MLC has a deserved reputation for excellence in Music.
Music is an integral part of the core curriculum in Junior School at Methodist Ladies' College.
In Middle School, students may choose the direction of their musical experiences, and in Senior School, they can study Music as part of the VCE or VCE VET course.
At all levels, students may take extra-curricular private lessons, and play or sing in MLC's many co-curricular (link to co-curricular music) ensembles.
Year 9 Music Performance
This is a course that is open to students in Year 9 who already play a musical instrument or sing and who would enjoy the opportunity to join with other students and develop those skills further. Students perform in their preferred styles and learn how to conquer those performance jitters and really get the most out of their music making. Classes include rehearsal times and there are opportunities to be creative and to work in groups.
Year 9 Music Industry
This course is open to any student who enjoys performing and creating music, particularly with an emphasis on contemporary sounds. This course is an excellent introduction to the type of skills and knowledge students could eventually take into VET Music in Year 10 or Year 11. Some key areas of study could be Composition, Sound Tracks, Studio Recording and, Improvisation and Performance.
Year 10 Sound Design and Film Music
Students delve into the amazing world of the movie soundtracks and explore the roles of all the key players in preparing a soundtrack, including the composer, sound designer, musicians and foley artists. Students use a variety of media to create their own soundtracks, featuring live components such as voice overdubs, special effects and live musical performances, as well as digital sound and computer aided composition and mixing.
Year 10 Music Performance
This course is open to students who enjoy performing, whether singing or playing an instrument. It is ideal for those students whose skills are developing and who would enjoy the opportunity to join with other students and develop their skills further. The course is applicable to any style of music and has a strong performance focus which includes planning and presenting an evening concert. The course is also an excellent preparation for VCE Music studies.
VCE Music Performance, Units 1-4
This course offers students opportunities to engage in the practices of performing, creating and studying music that are representative of diverse genres, styles and cultures. Students develop knowledge of stylistic, aesthetic and expressive qualities and characteristics of music as well as their ability to communicate through music making, performing, composing, arranging and/or improvising music. Music literacy skills are developed through aural perception, music theory, language and analysis.
VET Music (Units 1-4)
VET Music offers students opportunities to engage in the practices of performing, creating and studying music as part of a Certificate III in Music. Special features of the course are the enhancement of skills development, the development of a practical application of industry knowledge and developing awareness of increased employment opportunities and marketability. Students devise their own performance program.
James Tatoulis Auditorium
The James Tatoulis Auditorium is located within the Music Department at MLC, 207 Barkers Road, Kew. The venue offers exceptional facilities for many music performance styles, as well as suiting corporate events, lectures, conferences and community meetings.
Located adjacent to the James Tatoulis Auditorium, this smaller recital hall offers excellent facilities with a flexible seating capacity of up to 150. Seating is on stepped risers, which are moveable if a flat floor is required.
Henk Van Ernst Room
This room is ideal for workshops, master classes, rehearsals and lectures. It is carpeted, light and airy, and offers flexible use for up to 50 people. The room has a grand piano, whiteboard, overhead projector and screen and sound system for ipod and CD replay. Music stands and chairs are available and the room can be set to clients' individual needs.
Explore all Performance Spaces
MLC students can complement their musical education with a wide range of Co-Curricular activities to participate in, including bands, orchestras, choirs and private tuition.