Instrumental Music

What is Music?
Music is a vital means of expression for all people of all cultures and societies. It voices both our individuality in both active and passive ways. Music engages both the left and right side of the brain simultaneously, assisting with concentration and focus. Music can assist in learning in other curriculum areas, and can help with the emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development of a person. Music can promote individual and cooperative learning. Music can assist with self-esteem, social cohesiveness and group identity.

Philosophy
At Bright P-12 College ‘Music’ is taken once a week in class by students in Prep to Year 6. At Year 7 and 8 level students undertake ‘Music’ three times a week for a term. Students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during school time, and can become a member of an ensemble and perform at concerts throughout the community. Music is seen as an important part of the curriculum, exposing the students to unique experiences that they would not experience elsewhere in the school. Music is seen as an integral and important part of raising the schools profile in the local

Classroom Program
At primary level students are given musical experiences in Listening, Singing, Moving, Playing, Creating, Composing and Writing and Reading. This is done by going through a developmental, sequential program designed to engage students in music and to develop skills and understanding in a number of ‘Musical Elements’ including Beat, Rhythm, Pitch, Melody, Harmony, Dynamics, Tempo, Form, Tone Colour, Texture and Style. Students will learn to explore and respond to their own musical performances and the performances of others.

At Year 7 and 8 level students expand upon their primary musical knowledge and learn music in more detail. Students who already learn a musical instrument are encouraged to further their abilities and inexperienced students will gain some basic musical skills. At this level the use of technology will be incorporated more, with the program ‘Garage Band’ and by using computers to present assignments and research different musical genres.

Instrumental Music Victoria
The Guiding Principles of Instrumental Education in Victoria are that:
Music is the art form to which students are most regularly exposed. All students should have access to comprehensive music programs in the curriculum of their schools. Music education should provide a wide variety of musical experiences and music education programs should continue and develop through years Prep to Year 12.

Musical Instruments offered at Bright P-12 College
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Drums or Voice

Instrumental Lessons
Instrumental lessons are taken once a week, on a designated day. Students are notified of when their lessons are, and are expected to regularly attend these. Students return to normal classes on the completion of their lessons. Lessons are offered by Jason Campbell-Brass and Woodwind, Howard Kovesy and Rudi Katterl-Guitar and Bass Guitar, Jill Chalwell-Piano, Ray Robertson-Drums, Joe Davis-Voice, Rachel Campbell-Beginner Piano.

Ensemble Program
Students undertaking, woodwind and brass instruments are expected to be part of either the ‘Concert Band’. Other students are encouraged to be part of smaller duets or instrumental groups. These ensembles form a very important part of the student’s musical education and teach the student musical ensemble skills. These ensembles perform regularly at ‘Soirees’ and ‘Concerts’ throughout Bright. Playing in these ensembles will foster a sense of teamwork and group cohesiveness.

Other ensembles that are open to students include ‘Prep-Year 2 Choir’, and the ‘Year 3-6 Choir’, which is open to any interested student in the primary year levels. These students rehearse once a week. A regular commitment is expected from these students, in order to perform at set performances.

Drummers if selected are to take part in the Bright P-12 College Drum Corps. This group will perform at festivals throughout the year in Bright and also at the regular Soirees.

In the ensemble program, musical skills that are learnt in the classroom are built upon. Students gain skills in the practical aspects of making and performing music, and gain skills in reading music notation.

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Instrument Selection
At the start of the year students who are interested in learning a musical instrument need to fill out an expression of interest form. Piano, Guitar, Vocal and Drum students are forwarded to the relevant teachers who notify them of lesson availability and details.

Students electing to learn a woodwind or brass instrument are requested to attend a recruitment evening where the instruments are demonstrated and details of the program are explained in detail. Once the required forms are signed and completed, fees are explained, and an instrument is hired or purchased, lessons will commence.

