Benefits of studying a musical instrument
- Students who study music from an early age can do better at a range of subjects
- Children who play music learn there are rewards from hard work, practice and discipline
- Playing a musical instrument helps develop creative thinking and motor skills
- Music helps children become more active listeners
- It can also enhance their health and wellbeing and increase their stamina
Lessons are approximately 30 minutes in length and are held once a week in the practice rooms in the Music block. Students will be given a rotational timetable by their instrumental music teacher to minimise disruption to the student's usual classes. Students are expected to catch up on any missed classwork and to practice songs and techniques learnt in instrumental music lessons. Parents will be informed of student attendance requirements for rehearsals.
Instruments available for hire
It is, of course, preferred that students use their own instrument, however the school has a number of instruments available to hire free of charge. This allows students to try a new instrument without the costs involved with purchasing. Instruments for hire include a variety of:
(Please note: numbers are limited so your preferred instrument may not always be available)
The formal school uniform is worn for all performances.
$10 per term ($40 per year). Costs are subsidised by Burnside State High School.
Students will be expected to take part in public performances at assemblies and special occasions in the community such as the Arts Expo and Anzac Day ceremony.
A music scholarship is offered each year to a Year 7 student with a gift for music. To apply for a scholarship complete the application form here.
Acceptance into the Instrumental Music Program is a privilege and therefore carries with it some responsibilities. These include a commitment to the full year of instrumental study, attendance at lessons with all necessary equipment, regular home practice, and participation in the school band when the student is of an appropriate level.
How to apply
If you would like to be involved in the instrumental music program complete the application form here.