Each student takes part in a one-hour rehearsal (before or after school) and a 30-minute sectional tutorial (during school hours).
Primary School Training Band - Students from years 3 to 6
This is where it all starts! The first year of learning is so important and rewarding for everyone involved.
Within the first six to eight weeks of the program, students will have a good knowledge of their instrument (mechanically) and how to produce a pleasing sound. They will also have a basic understanding of musical notation (rhythm & notes on the stave). Most import of all, they will create music as a band & will be ready for their first mini concert!
As we move through the year, students will advance in their tutor book & work on performance pieces designed to delight audiences at school fetes & open days. Of course, our main performance focus is on December when the band will take the stage to perform at the school’s end of year concert.
Primary School Concert Band - Students from years 4 to 6
Our Concert Band program builds on the knowledge students have gained in the Training Band. It is driven by developing a wide-ranging repertoire of material designed to showcase the bands collective talent.
As with training band, students take part in a one-hour rehearsal and a 30-minute sectional tutorial.
Every school band is unique, and this means that we select material that best suits the band. Throughout the year the band will work on a variety of genres from Pop tunes, movie themes, Classical pieces to Jazz and Rock tunes based on the instruments and skill levels of the players.
Many High Schools are developing band programs that take students through to HSC performance. Some private schools even offer year 7 musical scholarships to advanced players. Our goal is to equip our Concert Band musicians with the skills and knowledge to allow them to join the band at their High School so that they can continue their musical journey.
High School Programs
Our High School Programs take into account the maturity of the students & help them to achieve their musical goals from starting out, through to the HSC.
In addition to our standard offering of Training Band & Concert Band, we develop ensembles based on the talents & interests of the students. These could range from a swinging Big Band, to a full Orchestra with some Funk or R’n’B groups in between.