Our Certificate IV program is aimed at the region’s most talented and ambitious classical musicians. It is designed for senior High School students, or may be used by school leavers seeking to develop skills before undertaking further tertiary education.
Over the four terms, students will receive weekly 2 hours face-to-face harmony, aural and notation tuition, ensemble experience with the Cathedral Choir or Christ Church Camerata, and workshops with guest presenters. Students are required to continue regular weekly tuition with their current instrumental or vocal teacher. These lessons are at the student’s expense.
A level of proficiency for instrumentalists of 7th grade AMEB or equivalent, and for vocalists 5th grade AMEB or equivalent, is required.
The course contains core units (those required by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)) and a selection of elective units determined by the NCCM. Students can choose two electives, depending on their desired specialization.
Core units provide opportunities to develop skills in logically developing, articulating and debating ideas, understanding the complexity of copyright and business management, and to apply appropriate work, health and safety measures.
The elective units determined by NCCM focus on two main areas: performance and musicianship. Students will develop performance skills through regular training, rehearsing and performance with some of Newcastle’s leading musicians. This unique performance focus is underpinned by a rigorous training in aural perception and awareness, and the analysis and application of functional harmony.
Students are required to choose two elective units, according to their desired specialization. These electives develop individual instrumental or vocal technique, acquire skills in arranging and composing, or cultivate abilities in conducting or improvisation.
Certificate IV courses are considered a pathway to Diploma or Degree level studies.