SEMESTER PROGRAMME


Semester Programmes provide the opportunity to have in depth focus on learning new techniques, skills and overall musical development with long term outcomes. Semester programmes are designed to incorporate up to five ensembles, one day per week for two school terms. The semester programme can be integrated into an existing music programme offered as an extra curricular activity with student rotation throughout the two school semesters, maximising student involvement. Each ensemble lesson involves groups of three – five students, allowing for group interaction and development as well as individual attention and lasts for 45 minutes. Repertoire is arranged by The Livewire Project and is incorporated into the provided resources, along with technical exercises and scales specific to the music being studied. The programme has been created to be inclusive of beginners (AMEB Preliminary equivalent) through to advanced players. Lessons incorporate repertoire, technique, theory, ensemble skills, improvisation, use of effects with instruments, instrument care and setting up and packing down (use of leads and amplifiers) SEMESTER PROGRAMMES OFFERED:
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME The Primary School Programme caters for all abilities and is focused on introducing genres such as celtic, folk, jazz, pop and blues through listening and learning repertoire by ear and note reading. Students are introduced to improvisation through a series of fun exercises and group activities. Each term students work together to write a collaborative composition. The musical benefits of the programme include ensemble skills, improved sight reading and aural skills, freedom of expression through improvising and increased confidence. At the end of each semester a concert is held at the school where students are given the opportunity to perform the repertoire they have learned. There are 16 lessons per semester (8 per term) running for 45 minutes per class.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME The Secondary School Programme caters for all abilities and is focused on introducing students to multiple genres including celtic, folk, jazz, pop, bluegrass, gypsy, klezmer, rock and blues through listening and learning repertoire by ear and note reading. Students are introduced to improvisation through a series of fun exercises and group activities and are then encouraged to develop their ideas over basic chord changes. Each term students work together to write a collaborative composition. Students are introduced to creating loops live by the demonstration of the principles of recording, looping, layering and sampling live sounds. This can be an exciting addition to an electric live performance. The musical benefits of the programme include ensemble skills, improved sight reading and aural skills, freedom of expression through improvising and increased confidence. Students reaching VCE level have an exciting opportunity to prepare a contemporary piece on an electric instrument as inclusion into a well rounded performance programme. At the end of each semester a concert is held at the school where students are given the opportunity to perform the repertoire they have learned. There are 16 lessons per semester (8 per term) running for 45 minutes per class.
Don’t have an existing music programme at your school? The Livewire Project can set up a string programme at your school combining instrumental lessons with the Semester Programme. With acoustic and electric instruments, students can be a part of the electric programme from their first lesson and The Livewire Project provides teachers at the school for students to have weekly individual tuition. This provides your school with a starting point to building a strong and long lasting music programme.