Music is a performing art, so opportunities must exist for students to demonstrate their skills.
For many years instruction on a musical instrument focused on the learner as a soloist. This meant that performance experience was limited to only the very talented students, and those with less confidence and ability often gave up. However, in a program where lessons are taken in small groups, and the focus is on the students' development as band or orchestra members, children are not placed under as much pressure. Their performance skills and self confidence are allowed to develop in the safety of a group. So it is in this group setting that students are able to become aware of, and sensitive to, the importance of music in our daily lives. Through ensemble playing the instrumental music program develops application, commitment, a sense of accomplishment and self worth, responsibility, self discipline and team spirit.
AIMS OF THE INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM
To provide the opportunity for each student to develop his/her full musical potential through instrumental instruction on a group basis.
To develop the knowledge, skills and self discipline required in the performance of music.
To use music to develop the individual – socially, emotionally and physically.
To provide performance experience in school based ensembles, and to take advantage of other opportunities which may arise. Eg. camps, community groups, workshops.
To enjoy the experience of music making.
To complement the classroom music program.
STRINGS The string orchestra will consist of students who have developed the skills necessary to join a string orchestra. This will consist of players with more than 1 year of playing experience. Rehearsals will begin at the beginning of the year. First year students will join the ensemble when they have reached a certain standard.
CONCERT BAND consists of all brass, woodwind and percussion students. Rehearsals begin in term 1 for continuing players and they will be joined by 1st year players in term 2.