Irene Mccormack Catholic College, Western Australia

Irene McCormack Catholic College (IMCC) is a co-educational school catering for over 900 Year 7 to 12 students in the Northern Coastal suburbs of Perth. The Music Department has expanded rapidly since the opening of the College in 2001. In addition to curricular music in all years, the Music Department also has an extensive extra-curricular program including instrumental lessons, Swing Band, Jazz Ensemble, 2108 Singers, Barbershop Vocal Group, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Rock Bands in each year group, and a set of DJ Turntables. The department’s facilities include two classrooms, practice rooms, and a recording studio.

IMCC first began experimenting with the Musical Futures approach in 2008, and it is now at the core of all music classes (general and specialist) from Year 7 through to Year 10 (in Upper School we offer University Entrance Music and Vocational Education Training Music). As a result, IMCC has a vibrant music program, with students at the centre. Classes focus on music that our students can relate to and that they are interested in learning. Therefore, the focus of our programs is largely practical; ‘making music’. Theoretical concepts are taught wherever possible ‘in practice’. The Music Department is also open before and after school, and at recess and lunch, for students to come in to practice, jam, or just hang out. The music rooms have become a ‘safe’ place for students to experiment and explore in their own time.