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Excellence Discipline: Performing Arts Excellence - Music

Marsden State High School is well known within the community for its highly talented Performing Arts students. The aim of the Music Excellence Program is to provide students with an opportunity to learn from professionals from within the industry whilst being exposed to a variety of creative, management and performance opportunities. The range of experiences on offer not only improve the skills of the young musicians at Marsden, but also provides them with a forum to investigate with real world career opportunities in the Music Industry.

Superior Opportunities

Music Excellence curriculum classes are offered to students from years 7-12. These are auditioned classes working on a specialised work program. Provided j​unior students maintain the high-level expectations of the program, they will be offered a place in the Senior Excellence classes to study a Certificate III in Music Industry – this is a real qualification that can be used to gain employment or a position in tertiary studies. 

It is compulsory for students in Music Excellence to participate in at least one music ensemble/program on offer at Marsden SHS. These classes/ensembles are directed by specialist teachers to ensure we maintain high standards across the department. 
These ensemble include:
  • ​Elite Band
  • Elite Vocals
  • Core Band
  • Core Choir
  • Drumline
  • String Ensemble
  • Concert Band
Lessons are also offered on Woodwind & Brass, Strings, Percussion and Guitar.

These ensembles compete at a large range of eisteddfods and competitions like the AUSACA National Acapella Competition and local competitions like the Beenleigh, Gold Coast and Ipswich Eisteddfods.

Community Engagement

Our students are provided with opportunities to perform at a variety of events across Brisbane and Logan. Through our partnership with Music Express Mt Gravatt, our Music Excellence students have access to industry standard equipment to encourage and support creativity and prepare them for a future music career pathway.

Pride, Passion, Persistence and Pathway Development

Within Music Excellence, students develop pride, passion and persistence in both their music and other aspects of school and life. Upon finishing school with a Certificate III in Music Industry, students graduating from the Music Excellence Program will be in good stead to enter tertiary music degrees in fields such as Music Technology, Sound Production, Popular Music, Music Performance and Music Education.​