Greetings all - I have too much spare time on my hands and have decided to shift some of it to my arms, shoulders and head, but what is left will be written - you may remember the yearbook article attempt i wrote before an anonemous person scribbled a few lines (90%) of it out in PEN so i couldnt erase it. The first 2 paragraphs are a little bland but the humour is definatly there.
Extension Music 2009
If you can read this with a straight face – You deserve a sticker
Craigslea State High School is renowned for its music program. Apart from the obvious and more well known instrumental program, classroom music is also a main fundamental of this great reputation which exists in this community. Students may study music from year 8 up until year 12, and exceptional students with great talent and a lot of hard work may get an invitation into extension music.
Extension music is studied in addition to classroom music, and requires a whole new range and prospect of music. Typically students choose an instrument to specialize in, however a few students have focused on composing. Extension is a cut above the norm, and the talent and hard work with which the students express is out of this world.
Students in music have an exceptional ability to not just play the right notes in music, but in knowing the music, feeling the emotion and living the style. Students in extension music show a great understanding of musical elements, and master the skills and techniques to bring out the best in a song and perform it exceptionally. The music ideas are displayed imaginatively, demonstrating a synthesised understanding of context and style and the conventions of the specialisation. In English, this means that these students choose the instrument which they can perform at their very best, and they play it well.
The extension music calendar runs in parallel to the classroom music assessment plan. Extension students have the same amount of assessment items in classroom music as those who do not do extension, and they have a lot of much harder assessment in extension music.
By the end of the year, all performers in extension music must have on film nearly 20 minutes of their best performances throughout the year on their specialized instrument, as well as having completed a 1,500 word essay, or an 8 minute speech to show their understanding of music.
So what does extension have to offer the classic music student? Extension concerts are held nearly once a term, and are not only cheaper than going to watch a movie, but also much longer. No need for sleeping pills however, as the concerts are well worth watching, and with the great variety which performs each outing, there is something for everyone. The concerts are of a very high standard, and are filmed so participants not only have the experience of performing in front of hundreds, but can also take home a DVD after the concert to see how they presented themselves.
Extension music takes place of a subject. By the rules, extension is a standard subject, and to start studying it you need to be in year 12, have done year 11 music and be doing year 12 music, and you need to replace another subject which you are studying in order to do it. But rules are meant to be broken, and a small number of students (student) refused to drop a subject and studied seven year 12 OP subjects just for the sake of it. After he was chased down and caught, he dropped a subject and the hitmen sent after him were called back and their mission aborted.
Extension music, unlike most subjects, only have one lesson a week, which runs during the usual spare for year 11s and 12s (Sport, or go to Chermside) and hence taking this subject by dropping another subject provides the student with 3 spare lessons with which students can spend time on homework or assignments. Either that or the student is free to go down to the music block and practice, work or at least look like doing work for the spare period.
This year in extension music, thirteen students made music play through them. While they weren’t being stereo’s, they were just ordinary students with a passion for music and a love for chocolate. Besides there being no relevance to the two statistics mentioned in the previous sentence, a survey of the students brought out at least one of these facts, and despite the Cadbury winning, the extension music program this year was boasted like no other. Apart from last year.
While the class size was a lot bigger, the need for rehearsal time was in dire need. Under-rehearsing and turning up at performances straight after a trip from the sandy beaches of the sunshine coast all seemed to work out alright on the day of the concert. There were three concerts in the extension music calendar this year, all during the day, starting at 7pm and going nearly until dawn the next day.
Music is a great relaxing agent. Apply once a day and you have a very relaxed feeling – this helps more if you were relaxed beforehand, as it may not be “relaxing” as such, but it won’t unsettle you once relaxed. The passion brought out by the performers in extension music is just absolutely unreal. As quoted from In Tune with Music page 182, “Study the music of Pilgrims Chorus opposite and do the following”.
Even if you are not interested in participating in extension music, it is a very good spectator sport. Going to the concerts is cheap (free tickets with every gold coin donation) and the signs on the doors will tell you that it’s an extension concert, and trust me – with the amount of sticky tape that SOMEONE used, no amount of wind is going to blow it off.
Going to an extension concert is a great way to support you child, someone else’s child or someone who you are just longing to adopt as your own. This year especially, there was a compare who makes it all up as he goes and made only a tiny amount of several large errors. It is impossible to know exactly what you expect. Bill Ding was a composer featured on our extension music night, to show that music is not always serious and boring.
On any day that ends in ‘y’, make sure that all extension performance dates are on your calendar on your phone, in your house, and in the houses of everyone else in your neighbourhood. Whilst the Auditorium seats 200 people comfortably, another 100 people could sit outside, or at the sacrifice for comfort for seating, the Hall might be available for hire.
The concerts are really inspirational, and the performances crisp. There really isn’t a better way to describe it – they are fabulous concerts to go to, and there simply is no better way to spend 6 hours of a night. If you wanted to spend more time with these sensations, you could help the 1 or 2 students who didn’t go home as soon as they can to avoid packing up, to take the gear back down to the music block – or at least shove everything to the side.
A main feature of our extension students this year was the amount that selected vocals as their specialist instrument. Those who swore under their breath, or at the top of their lungs when they played a wrong note, finished a song, or just while having a general conversation in the Ghetto, were excluded somewhat from the vocal specialist classification. While the majority of vocalists were male singers (2) there were a few feminine voices (3).
The guitar was a very popular choice for extension music also. As the music block has over twenty guitars, it’s not surprising that people happen to see one and want to learn. However, most people prefer learning on a guitar with 6 strings, as drivers occasionally prefer to drive a car with brakes, so unfortunately half to 90% of the school guitars are solemnly overlooked.
But if that had an impact on the talent of the guitarists, then it didn’t show more than seven times this year. The guitarists played with great technique and superb flare and really rocked the auditorium. From classical to rock to…classical again, there is simply endless variety which was performed by our guitarists.
If you see an extension student with only one sock on, the worst thing to do is criticise. The wearing of a sock is not compulsory, and while you may think you know what the story is you may not. One experience I had with a young man when I saw him with one sock on, I asked him. “Mate you’ve only got one sock on.” He looked at his lone sock “Yeah that’s right” So I put the question forward “Did you lose one?” And he explained “Nah mate – I found one.”
If we were to look at this subject from an academic student’s point of view, who mightn’t choose music even if they are talented enough because they are afraid it might affect their OP score, I will have you know that an A+ in extension music is a very handy boost for any OP score. It rates to just above an A- in physics. So choose the subject whether you are talented or not, not if you want a good OP, because not only does extension give out handy OP boosts, but it gives you 210 extra minutes a week to study for those other hard OP biggy subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Maths C and of course Fishing.
Now not many subjects are taught without a single teacher. But music is one of them. Two very crafty teachers have been taking music for at least the last 12 months, and are both very nice people even outside of the classroom. Tolerant is an understatement of what has been thrown at them by extension students in the past. The amount of pranks, jokes, gimmicks (and any other words that mean the same thing) is so large that if we were to make a list of it the length of this document would double. These know how to teach every species of animal except roosters, lions and crabs.
So sure, or unsure about extension music – it is best giving it a go. Do not take this for granted, as this subject will not be around any longer unless people show interest in the subject. Show good intent, and you shall receive good intent. So enjoy the read, enjoy the music and do the subject. If not just pay to come to our concerts!
and Extension Student
Lord Zambia 12:49, September 28, 2010 (UTC)