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Instrumental music

Music is an integral part of life at Craigslea Primary and High Schools. Students at the combined campus have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in quality music programs.

Students are allocated to lesson groups and ensembles according to ability on their selected instrument. In this way students have the opportunity to learn and perform at their current level. Students have two contact periods per week; one group lesson in school time, and one ensemble rehearsal (sometimes two) either before or after school.

The joint music campus also allows flexibility for student groupings. Ensembles may include students from the primary and secondary schools, as students are placed on merit with age being no barrier. Students have the opportunity for continuous instrumental music tuition from Year 4 (Year 3 for strings) to Year 12.

Aims and Philosophy

The aims of the instrumental Music Program at the Craigslea Music Campus are to:

  • Provide an extra dimension to the schools’ music programs ensuring that educational outcomes are maximised for all students.
  • Provide an opportunity for musical development of students through instrumental instruction on a group basis.
  • Provide ensemble experience for students that develop ensemble performance skills as an integral part of their music education through: Concert Bands, Orchestras, String Orchestras and Stage Bands.

The campus supports performance groups in each instrumental area. All of these groups perform at various school and community functions throughout the year. Some will also participate in competitions. Attendance at all performances is essential. Absence from scheduled performances may mean exclusion from the program. Performance venues and types are selected to provide students with a range of performance experiences and contexts.

Performance groups on the campus will include:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Big Band
  • Concert Band
  • Stage Band
  • Senior Primary Concert Band
  • Junior Primary Concert Band
  • High School Vocal Group
  • Junior String Orchestra
  • Senior String Orchestra
  • Senior Primary Choir
  • Junior Primary Choir
  • String Quintet

Calendar of Performances

All performance and events will be communicated through the school newsletter.

Camps & Tours

A camp is held each year for all members of school bands and ensembles. The purpose of the camp is to provide the opportunity for intensive rehearsal and develop a team spirit within the program. All members of school bands and ensembles are expected to participate in the music camp.

Expectations of Students

Students are expected to participate in the program to the best of their ability.

This includes:

  • Regular practice
  • Attendance at lessons
  • Attendance at rehearsals and performances
  • If a student cannot attend a rehearsal or performance, a note is compulsory.