St Patrick’s College provides a myriad of exciting opportunities for boys to challenge themselves within the Arts. The College is recognised as one of the leading music schools in Victoria having won Gold Shields at the Melbourne Schools Music Festival. The boys school environment at St Patrick’s challenges and supports boys in taking on leadership positions within the Arts and is evidenced in a range of mediums including the College’s outstanding annual school production, participation in the Purton Oratory and Doyle Debating Competitions, and the breadth of stunning art pieces that adorn the walls of the College.
Through excellence in teaching and learning processes, boys will express themselves in the Arts in deep and contemplative ways, the depth of which may not be realised within a co-educational environment.
Classroom Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 and an elective from Year 9 to VCE. All students are encouraged to participate in the College’s music program.
Basic keyboard skills, the theory of music and music analysis are incorporated into the music programme, with the main emphasis in earlier years on understanding and developing a technical and aural framework. Students are expected to develop an ability to read music fluently.
Instrumental music is a compulsory study for all students in Year 7 and provides the opportunity to learn classical guitar, concert band or orchestral instruments. Basic technique, music theory, solo playing, working as a member of an ensemble and other skills associated with instrumental playing are covered and the students have the opportunity to develop performance skills.
The College also runs an extensive co-curricular music program, with students able to join a variety of bands including Concert Bands and Stage Bands, and many smaller ensembles such as Classical Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and String Ensembles. These bands perform at a variety of school and community based events. The senior groups undertake a major tour every other year.
The Music Program is supported by committed staff and innovative programs to enhance skill development.