Creative Arts

College Music Program News

Opportunities for Gifted and High Potential Music Students
As previously communicated, the College is establishing two new programs targeting our high number of Gifted and High Potential Music students commencing Term 2, 2021, each Wednesday afternoon from 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm.

These classes will take the form of a Theory/Musicianship class catering for all levels, and a Performance Workshop Masterclass series available to students who have attained a minimum of Grade 3 A.M.E.B/Trinity, or equivalent, providing them with the opportunity to perform for an exciting roster of musicians to receive individual and detailed feedback on their performance practice.

To express your interest please complete the form via the QR code below:

Instrumental Lessons
Here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, we embrace proven research that shows a clear correlation between the engagement in learning and playing a musical instrument, and brain development in young people – even from as early as infanthood.

The skills students develop when involved in music education, and the learning of an instrument, include communication, insight into others, cooperation and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas. As you know, such skills are imperatives to enhance lifelong learning and are integral in preparing your child for the real world – regardless of their future career endeavours.

I would like to take this opportunity to again share this clip with parents and caregivers.

Instrumental lessons are now available on campus before, during and after College hours. The College proudly boasts some of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s most talented and experienced instrumental staff. To enquire about lesson availability fees etc, please go to CALEB – Co-Curricular – Instrumental Music Lesson. Here you can follow the links to contact Instrumental staff directly. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Ross rossg@btac.nsw.edu.au.

Instrumental Teacher Profile – New Staff

Introducing Mrs Caroline Hill

“My musical experience has spanned 50 years, coming from a family where making music was a part of everyday life and teaching is a calling.”

Singing since she could talk, along with her father and his guitar, Caroline developed a natural sense of pitch and harmony. Joining her first choir at age 6, she continued to perform in choirs and smaller ensembles throughout her school years and into adulthood, being noted as a harmony specialist. A chance discussion with a very experienced choir member led her to embark on a journey, which continues today.

Undertaking singing lessons as an adult, she found learning solo repertoire a challenge and a joy. It also reconnected her with the piano skills she learned as a teenager. Over the course of the next 7 years, Caroline undertook singing exams with Trinity College London. After achieving a Distinction in Grade 8, she subsequently completed her Performer’s Certificate followed by her Associate Diploma (ATCL) in December 1999. She has been teaching since that time, with students achieving excellent exam results, from Preliminary Grade right up to Diploma level and also guiding many students to outstanding HSC results. Caroline has recently graduated from the University of Newcastle, achieving a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, with Distinction, and has plans to undertake further study to expand on her research into the transitioning adolescent male voice.

Caroline has been exposed to many styles of vocal music and during her studies developed a passion for musical theatre. She has performed in many productions in Newcastle and Maitland over the past 20 years as both an ensemble member and Principal. Shows include: Hello Dolly; many Gilbert & Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Gondoliers, Patience, Ruddigore, Trial by Jury); His Majesty’s Pleasure; Children of Eden; A Little Night Music; Witches of Eastwick; Wonderful Town; and, most recently, Chess at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle. She is enjoying the Musical Theatre syllabus offered by the A.M.E.B and looks forward to sharing her passion with students from all over the Lower Hunter. She is also a member of the highly regarded Newcastle University Choir, enjoying the varied repertoire and high standard asked of the choir by their Director, Dr Christopher Allan. This year Caroline will also take up the role of Musical Director of an adult choir based at Soldiers Point, Port Harmony, and looks forward to a new challenge.

While 2020 posed many problems for us all, Caroline continued to teach singing right through lockdown by using her technical ability to switch to online learning immediately the threat became apparent.

She has also taken on a role in the Music Teacher’s Association NSW – Newcastle Branch committee, and will now tackle the role of Treasurer for 2021.

To enquire about vocal lessons for your child with Caroline here at the College please email: HillC@btac.nsw.edu.au

Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance