The Brighton Special Interest Music Centre was established in 1976 and is one of four Special Interest Music Schools in Adelaide.
Brighton Secondary School is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the strongest music programs in South Australia with many Old Scholars occupying prominent positions in Music Education and the Music industry.
All students at Brighton Secondary School are encouraged to enrol in Music as a subject in Year 8. This subject caters for students with no prior musical experience as well as continuing music students. Students with a passion and desire to study music more intensively can audition for the Special Interest Music Program. This program is also available for students outside the Brighton Secondary School zone.
Features of the Brighton Special Interest Music Centre
Choral and instrumental ensembles are at the core of music-making at Brighton Secondary School. The school provides a wide variety of ensemble experiences including orchestras, concert bands, big bands, performance choirs, small ensembles, chamber groups and percussion ensembles.
Recent ensemble experiences include:
- The Big Bands regularly competing in Generations in Jazz in Mount Gambier with students consistently achieving selection into the All-stars Superband
- The Concert Band winning the ABODA South Australian Band Festival back-to-back
- The Percussion Ensembles achieving a gold rating at the ABODA Band Festival
- The Symphony Orchestra consistently achieving a gold standard at the Australian International Music Festival
- Many of our ensembles perform as assisting artists at the Primary Schools’ Music Festival on an annual basis
- Brighton Secondary School’s choirs regularly placing highly at the Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod
- Involvement in ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies
- Involvement in Italian National Day celebrations
- Five international tours since 2008 to China, Malaysia and Europe
The school’s focus on critical and creative thinking is fostered in the Music Program. Students’ compositions are showcased annually at “New Music Night” as well as by our extra-curricular ensembles. A composition by a Year 10 student was the soundtrack for Brighton’s successful accreditation as an Apple Distinguished School in 2015. The Music Centre’s Computer Lab provides a first class facility for music technology that supports and extends student creativity in all areas of the curriculum.
Courses and Curriculum
The Brighton Special Interest Music Centre offers unique opportunities for the study of music at secondary level through specialised staffing and resources – one outcome being the consistent achievement of Merits for Stage 2 SACE subjects by Brighton Secondary School music students.
The following components form the basis of the music curriculum for all music students:
- Solo performance
- Musicianship studies
- Historical and analytical studies
- Music technology
- Instrumental tuition
- Ensemble performance
- Choral training
Special Interest Music
Successful applicants into the Special Interest Program will receive the following benefits:
- Right of entry into Brighton Secondary School from out of zone
- Reimbursement of tuition fees up to $450.00 per year for study of one instrument with a private teacher (conditions apply)
- The right to individual tuition with Instrumental Music teachers from Department for Education on the principal instrument (subject to negotiation with the Head of Music) and group tuition with Instrumental Music teachers from Department for Education on a second instrument
- The opportunity to study music with students who have similar interests and abilities