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Instrumental Music

 
The instrumental music program provides tuition to students in the form of weekly lessons. Programs are offered in strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. Lessons are provided by instrumental music teachers who work across several schools, primary and high schools, in the Townsville district.
The strings program is available for students in years 3 to 6. The brass, woodwind and percussion programs are available for students in years 4 to 6. Students are able to loan their instrument through the school. Some students will be encouraged to buy their own instrument after several years in the program.
Instrumental Program Recruitment
Recruitment for the strings program occurs towards the end of year 2 for year 3, and for other instruments in year 4 or year 5.
Students are assessed according to:
  • A standard musicality test
  • General class attitude and performance
  • Music class achievement  

 

We are able to loan instruments for 2 years. The larger expensive instruments (French horn, trombone, saxophone and Cello) are on loan for the duration of the student’s learning. In all other cases children are expected to purchase or hire their own instrument after two years. Students are invited to participate in the school concert bands, string orchestras and instrumental ensembles once they have reached an appropriate level of competence. Our ensembles perform at the local eisteddfod each year, and are given the opportunity to perform regularly at school assemblies and concerts. All instrumental music students are encouraged to participate in various instrumental music workshops offered throughout the year.

 

Instrumental Lessons

Students attend one lesson per week. These lessons are organised on a rotational basis to assist the children in not missing out on the same class lessons each week. Rehearsals and Band Practice are compulsory for those in the program.
Practice
Students in this program are expected to practice 4 X 20 minutes every week. This is vital to a successful experience in learning a given instrument. Practice is monitored by teachers with a practice sheet which we ask parents to monitor and sign. As students are taught in a group of approximately 5 it is important that they work together as a team and are up-to-date with the practice set by the teacher.
Attendance
It is compulsory for each student to attend timetabled lessons, instrumental group rehearsals and all performances. Students who are absent must present a note from their parents as soon as possible after that time. If a student continues to be absent without explanation, parents will be contacted and that student may be withdrawn from the program.
Information evening
During fourth term all music staff invite parents of children who are entering our program to an information evening. At this evening we outline the expectations, the running of the program and the costs of the program.