The Arts - Music & Music Extension


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Imagine ~ Create ~ Inspire.

Aldridge Music provides modern musicians a chance to imagine, create and inspire. Our program is passionate about developing performance skills and building upon theoretical knowledge for all future pathways. Our student's learn from Industry Professionals and over the past 10 years, have created direct links with Queensland Music Universities. 


Aldridge students are provided with the opportunity to study Music as either a Core or Extension offering. Our musicians partake in a minimum of 55 minutes each day. Curriculum music classes are part of ATAR and QCE Assessment and from junior to senior develops skills in Performance, Composition and Musicology as it’s three focus dimensions.

As an extra curricular offering, students may also participate in Instrumental music which includes Concert band, Strings, Piano, Vocals and Guitar tuition. The entire program is designed to encourage the enjoyment and pursuit of excellence in music, performance and engagement. 

At Aldridge

  • Year 7 Core Music
  • Year 7-8 Extension Music
  • Year 9 Music
  • Year 10 Music Extension
  • Year 11 ATAR Music
  • Year 12 ATAR Music
  • Year 7-12 Instrumental Music 

Why study Music/Music Extension?

The music program focuses on our school vision - “engaged students, working with expert and accountable staff in a calm, ordered and caring environment". To support individual needs and performance opportunities, our engaged students work with five of the most passionate teachers in the Australia. From beginner to industry professional, Aldridge Music is the only choice for music in the Wide Bay. Music can be studied all YEAR LONG and is the only junior elective with this opportunity. 

Facilities, equipment and software

Our tuition and program is delivered across the entire week by a number of specialist musicians and coaches. Their experience and expertise truly compliment any individual student’s goals. From performing for the first time in a band (live or virtual), presenting a public solo, sitting an AMEB exam or audition, ATAR curriculum assistance, releasing an EP or looking at a career pathway in the creative industry...MUSIC at Aldridge is for you!

We currently have two recording studio rooms, a small music auditorium, Brolga Theatre stage access for our large productions and over $ 30,000 invested into regular music coaches who visit from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 

Units of study

Year 7 and 8

1.Semester 1 Aussie Rock and Pop

Learn a rock instrument and perform for either a live or virtual audience!

Musicology - Study of Aussie Music.


Semester 2

Songwriting and Recording

Pro tools, Musescore and Garage Band and the latest in recording software as you create your original hit!

 Year 9

1.Semester 1 Musicals and Productions

Learn a solo/group piece and Perform for either a live or virtual audience!

Musicology- Study of Stage and Screen.

2.Semester 2 Baroque to Now

Musicology - In-depth study of the "old stuff" and how it has evolved into the “new stuff”. Baroque to Bieber, Pachelbel’s Canon to Post Malone. A modern and very creative way for young musicians to improve all aspects of composition, performance and Musicology.

 Year 10 - Pre Senior

1.Semester 1 Jazz and Designs

Students make and respond to music as they explore music jazz elements and concepts to gain greater familiarity with the way music is organised (designed). Students engage with a variety of styles and genres, and develop musicianship through their understanding and use of music elements and concepts. Students develop a greater awareness of the stylistic consideration of improvised performance.

2.Semester 2 Media Music

Recognise a movie theme to Analyse under the elements of Music. Apply your understanding in an organised digital video with your deconstruction of the emotions, character and atmosphere expressed in the music. Pre-senior project with performance piece from film or gaming music.

 Year 11 and 12

Year 11


How does the treatment and combination of different music elements enable musicians to design music that communicates meaning through performance and composition?


How do musicians use their understanding of music elements, concepts and practices to communicate cultural, political, social and personal identities when performing, composing and responding to music?

Year 12


How do musicians incorporate innovative music practices to communicate meaning when performing and composing?


How do musicians manipulate music elements to communicate narratives when performing, composing and responding to music?

Semester 1 Design

Year 11



Semester 3 Innovation

Year 12

Composition (20%)

Duration: approximately 15 hours, in both class time and student's own time.

Length: 1 MINUTE

Statement of compositional intent: written 200–400 words, or filmed oral or audio explanation, 1–2 minutes explaining the use of music elements and compositional devices in shaping the purpose and execution of the composition.

Semester 2 Identities

Year 11


Semester 4 Narratives

Year 12

Integrated Project (35%)

(OPTIONAL Musicology with a performance OR Musicology with a Composition)

The project is a coherent work consisting of two integrated components presented as a single item.

It will include:

  • musicology and 
  • either composition or performance.
  • Duration: approximately 25 hours, in both class time and student's own time.

Mode - live or virtual presentation, 6 - 10 minutes OR digital presentation (e.g. digital book, slide show); 10- 15 digital pages/slides.

Semester 1 Design

Year 11


Semester 3 Innovation

Year 12

Performance (20%)

Duration: approximately 15 hours, in both class time and student's own time. Students must be given continuous class time to develop the performance.

Length: approximately 2–3 minutes

Performance statement: written 200 words, or filmed oral or audio explanation, 1–2 minutes explaining



Music is a General subject suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond school that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education or work. A course of study in Music can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of arts administration, communication, education, creative industries, public relations and science and technology.

The demand for creativity from employees is rising in a world of rapid technological change. As more organisations value work-related creativity and diversity, the processes and practices of Music develop transferable 21st century skills essential for many areas of employment. Specifically, the study of Music helps develop creative and critical thinking, collaboration, ICT skills, social/personal skills and communication - all of which is sought after in modern workplaces.

Tertiary studies, vocational education or work experience in the area of music can lead to and benefit careers in diverse fields such as:

  • arts administration and management, e.g. artist manager, arts administrator, booking agent, copyright/royalties manager, music accountant, orchestra manager, production music manager, record producer, studio manager, tour manager, venue manager.
  • communication, e.g. music copyist, music editor, music librarian, print music manager, sound archivist.
  • education, e.g. arts educator, instrumental teacher, studio teacher, university music academic.
  • creative industries, e.g. backing musician, composer, conductor, creative entrepreneur, instrument repairer, music director, performer, presenter, recording engineer, repetiteur, stage manager.
  • public relations, e.g. creative director, music lawyer, music merchandiser.
  • science and technology, e.g. music therapist, music video clip director, new media artist, producer, programmer, sound designer.


Mr Hodgkinson has been a part of Aldridge High since 2009 and is known as “Hodgo”. 

He is particularly gifted in bringing people (staff, parents and students) together to achieve. His ability to engage, motivate, challenge and enhance student learning supports the observation that in this case vocation and “calling” are in complete alignment. This passion has seen him be awarded Fraser Coast Educator of the Year in 2019 and his love for Music becomes infectious from Year 7 until graduation!

Last reviewed 08 April 2022
Last updated 08 April 2022