School Band

GWPS – Extra Curriculum Program Guidelines

School Band

 

Educational Intent:

The School Band provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of musical skills beyond what is taught in the regular classroom program. Students improve their ability to work with a group of musicians and with a conductor. Many students will have the opportunity to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments in addition to their primary instrument. Students will also work to improve their ability to read music and develop an understanding of the chord structures used in many of the pieces played. Through participation in the School Band, students will be provided with a range of performance opportunities, such as at school assemblies and selected events in the wider community.

 

Age Group:

Students in Years 5 and 6 are able to audition for the School Band.

 

Cost:

There is no general cost for participation in the School Band, but costs associated with excursions to performances or eisteddfods will be passed on to parents whose children attend.

 

Selection Criteria:

Students in Years 5 and 6 who wish to participate in the School Band are required to attend an audition at the beginning of the school year. Students play or sing a short section of a piece they have prepared and all students, except singers, are then given a short piece of music to sight read. Singers listen to an unfamiliar piece of music and are given the sheet music. They are then required to sing a section of the music on their own. Students are scored according to the difficulty of the piece they play, the accuracy with which they play it, their tuning (for instruments where this is a factor), technical ability and sight reading or ability to learn a new song. Where all students auditioning on a particular instrument learn from the same teacher, a score based on the teacher’s recommendation may also be used.

 

Once auditions have been conducted for all instruments, students with the highest scores in each instrument group are selected. When determining the number of students selected for each instrument, the overall quality of students auditioning on that instrument and the overall makeup of the band are taken into account. The total number of students selected is such that rehearsals are able to be supervised by a single teacher.

 

Timeline:

Term 1, Week 1-2:  A meeting is held for all students interested in auditioning for the School Band. During the meeting, students are informed of the audition process and auditions are scheduled.

Term 1, Week 2-3:  Auditions are held during recess and/or lunch time.  Successful students then receive a letter to notify them and their families of their Selection.

Term 1, Week 3-5: Rehearsals commence and are held throughout the year from 8am – 8:50am on Tuesday mornings.  

 

Contact Person:

Miss Lucy Pfeifer is responsible for the School Band and can be contacted at the school.

 

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