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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
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“Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.” (Leonard Bernstein)
“God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments, and I have to play.” (Lenny Kravitz)
“I must sigh for … the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Take your pick! Any style from Bernstein to Beethoven to contemporary music, through almost any instrument or means of
making music … St Andrew’s is ready to help develop your child’s
musical talents, even if they are only just ready to emerge!
The three core elements of music development for students through
involvement with the College’s co-curricular music program are:
- Private or (Group of 2 only) lessons - groups are by application only
- Membership of one or more ensemble groups
- Performance at various school and community events
If you would like your child/ren to become involved with music beyond the classroom curriculum, and to potentially develop new talents, create broader social contacts, and enhance key skills for successful academic study, then please read further about how the co-curricular music program operates at St Andrew’s. Please then contact us for further information.
Information Booklet - 2013
Download Conditions for Enrolment information - 2013
Download Expression of Interest form for Instrumental Music Lessons - 2013
Download Parent Contract - 2013
This is the starting point for most students who wish to become involved with music. Lessons allow students the opportunity to learn an instrument, voice, and/or the theory (or musicianship) of music; these lessons are in addition to the classroom music curriculum delivered to all students until classroom music becomes an elective subject in Year 9.
Both private and group lessons (two students by application) are available. Lessons are primarily conducted during school hours, although in some cases other timings can be negotiated. Both group and private lessons are held on a half-hour basis, and are usually scheduled on a fixed day with a rotating timetable to ensure that students do not consistently miss the same classroom or other College activity.
The following instruments are available for lessons:
Students in Prep to Year 3
Students in Year 4 to Year 12
- Bass Clarinet
- Alto Saxophone
- Tenor Saxophone
- Baritone Saxophone
- French Horn
- Percussion (tuned and untuned)
- Double Bass
- Bass Guitar
Availability of tuition includes consideration of physical aspects of the student so that a good match between the student’s potential and the instrument is achieved. Instrumental teachers and the College’s Music Department staff are able to provide advice in this area.
The music addressed during lessons includes training pieces to develop key skills, music charts for those students also in ensembles, formal pieces for those students choosing to undertake examinations (e.g. AMEB or Trinity exams), and other aspects of learning to effectively engage with music such as reading music notation, developing aural skills, and preparing for competitions such as the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod (when the student is ready). Advice about readiness and preparation for exams and competitions is provided by the student’s instrumental music teacher.
To undertake lessons, the student’s parent must (a) complete and send to the Music Office an “Expression of Interest” form, at which point the College will contact an appropriate member of the instrumental music staff, and then (b) sign and return the contractual agreement sent by the instrumental teacher to confirm arrangements for the provision of lessons. Lessons are charged at the fee set by the College in line with recommended rates by the Music Teachers Association of Queensland. Currently lesson fees are:
- $32.50 per half hour lesson for individual lessons
- $22.50 per student per half hour lesson for a group of two
Please note: group lessons are considered by application only.
The musical experience of instrumental/vocal lessons is best developed when working in conjunction with rehearsal and performance of music pieces in an ensemble group. As such, lesson and ensemble membership work together to provide a balanced and guided education in music.
Concepts and techniques introduced in lessons are applied in the ensemble setting. Ensemble parts perfected at an individual level in lessons are then brought together to create the whole through the ensemble.
All students who undertake lessons are encouraged to join one or more of the College’s ensembles, as advised by their instrumental music teacher in relation to readiness and potential. For most music students, the ‘step up’ to ensemble membership is eagerly sought, and once obtained is something they treasure due to the music challenges presented, the camaraderie of working closely with their peers, and the opportunity for recognition of their skills through a variety of performances. The College provides a range of ensemble opportunities including:
- Concert Band Intermediate level
- Wind Ensemble Advanced level
- Stage Band By invitation/audition
- Piccolo Preps Prep
- Junior Singers Years 1 to 3
- Primary Choir Years 4 to 6
- College Choir Years 7 to 12
- Small vocal ensemble By invitation
- String Ensemble Beginner/Intermediate students
- String Orhcestra Advanced students
- Chamber Strings By invitation
Small Instrumental Ensembles
- Guitar Ensemble
- Saxophone Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Clarinet Ensemble
- Keyboard Ensemble
- Recorder Ensemble
- Flute Ensemble
AND with other ensembles ready to be formed in the near future, such as Keyboard Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Rock Band and others … all dependent upon student commitment!
To help address a portion of the cost of providing these ensembles, a levy of $20.00 applies to each ensemble membership; this assists the College with the cost of music, conductor’s fees, administrative work for Eisteddfods and other related items.
As musical development is greatly assisted by progress in aural skills, all students who are learning instruments are encouraged to consider joining a choral group as well as a relevant instrumental ensemble. Larger ensembles rehearse before/after school, while others may rehearse during the school day.
School & Community Performances
All students involved in the music program at St Andrew’s are encouraged to participate in a variety of performance opportunities.
These opportunities to showcase the development of personal and ensemble music skills include:
School services such as ANZAC Chapel, assemblies, awards nights, Foundation Day
School events such as the St Andrew’s Fair, Cultural Carnivale
Formal competitions such as the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod, and Prestige Music Fest
Formal examinations through official organisations such as AMEB and Trinity
College recital evenings to provide parents an intimate showcase of each teacher’s student group
Community events such as Vietnam Veterans Service
The main ambition of most musicians is, of course, to play. There is no shortage of the chance to do so in the co-curricular program at St Andrew’s.
Ready to play?!...
For further information about instrumental music / vocal lessons or ensemble groups, please contact the Music Office….
OR!... submit a completed “Expression of Interest” form (available on the College website) to the Music Office, and we will be in contact with further details about your allocated instrumental music teacher and other important information for your child to commence their journey into the world of music!
The staff of the St Andrew’s Music Department:
- Director of Co-Curricular Music: Mr Andrew Eunson
- Head of Music (Curriculum): Mr Cade Bonar
- Primary/Secondary Teacher: Miss Chelsey Thomas
- Music Office Administration: Mrs Sophie Wrigley
St. Andrew’s Anglican College – Music Dept
40 Peregian Springs Drive
Peregian Springs, QLD 4573
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