Music & Drama

Music Excellence

We have a thriving curricula and co-curricular music program at Brisbane Adventist College. In 2018, Brisbane Adventist College musicians entered a variety of ensemble, small group and individual categories at the QUOTA Beenleigh International Eisteddfod. We placed in every category entered:

  • 30% of students were awarded Highly Commendable 
  • 30% of students received 3rd place 
  • 17% of students received 2nd place 
  • 23% of students received 1st place. 

A disciplined study of music enhances creativity, cultural participation and good study habits and memory skills. However, we also see music as a way of worshipping and engaging with our creator God.

Curriculum

The Music Department at Brisbane Adventist College provides quality music education from Prep to Year 12. 

Over the course of their education at BAC, students study a variety of music forms and styles, including: blues and negro spirituals, canons, musical theatre, pioneers of rock, music on TV, jazz, music’s greatest composers, vocal and instrumental music.

Senior Music is a QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) General Subject that contributes to a student’s Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank at the end of Year 12. Senior Music is intended to increase the student’s skills in the dimensions of composition, musicology and performance. It covers a wide variety of musical genres and equips students with skills of musicological analysis, synthesis and evaluation that are transferable across the many and varied styles of music. Students are encouraged to appreciate quality music and are given tools and skills for understanding, performing and creating their own music. Aural skills are emphasised and each student’s ability on their chosen instrument (including voice) is given scope for development. 

Music Extension is a second and more specialised subject offered at BAC. It is also a QCAA General Subject contributing to a student’s ATAR and must be taken in addition to the Senior Music course. Music Extension enables eligible specialisation in the student's choice of composition, musicology or performance and requires a significant independent investigative research task in addition to specialised study in their chosen dimension.

Instrumental Tuition Program

Instrumental tuition lessons at BAC operate in term blocks, at a term fee of $315. Fees are invoiced and collected by the College finance office as per the due date expressed on the invoice. Enrolment from term to term and year to year is automatic. Lessons will cease upon the completion of an Un-enrolment Form (attached below) or if lesson fees are not paid by the due date expressed on the invoice.

If you wish to assess your child’s suitability for particular instruments, please contact our Head of Music, Miss Krysten Rowe on krowe@bac.qld.edu.au or enrol your child in instrumental tuition lessons by completing the enrolment form below and submitting it to the Administration Office Attention: K Rowe, Head of Music.

Ensembles

Ensembles at Students wishing to join an ensemble should see Miss Rowe or email her on krowe@bac.qld.edu.au as soon as possible. 

BAC ensembles often have opportunity to perform at a variety of school-based and community events including, but not limited to:

  • Weekly chapel programs 
  • Church services
  • Awards nights

  • Commitment Chapel
  • Curricular events: Junior MAD/Applaud
  • Music Extension Recital
  • Eisteddfods
  • Assemblies

2019 ensembles include:

1. PRIMARY STRING ENSEMBLE

Rehearsals: 7.30am to 8.40am, Wednesday

Location: Secondary Music Room 

Audition: Any student playing an instrument from the string family (violin, viola, cello, double base) is invited to audition. Lessons with a BAC string teacher may take the place of a formal audition.

2. PRIMARY CHOIR

Rehearsals: Weekday lunchtimes

Location: Primary Music Room

Audition: Any student who loves to sing!

3. SECONDARY STRONG ENSEMBLE

Rehearsals: 7.30am to 8.30am, Thursday

Location: Secondary Music Room 

Audition: Any student playing an instrument from the string family (violin, viola, cello, double base) is invited to audition. Lessons with a BAC string teacher may take the place of a formal audition.

4. SECONDARY CELTIC ENSEMBLE

Rehearsals: 8:30am, Thursday 

Location: Secondary Music Room 

Audition: Any interested student playing string instruments, guitar, bass, percussion. Sight reading not essential.

5. SECONDARY PRAISE & WORSHIP BAND

Rehearsals: weekday lunchtimes as per roster 

Location:  Secondary Music Room in the Student Centre

Audition: Any Secondary student interested in serving God through praise and worship (instrument or voice)

Eisteddfod Competitions

BAC music students annually compete in the QUOTA International Beenleigh Eisteddfod. In 2015, BAC students entered in 27 events with outstanding results of 12 first places, 12 second places and 5 third places collectively.

Students are entered in large and small ensembles and individual events at the discretion of the Music Department staff.

Musical Productions

BAC has a strong tradition of excellence in the area of musical productions. Alternating between the primary and secondary campuses each year, students have the opportunity to be involved in several productions across their BAC experience. Students can be involved as lead roles, chorus roles, backstage crew, hair and make-up, choreography and more.

Primary Musical Productions

  • 2018: Happily Forever After
  • 2017: Getting To Know… The King and I (cross campus)
  • 2014: We Like Sheep
  • 2011: It’s Cool in the Furnace
  • 2009: Holy Moses
  • 2007: An Esther-ordinary Faith

Secondary Musical Productions

  • 2017: Getting To Know… The King and I (cross campus) 
  • 2015: Fiddler On The Roof Jr
  • 2013: For Such A Time As This… An Esther Story
  • 2010: High School Musical
  • 2008: The Scarlett Pimpernel

Drama

In our fast paced world, creativity and self-confidence are key! Drama not only provides in-depth learning experiences in many areas of the dramatic arts, but it also offers challenges in personal growth. Students who take this subject grow in confidence, learn to work in teams and expand their creative abilities in tasks that are skill-based, interesting and related to their world. 

In drama, students are exposed to a variety of challenging issues, which they explore while developing their acting skills and an understanding of dramatic styles, both historical and contemporary. Self-confidence and team work are nurtured as each individual is introduced to the power of performance.

The College provides various opportunities for students to express themselves in dramatic and/or musical contexts, including weekly chapel services, Week of Worship, church services, assemblies, curricular events such as Junior MAD Night (Music & Drama) and Applaud, and the yearly school musical, which generally alternates between Primary and Secondary.