Tabla in the V.C.E System in Australia
Today, it is possible for tabla players to have their playing assessed and graded as part of their final high school exams, with the final grade contributing to their university entrance rank. Currently, the tabla is the only Indian instrument that has been accepted in Australia’s formal education system in this way.
This system was designed and implemented by the Melbourne Tabla School in 2009 and has since then guided many tabla players through V.C.E. music with tabla as their instrument of study. Prior to that time, it was not possible for tabla players to have their skills assessed as part of their final high school exams. Every student that has completed the program on the tabla through the Melbourne Tabla School has graded in the top 5% of the state. Australia’s first V.C.E. tabla student, Vincent Dodd, was placed 2nd in the state of Victoria [see media articles below].
The Melbourne Tabla School’s V.C.E. program is an excellent way for tabla students to capitalise on the skills developed as part of playing the tabla, and for those skills to count toward the next phase of their education. Students preparing for V.C.E. study all the usual subjects as well as the subject of music at their school.
Within the subject of music, their instrument of study is the tabla. The Melbourne Tabla School provides the regular tabla lessons required for V.C.E. music study as well as guiding students through the technical, musical, theoretical, practical and logistical aspects of studying the tabla within the V.C.E. system. The Melbourne Tabla School is always in regular contact with the student’s classroom music teacher in assisting the school and the students to fulfil the V.C.E requirements.
There are a variety of electives in the V.C.E music course. In each stream, the final performance component is a 25-minute tabla recital of contrasting works. Normally students play four pieces of their choice in this time. It is possible to complete the music portion of the V.C.E. exams a year earlier, meaning students finish their tabla exams at the end of year 11. Providing students with additional time to complete the remainder of their subjects in year 12.
If you are interested in studying tabla at V.C.E. level, or would like any more information, feel free to get in contact with us.