Learning a musical instrument directly and indirectly enhances the academic achievement of students and their employment opportunities. This is in addition to the enjoyment experienced by being able to play an instrument both as a soloist and as a member of a group.
We offer the following musical opportunities for students:
- An innovative Rock Band Program.
- A highly successful String Program.
- A Concert Band Program.
- Choirs – junior and senior.
- Individual and group instrumental tuition on all instruments.
- A highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed instrumental staff.
Rock Band Program
The Rock Band Program is an innovative program that operates in the junior years. It is an introductory program for students who have been playing their instrument for a relatively short period of time. It provides an ideal pathway to the VETiS music industry courses offered in the senior years. The program is designed to teach the art of rock performance. Students learn songs and study arrangement, improvisation, and stagecraft. They also learn the basics of music industry requirements including business and promotion skills.
Each year students have the opportunity to participate in our Senior and Junior productions. This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their performance and theatrical skills. Auditions are advertised on SIMON prior to rehearsals beginning.
Instrumental Music Program
The Instrumental Music Program involves students in individual or small group lessons with specialists, on instruments of their own choice. All instrumental students are required to also participate in one or more ensembles appropriate to their instrument. Students wishing to learn string instruments have the opportunity to join the Sion Strings or the Senior Strings. Students studying Concert Band instruments can join the Sion Concert Band or the Senior Concert Band.
Singers can participate in the Sion Singers or the Show Choir. Other ensembles such as Jazz Ensembles or String Quartets are formed from time to time according to interest.
Music making is part of our community. It has an important part in our Masses and liturgies as well as our assemblies, Performing Arts days and major events. There are frequent concerts to provide performance practice and our soloists and ensembles participate in the Sale, Yarram and Latrobe Valley Eisteddfods. Our musicians are often to be heard sharing their talents with the wider community at a wide variety of events.