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Asquith Boys High School

Asquith Boys High School

Exceptional Learning Opportunities for Boys

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2014 - Year 7 - Musical Instruments Project





2013 - Year 7 - Musical Instruments Project


Learning a musical instrument can help your son improve his academic performance. This is confirmed by research in the USA that found that children who learn a musical instrument score significantly higher in standardized literacy and numeracy tests than those who did not. Musical activities provide important learning experiences which help to develop physical co-ordination, timing, memory, visual, aural and language skills as well as self discipline, mental concentration and self confidence.

Encore, ArtsNorth, AIM and Meet The Music as part of their musical development. Students are encouraged to develop their musical abilities for inclusion in the annual Variety show, held each year in Term 2. Variety includes a wide range of material from Jazz to Rock, Classic to African, Country to Pop and everything in between.

Our Stage Band master, Iain Howick, works regularly with patient dedication, developing the performing skills of the Stage Band, preparing them for participation at Festivals and events all around Sydney and the local community. Regular performances on school assemblies and at local primary schools helps to develop their performing skills. Band Scholarships are offered to Year 7 and Year 11 musicians and Music Scholarships are offered to Year 11/12. In 2010 our school celebrated 50 years with a Charity Concert with John & James Morrisson at Hornsby RSL which was a resounding success for the Flying Doctors Association.

Asquith Boys High School has a wonderful musical culture centred on performance and composition; from instrument projects in Yr 7 (refer slide show) to Band 6 performers in the HSC examination. In 2005 "The Cancellation" participated in "Youthrock" at Bankstown competing against 48 other bands and coming 5th in the State with their original quirky, contemporary compositions. These students now perform professionally as "Zeahorse" and their music can be downloaded via iTunes. In 2009 Music 2 and Extension were offered and completed. In 2010 "Stolen Signs" competed in the local "Rock the Block" band competition going through to the Final where they were highly acclaimed. Continuing with success, in 2011 "Usual Suspects" won the final of "Rock the Block" and went to the finals of the Emergenza band competition at the Metro. Jackson Besley was accepted into the Talend Development Project and performed several solo items in Schools Spectacular. He has been considered for Encore due to the excellence of his HSC examination performance. The Asquith community is thrilled and congratulate him on his achievement.

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