Performing Arts is one of the fastest-growing departments at GCC and facilities include: a 130-seat theatre, dance and drama studios in our new Performing Arts Centre and the crowning glory of this centre is currently being constructed and will house a spectacular 600-seat multi-purpose Performing Arts Theatre.
In Primary school, the Dalcroze approach to music education is used. Dalcroze is a method of teaching music through movements. This approach takes practical experience as its starting point, most often beginning with an activity in which students feel the movements of their body while hearing the music. Primary students learn to play percussion, ukulele, recorders, guitars and much more. Several studies have shown that music education at an early age stimulates the child’s brain in a number of ways, helping to improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills.
The following instrumental music programs and co-curricular ensembles are offered:
- Little Voices – Lower Primary Choir
- Sing and Shout – Upper Primary Choir
- Primary Concert Band – Year 5 and 6 students who learn band instruments
- Primary String Ensemble – Year 4, 5 and 6 students who learn string instruments
Students in Secondary school are exposed to a variety of musical opportunities. Year 7 & 8 students complete one term of music, with Year 7 experiencing keyboard and Year 8 participating in a guitar program. Students from Year 9 have the opportunity to choose to continue with Music as an elective subject where they can explore music on their own chosen instrument. Throughout Middle and Senior school, students are exposed to many genres and explore many periods of music throughout history. Students are encouraged to enrol in instrumental music lessons with a private tutor, however, it is not compulsory for classroom Music.
More information can be found in our Instrumental Music Program Handbook.
"Music is for everybody, and like many of the other marvels of humanity, needs to be inculcated as early as possible. This is not some kind of ‘high culture’ limited to the privileged, but a treasure chest which can and must be made available and accessible to enrich every life." (Rattle, 1998)
Dance is part of the Australian Curriculum and offers huge potential for developing healthy and stimulating experiences for our students. Our Primary, Middle and Senior School Dance troupes achieve excellent results in competitions and are making a name for themselves far and wide.
Students have many opportunities to show off their talents at competitions, community events, the College Musical, Open Day, Legacy Cup Talent Contests and our famous Shine on the Arts Night.
The GCC Dance Academy is run by both the GCC dance teacher and other professional dance teachers.
“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.” (Paul Ostergard)
Drama empowers imagination, encourages empathy and cooperation, increases memory, and cultivates art appreciation and communication skills. It is a perfect emotional outlet for students and provides a comfortable environment for their personal expression. Drama is an invaluable subject for building confidence, boosting social skills and strengthening physical abilities.
Due to demand, we also offer Drama classes externally through our Arts Academy.