The College offers a Music Academy that embraces students’ passion and commitment to extend their skills in Music. Students in the Music Academy have the desire and commitment to improving in all aspects of their musicality, developing their music theory and performance and ensemble skills to excel within the music industry. They represent Ashdale Secondary College with pride and are positive ambassadors for the Academy and the College.

We aim to provide an avenue for your child to achieve excellence in all areas of Music, including written, composition and performance, with a focus on their chosen instrument or voice. Students within the Academy will have two sessions of class music each week, a weekly instrument/voice lesson through IMSS (Instrumental Music School Services) or their private tutor, and will participate in at least one school ensemble suitable for their
instrument/voice.

The focus of the Music Academy is not only on performance skills but the development of social and interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and the sense of belonging to the Ashdale Community. Throughout the program, students will have numerous performance opportunities, including school services and assemblies, lunchtime concerts, mid-year and end of year concerts, community performances and external competitions and adjudicated festivals.

If students continue into Senior School, they will complete the nationally recognised qualification of a Certificate II in Music Industry (Year 11 and 12 – 2 years) with a focus on Performance.

All students enrolled in the College’s Music Academy will be required to learn an instrument or voice, either privately or through the school. Instrumental and voice lessons are run in conjunction with ASC Music Department and Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS).

To be a successful music student and to have a successful music department in the school, a high level of commitment and dedication is required by all music students.

Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS)

The Department of Education’s instrumental music school services over 400 primary and secondary Western Australian public schools. IMSS provides consultancy, instrumental instruction and ensemble direction, staffing allocation and management, an instrumental loan, maintenance and repair service, a resource centre and varied enrichment activities for students.

Music is one of the five art forms within the arts learning area. It contributes to both the overarching outcomes and the four arts-specific outcomes of the curriculum framework, and the specialised study of instrumental music further enhances student learning in music.

IMSS provides instrumental music services to more than 450 public primary and secondary schools, reaching more than 15,000 students from Years 3 to 12. In addition to weekly small group instrumental lessons, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment music activities that combine students working collaboratively across year levels and with students from other schools.

Not all instruments are offered in all schools, school regions and networks.

For detailed information, please download our Music Academy Brochure.