The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Performing Arts

Life in the Performing Arts at Scotch is never dull, boring or quiet. Most music lessons have recommenced for the year, music ensemble rehearsals are underway, drama students have already been on several excursions to Perth Festival shows, production rehearsals for the musical are ticking along at a pace of three per week and the pipes and drums continue to gather every morning before school for group rehearsals.

I am often asked by parents about practise. Practise in the performing arts is essential to any kind of growth. Practise must be regular and deliberate. Practise for any musician or dramatic artist should be measured not in terms of time, but in terms of progress toward an identified goal and the emotional energy expended in getting there. When practising, students (and parents) should not be clock watching, rather they should be working toward achieving that goal. For some, the set goal may be achieved in very short time, and that's fine. For some, the set goal may take much longer to achieve. Sometimes, physical and emotional exhaustion will be the determination for the close of a practise time.

Teachers are always available to help students with how they should structure a practise session. Over the coming weeks, I will run some workshops with boys who are interested in how a practise session should be structured.


Congratulations to 2017 graduate Ebun Daramola who was successful in his audition for the James Morrison Academy of Music and will take up a place in the Bachelor of Music course. Ebun will move to Mount Gambier (South Australia) to study at JMA - a partnership between James Morrison and the University of South Australia.

Mr Scott Loveday
Head of Performing Arts