Commitment – ‘Student’
Students are expected to practice regularly on their instrument in order to achieve steady improvement. Students are to commit to the program on their chosen instrument for a minimum of two terms to see an improvement. Any less than this and the student will not see any real improvement in their playing ability. Students are expected to attend concerts and play-outs as required on their selected instrument. This is an important part of their musical development and students need to be aware of this before undertaking instrumental lessons.

Commitment – ‘Parent’
In order for the student to keep their interest in their chosen instrument, regular positive encouragement is necessary for the student to remain motivated. Regular practice is the key, and a simple 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week is better than one long session. Parents are to be aware of the financial obligations involved in learning an instrument and are to be made aware that the initial commitment to the program will be for two terms. Assistance in transporting larger instruments to and from school will need to be considered. The school has a policy that if the excursion or program is not paid for then the student cannot participate. This applies for learning a Musical instrument at Bright P-12 College.

Attendance
Students are expected to attend lessons regularly as directed by their instrumental teacher. If the student is unable to attend a lesson, then a reasonable attempt to notify the teacher needs to be made. Attendance at the relevant Choir or Band is compulsory also. These groups cannot function effectively if students do not attend regularly. Sometimes other curriculum activities such as sport or camps happen; these are unavoidable so lessons may have to be missed for that week, after a reasonable attempt has been made to reschedule the lesson.

Student Progress Assessment and Evaluation
Students will receive a report each semester which will state the child’s progress on their particular instrument. In this report technical aspects are discussed, as well as other instrumental playing areas.

Performance Policy -local performances, soirees, school concerts
Being a part of the Bright P-12 College music program and its various ensembles means a commitment to local performances throughout the year. These will occur at our regular ‘Soirees’ and the ‘Primary’ and ‘Secondary’ concert as required. Also an involvement in any local performances at local festivals is also required. Throughout the year, soloists may be called upon and given the chance to perform at the Soirees, or at different events. This is strongly encouraged for all players and is essential in an Instrumental musician’s development in their younger days.

Performance Uniform
Students in the ‘Choir’ or ‘Concert Band’ will perform in school uniform, unless told otherwise. This means the correct footwear, jacket, coloured socks, etc…. No scruffy shoes, jeans, headbands, will be accepted. The Concert Band and Drum Corps have ensemble T-shirts which will be required on occasions to be worn. These will be worn with neat and casual clothing as directed.

Costs Concert Band – Hire fee, Levy, Accessories
The cost of hiring an instrument for a concert band instrument is $60 per term. This money is payable to the front office once an invoices received.

There is a Levy for being part of the Concert Band program of $40 per term. This money goes towards the purchase of musical equipment or services as required. This money also will be paid to the front office once an invoice is received.

There is a requirement to purchase a Band Method book and, depending upon the instrument, various creams or oils to keep the instrument well maintained. These things will be indicated to you when your child begins their instrument.

Costs Piano, Guitar, Drum and Vocal Lessons
The cost of learning the piano, guitar. drums or voice is variable on receiving either a 20 minute or 40 minute lesson. These arrangements are to be made with the respective teacher. They will advise you on the equipment and materials necessary to purchase.

Own Instrument Purchase
Instrumental students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument. This will most likely ensure a longer continued development of the Instrumental student. Recommended brands and outlets can be provided upon request to the relevant Instrumental teacher.

Music Staff

  • Jason Campbell- Music Coordinator, Classroom Music Teacher, Woodwind and Brass Instrumental Teacher
  • Jill Chalwell- Piano Instrumental Teacher
  • Howard Kovesy-Guitar Instrumental Teacher
  • Rudi Katterl-Guitar Instrumental Teacher
  • Joe Davis-Vocal Teacher
  • Ray Robertson- Drum Instrumental Teacher
  • Rachel Campbell-Beginner Piano Teacher

Contact details for any of the music staff can be obtained from the Music Coordinator; Jason Campbell, or by contacting the front office at Bright P-12 College.