Tamborine Mountain College recognises the value of The Arts in helping students to develop perseverance and self-discipline, enhance their ability to think creatively and analytically, and provide an outlet for emotional expression. Students are able to participate in Drama, Music and Visual Art and have many opportunities throughout the year to showcase their Arts talents at school and external events, most notably at TMC’s Got Talent in Term 1 and the annual Arts Night in Term 3.
Tamborine Mountain College values drama as a critical tool in helping students to gain confidence in communication, creativity and presentation; hone their ability to work both individually and as part of a team; and connect with cultures, traditions and audiences. All students in Year 7-10 study Drama, participating in performances, scriptwriting, directing tasks and analytical essays. Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to choose Drama as an elective and may also audition for the Drama Excellence Program.
The Drama Excellence Program is open to senior students who wish to advance their skills in drama and performance. The program is designed to provide a diverse range of drama experiences through the exploration of various theatre forms and styles. Each Friday students work intensively with teachers to develop a performance outcome for live audiences in Term 4. Past performances include Man the Balloon (2016) and Cluedo – Murder in the Manor (2015).
The College offers a range of activities for students to engage in as a performer or an audience member during the year. At the annual Arts Night in Term 3, students in years 7 – 10 have the choice to perform as roving entertainers before the year 12 Drama students present their Brechtian One Person Shows.
We are pleased to introduce the Year 4 Curricular Band Program, commencing in 2017. Instead of taking general music classes, all Year 4 students will learn a band instrument. There is no better way to study music than to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble! (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng for a short clip on how learning to play an instrument, as opposed to just listening to music, actually enhances your brain function). Each child will receive free instrument hire and free weekly tuition in small groups for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric bass or percussion. Students begin lessons in small groups in Term 1 and form the Year 4 Band in Term 3 (see the Year 4 Curricular Band Program Handbook for all details).
Students in Year 5 to 12 who have purchased their own instrument also receive free weekly tuition as part of our Instrumental Music Program (one half hour lesson per week in small groups, scheduled during class time). Students are placed in the Junior Band or Senior Band according to ability. Students may also be invited to participate in small chamber ensembles including flute trio, percussion ensemble and brass quartet. Our students learn a wide variety of music and perform regularly at school events and in the community (see the Year 5-12 Instrumental Music Program Handbook for all details). In addition, a guitar and piano specialist comes in once a week offering students individual or small group lessons for a weekly fee.
Students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 5 to 6 attend general Music lessons each week. Primary students in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to participate in Primary Choir. Students in Prep to Year 2 have the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime singing club. Secondary students are invited to audition for the Vocal Group. This group performs a mix of a cappella and accompanied tunes in 3 to 6-part harmony.
At Tamborine Mountain College learning in the Visual Arts involves students making and responding to artworks, drawing on their world as a source of ideas. Students engage with the knowledge of visual arts, develop skills, techniques and processes, and use materials as they explore a range of forms, styles and contexts.
Students are actively engaged in the Visual Arts program from their early years of schooling and into secondary. Highlights of the Visual Art program include the annual Arts Night where student artwork is exhibited, inclusion in multiple external exhibitions and competitions, participation in extracurricular art activities including lunch-time art clubs, excursions to regional and metropolitan galleries as well as, in their Senior years, the opportunity to exhibit their artwork on the Gold Coast.