Music News | Preparatory School
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 February||School Office Bearers Induction|
|Monday 1st March||Soloists Heats Commence|
|Wednesday 10th March||Soloist Competition Finals|
|Sunday 14th March||Family Service – Archer and Henderson|
|Friday 19th March||Public 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.
|Chapel Band||Chamber Ensemble||Trinity Singers||Trinity Singers||Trinity Singers|
|7:45 am – 8:30 am||7:30am – 8:30am||(1 & 2) 7:40am – 8am||(5) 7:40 am – 8 am||(7) 7:40 am – 8 am|
|Mozart Room||Mozart Room||Mozart/Beethoven Rooms||Mozart Room||Beethoven Room|
|Mrs G. Campbell||Mrs G. Campbell||Ms N. Smeulders/Mrs G. Campbell||Mrs G. Campbell||Ms N. Smeulders|
|Primary Choir||Percussion Ensemble||Trinity Singers||Trinity Singers||Trinity Singers|
|(1) 7:45am-8:05am||7:30am-8:30am||(3 & 4) 8am-8.20am||(6) 8am-8.20am||(8) 8am-8.20am|
|(2) 8:05am-8:20am||Beethoven Room||Mozart/Beethoven Rooms||Mozart Room||Beethoven Room|
|Beethoven Room||Mr L. Giles||Ms N. Smeulders/Mrs G. Campbell||Mrs G. Campbell||Ms N. Smeulders|
|Ms N. Smeulders|
|Theory of Music Grade 4||Theory of Music Grade 1||Theory of Music |
|Theory of Music |
|Morning Break||Morning Break||Morning Break||Lunch Break||Morning Break|
|Beethoven Room||OSCH||OSCH||Beethoven Room||Music Studio 8|
|Mrs J. Tryne||Mrs J. Trynes||Mrs J. Trynes||Mrs J. Trynes||Mrs 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 Quartet||Beethoven Strings||Concert Band||Junior Choir Year 2 Only|
|Beethoven Room||Mozart Room||Beethoven Room||Mozart Room|
|Mr E. Schots TBC||Mrs A. McCluney/Ms M. Vieira||Mr G. Malyusz/Mrs G. Campbell||Ms Smeulders/Ms Welsh|
|Corelli Strings||Chamber Orchestra|
|Christian Studies||Mozart Room|
|Mrs J. Tripolone||Mrs L. Palmer|
|Mrs L. Jayasinghe|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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- email@example.com 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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