The Music program at Dickson College is a vibrant and contemporary program which appeals to students with interests in a wide variety of musical styles. The college offers four discrete streams in Music: Jazz, Classical, Contemporary and Music Industry. There is a variety of Tertiary (T) and Accredited (A) Music units, allowing students to complete a minor, major, major/minor or double major in this course.
In all T/A units, students practise and present for performance, compose music and study significant works by major composers from the period. Students working in the Jazz stream practise and perform in jazz combos and in a big band. Students in the Classical stream practise and perform in solos and chamber ensembles while those in the Contemporary streams practise and perform in small rock groups.
Music Industry is a C course which is a nationally recognised vocational program giving students a Certificate II in Music Industry. The units are designed to develop competencies in the Music Industry and to give access to future employment opportunities in this field.
Work placements are available in a variety of Music Industry businesses. Students learn or further develop their skills on an instrument, work in bands, learn how to mix sound for performances, compose songs using live instruments and/or computers and study recording techniques and studio engineering.
There are excellent facilities for practice, including industry standard PA equipment, microphones, amps and instruments.
Students have the opportunity to study Tertiary Music at the ANU School of Music as a part of their Dickson College program as well as interface with CIT for the Music Industry course.