Performing Arts


Performance Excellence at BAC

We have a thriving curricula and co-curricular music and drama program at Brisbane Adventist College. Each year, Brisbane Adventist College musicians enter a variety of ensemble, small group and individual categories at the QUOTA Beenleigh International Eisteddfod, regularly achieving outstanding results.

Additional educational opportunities at BAC includes musical productions (please see details of past performances below). We believe that a disciplined study of music and drama is just as important as other academic fields. It not only enhances creativity, but also cultural participation, good study habits and memory skills. At BAC, we also utilise music and drama to add meaning to our relationship with our Creator God.


Drama Curriculum

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.


Music 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 while developing their audiation skills. Our program is primarily based on the Kodaly pedagogical method, incorporating elements of pedagogical practice from Suzuki, Dalcrose and Traditional methods as well.

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.


Instrumental Tuition Program

The Instrumental Tuition Program at BAC provides the opportunity for students to learn from expert teachers in Strings, Guitar, Keyboard/Piano and Woodwind instruments. Instrumental tuition lessons operate in term blocks with enrolment and withdrawal from the program being managed by The College. Fees are invoiced and collected by Instrumental Tuition Teachers directly. Enrolment from term to term and year to year is automatic. Lessons will cease upon the completion of a Withdrawal Form or in circumstances where School Fees are in arrears. 

If you wish to assess your child’s suitability for particular instruments, please contact our Head of Music, on music@bac.qld.edu.au or enrol your child in instrumental tuition lessons by completing the enrolment form below.


Ensembles

BAC ensembles provide the opportunity for both instrumentalists and vocalists to learn, rehearse and perform together in larger groups and in unique settings. BAC ensembles often have the opportunity to perform at a variety of school-based and community events including, but not limited to:

  • College Events
  • Weekly chapel programs
  • Church services
  • Curricular events: Junior MAD/Applaud
  • Music Extension Recital
  • Eisteddfods
  • Assemblies

Students wishing to join an ensemble should email music@bac.qld.edu.au to express interest.

BAC Ensembles include:


1. PRIMARY STRING ENSEMBLE

Rehearsals: 7:30am to 8:40am, Wednesday

Location: MPC Music Room

Audition: Any student playing an instrument from the string family (violin, viola, cello, double bass) 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 STRING ENSEMBLE

Rehearsals: 7:30am to 8:30am, Thursday

Location: MPC Music Room

Audition: Any student playing an instrument from the string family (violin, viola, cello, double bass) 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: MPC Music Room

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


5. SECONDARY CHOIR

Rehearsals: Thursday lunchtime

Location: MPC Music Room

Audition: Any student who loves to sing!


6. SECONDARY WORSHIP BAND

Rehearsals: weekday lunchtimes as per roster

Location: Chaplain's Office

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 and enjoy a tradition of success at this event. The College enters musicians in solo, small ensemble and large ensemble categories at the discretion of the Music Department staff. Student’s demonstrated commitment to consistent practice and attendance at rehearsals is considered in selecting students eligible to represent the College at the Eisteddfod.


Musical Productions

BAC has a strong tradition of excellence in relation to musical productions. Students have opportunity to be involved in several productions across their BAC experience from P-12. Students can be involved in 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

  • 2021: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
  • 2019: Narnia, The Musical
  • 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
  • 2006: Smithy
  • 2004: The King And I
  • 2000: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat