Music

The College offers Music to students in two formats - as a compulsory program within the Year 7 curriculum and as an optional, elective subject for all other students.

Year 7 Music Program

Students in Year 7 will be required to undertake Music as part of their normal curriculum; it is not an elective subject. The Music program focuses on introducing and developing the skills and discipline required in learning to play a musical instrument, as well as the enjoyment that can be derived from it.

All Year 7 students are allocated one of the following band instruments on the basis of the results of the Bentley Test for Musical Ability: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar and percussion, and are provided with opportunities to explore group tuition with specialist teachers.

Students play in both small and large ensemble situations and participate in a concert at the end of each semester. Students explore elements of music notation, rhythm and basic musical terminology. They experiment with tone production and dynamics and explore how the body works in kinaesthetic movement when playing an instrument. Students respond to aural and ensemble activities with practical and written exercises and tasks.

Music Tuition

The College offers all students the opportunity to pursue further music tuition through sessions offered with qualified music tutors. Lessons are conducted during the day as part of the student’s normal timetable. Music Tuition is an elective subject for students and therefore music fees are not included in the school tuition fees.

Music Tuition is available on the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Voice and Music Theory.

Terms and Conditions

Lessons are offered on an individual weekly basis for 30, 45 or 60 minutes.As the student becomes more proficient he/she is required to participate in appropriate School ensembles.

A new Enrolment Form is required in November for continuation of lessons in the following year (see link below). Should fees not be paid by the due date, lessons may be discontinued at the discretion of the Head of Music

Music Tuition Fees

Individual Music Tuition fees are payable in advance and will be invoiced in February. Fees are due by the end of March.Tuition fees are non-refundable, except in special circumstances such as extended absence or illness, where written notice is provided to the Head of Music.Pro rata adjustments will be made if a student commences tuition in the middle of a term.

Fees are for 14 lessons per Semester. Lessons are normally of 30 minutes duration. Longer lessons are available for students studying at more advanced levels and costs can be advised. Rates vary according to the type and duration of lesson.

Instrument Hire

Students will be loaned musical instruments from the College for the participation in the Year 7 Music Program. Instruments may be hired from the College for private music tuition sessions subject to availability. Pianos, drum kits and electric guitars are not available for hire from the College. Hire fees per Semester must be paid in advance and is subject to availability.

If your son/daughter wishes to hire an instrument, please refer to the link below.

Responsibilities of Students 

Once a student has been timetabled for a music lesson, it is his/her responsibility to attend at the correct time. Students should check the timetables posted on the intranet and on the notice board in the Music School.

The teacher may require that music be purchased throughout the year. Having the correct music is essential to enable the development of appropriate music skills.

Practice

Students should be encouraged to practice every day at home for the length of time indicated by the teacher. The attention and co-operation of parents in this matter is requested.

A Music Record Book should be supplied by each student and is available for purchase on the Booklist. This will enable staff to record the lesson, assign weekly work and the date and time of the next lesson. Students should record his/her weekly practice in this book. Parents are asked to view and sign the record book each week and teachers and parents can communicate via the Music Record Book.