonstrates the benefits of participating in musical activity on a social and cultural level, but the act of inspiration involved in actually creating or performing music, engages both the analytical and artistic sides of our brains simultaneously, which is why it is so important in the educational development of our students.

The MBC Music Program is a dynamic, living entity that provides opportunity for all members of our community to make music. Our curriculum program supports students from Year 7 to Year 12 Music Extension, in the progressive development of their music skills. The incorporation of the latest technologies in sound recording, mixing and composing, as well as our strategic curriculum design, ensure the success of our program continues throughout Years 7 to 12.

Our aim is to create and sustain an environment in which music, in all its rich diversity, is celebrated, respected, admired, engaged in and encouraged. Formal assessment embraces the dimensions of Making and Responding.

 

Visual Art

The Visual Arts focuses on students' making, displaying, appraising, analysing and evaluating images and objects. Students develop perceptual and conceptual understandings of visual language, enabling them to appreciate and interpret the symbol systems and visual communication of cultures and societies, past and present. They engage in experiences to develop personal expression, aesthetic judgment and critical awareness. Students get satisfaction and enjoyment from making images and objects and from displaying them.

Visual Arts learning outcomes are organised in terms of Making, and Responding to images and objects. These are interrelated and complementary processes. The evaluation of images and objects is related to the processes of making and displaying. 

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