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Welcome Back

To all Preparatory School families welcome to 2021.  I do hope you enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing holiday and look forward to another year of music making from the Music Department.  Hopefully throughout the year we will be able to acknowledge and celebrate together the wonderful achievements of our boys via the many and varied performance and examination opportunities that are on offer.

Key Dates Term 1

Friday 12th FebruarySchool Office Bearers Induction
Monday 1st MarchSoloists Heats Commence
Wednesday 10th MarchSoloist Competition Finals
Sunday 14th MarchFamily Service – Archer and Henderson
Friday 19th MarchPublic Speaking Competition Finals

Co-curricular Rehearsal Schedule

Please check the schedule below and note that ALL Music ensembles will commence rehearsals next week.  Any new students who are interested in joining the ensembles, please check with either Mrs Campbell or the staff member responsible for the specific ensemble for further details. Please note that Ms Smeulders has been in contact with parents in regard to the modified rehearsal schedule in response to COVID guidelines for all Choirs.  Please check emails and respond with your son’s availability as soon as possible to assist with group allocations.

It is my pleasure to introduce a new Ensemble for 2021 which is called the Creative Music Ensemble.  The Creative Music Ensemble will give students the opportunity to expand on their instrumental studies by introducing skills such as improvisation, composition and movement with music. Students will have the chance to engage their creative side and enjoy exploring contemporary music genres. This ensemble is open to instrumentalists who have achieved approximately Grade 1 AMEB standard on their instrument. The ensemble will be directed by Mrs Swanton and Mrs Jayasinghe and will be held on Wednesdays at morning break in the Beethoven Room, so if you have any further inquiries please contact Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe.

If your son is unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, it would be appreciated that an email be sent to the staff member responsible for the ensemble explaining the reason for the absence just so that accurate attendance records can be kept. All instrumental ensemble students are expected to bring their instrument, music, eraser and pencil to all rehearsals.  To ensure that every rehearsal commences on time, please note that the boys need to be set-up, tuned and ready to commence at the scheduled start time to enable maximum rehearsal time is achieved as most ensembles only have one weekly rehearsal allocated.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Friday
Chapel BandChamber EnsembleTrinity Singers Trinity Singers Trinity Singers
7:45 am – 8:30 am7:30am – 8:30am(1 & 2) 7:40am – 8am(5) 7:40 am – 8 am(7) 7:40 am – 8 am
Mozart RoomMozart RoomMozart/Beethoven RoomsMozart RoomBeethoven Room
Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders/Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders

Primary ChoirPercussion EnsembleTrinity Singers Trinity Singers Trinity Singers
(1) 7:45am-8:05am7:30am-8:30am(3 & 4) 8am-8.20am(6) 8am-8.20am(8) 8am-8.20am
(2) 8:05am-8:20amBeethoven RoomMozart/Beethoven RoomsMozart RoomBeethoven Room
Beethoven RoomMr  L. GilesMs N. Smeulders/Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders
Ms N. Smeulders

Theory of Music Grade 4Theory of Music Grade 1Theory of Music
Grade 2
Theory of Music
Grade 3
Cello Ensemble
Morning BreakMorning BreakMorning BreakLunch BreakMorning Break
Beethoven RoomOSCHOSCHBeethoven RoomMusic Studio 8
Mrs J. TryneMrs J. TrynesMrs J. TrynesMrs J. TrynesMrs L. Palmer

Guitar Ensemble
Creative Music Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Morning Break
Morning Break
Morning Break
Music Studio 8
Beethoven Room
Beethoven Room
Mr S. Rocco
Mrs L. Jayasinghe/Mrs J. Swanton
Mr Gergely

Saxophone QuartetBeethoven StringsConcert BandJunior Choir Year 2 Only

3:15pm-4:15pm3:15 pm-4pm3:25pm-4:15pm3pm-3:30pm

Beethoven RoomMozart RoomBeethoven RoomMozart Room

Mr E. Schots TBCMrs A. McCluney/Ms M. VieiraMr G. Malyusz/Mrs G. CampbellMs Smeulders/Ms Welsh

Corelli StringsChamber Orchestra


Christian StudiesMozart Room

Mrs J. TripoloneMrs L. Palmer

Mozart Strings


Beethoven Room

Mrs L. Jayasinghe

Instrumental Music

Private Tuition is available for half hour lessons on Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Piano, Guitar and Percussion. Enrolment Booklets are available from the Administration Building and the Music Centre. Please complete and detach the form and return as soon as possible to either administration or the Music Centre. Parents are billed at the end of each term with a thirty-minute lesson costing $45.  Instrument Hire is charged at $50 per term. For further information or clarification please contact Mrs Geraldine Campbell via the following email

Instrumental Staff during the course of this week and next week will be negotiating Private Tuition Lesson times with Classroom Teachers, so please be patient and Instrumental Music Staff will be contacting you in due course with your son’s lesson time once this process has occurred.

Year 1 and 2 Strings Programme

This week the Year 1 students were introduced to the instruments available in the Strings Programme and sized up for either the violin or cello. The violin students will be permitted to take their instruments home once the signed parental form is returned. There is no additional charge for hire. The Cello’s due to the expense of these instruments are to be kept at school but if you wish to hire, the Hire Form must be completed and a charge of $50 per Term will be charged at the end of each term.  Year 2 will continue on their chosen instruments. If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe- the Strings Co-Ordinator for further clarification.

Year 4 Music

Today as part of the Band Program, the boys enjoyed demonstrations on Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn and Trombone by the Instrumental Music staff.  The boys were asked to nominate three preferences, then appropriate instrumental groupings will be sorted.  Next week the boys will be split into their groups and experience the first lesson on their assigned instrument.  Before the boys are able to take the instruments home, parents will be required to have signed a Hire Form and this will need to be returned before boys are given the instruments. During the course of this Term, the Band Program students will come together for their first ensemble experience. String students are encouraged to remain on their instruments and develop Sight-reading skills through a variety of repertoire with Mrs Palmer.

Soloists Competition 2021

The first concert of the year proceeding with a COVID safe plan will be the Annual Soloists’ Competition, to be held on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Heats will begin in the week commencing Monday 1sts March. Details for entry are available from the Music Centre at Prep next Monday with a closing date of Monday 22nd February.

Mrs Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

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