Learning to play a
musical instrument is an immensely satisfying challenge. The ability to
play builds friendships across year levels and schools. Playing music
brings students together, and immediately a common bond is established, and a
sense of belonging realised. This is extremely beneficial when students move to
The aim of the
instrumental music program is to give students the opportunity to learn to play
and perform in a group situation. Providing ensemble experience for students
develops their performance skills and extends their knowledge, thus increasing
confidence and pride. Currently our school offers a String Program. There is no Band program.
Students are considered
for selection to play an instrument if they demonstrate strong musical aptitude
in the Selmer test. This takes place at the end of year 2 for string instruments.
Children are also checked for their
general aptitude to study and their physical suitability to a particular
instrument. Students’ interest in the instrument and their ability to commit,
with parental support, are also considered.
The benefits of learning
an instrument are numerous and worthwhile. Music:
- develops pride, responsibility, confidence and social communication
- increases memorizing capacity
- improves reasoning capacity
- improves time management and organisational skills
- fosters the development of team skills
- fosters self-expression and emotional intelligence
- promotes and relieves anxiety and stress
- improves health, well-being and increases stamina.
Music goals don’t always
come easily, but students will achieve with persistence. The appreciation and
enjoyment of music that comes from learning an instrument is unique. Research
indicates that students who study an instrument improve in all other areas of
study. Time management and perseverance skills learnt in primary school through
regular practice and rehearsal benefit the child throughout their education.
Parents also need a
level of commitment when helping their child learn an instrument. Ensuring
attendance at out of school rehearsals and performances and setting aside
family time for regular practice assists the child to reach success.
Taking the time to
listen to and encourage music practice will strengthen the love of music and
create a mutual interest.
instrumental teachers is employed to provide weekly half hour lessons. Students
are initially grouped by year level and this is reviewed as the students’
progress. Group lessons, averaging 6 to 8 student, are held during class time.
Rehearsals for Senior String Ensemble takes place before school. Junior String ensemble usually commences in
term 3 and is held in lunch time.
instruments are available to the students:
- Viola, violin, cello, double
For a nominal fee the
school loans these instruments to students selected to be in the program. After
the first year of tuition parents are required to purchase an instrument for
The Instrumental Music
program is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore and develop their
music skills and knowledge. Children who learn to play an instrument are
intrinsically rewarded for their hard work, and disciplined practice.
The benefits of learning
an instrument far outweigh the time dedicated to regular practice.