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Parental and Family Involvement
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO HELP
Parents and friends are warmly welcomed to all our concert
events, from small scale chamber soirees to major presentations.
Sharing in the performances your child is involved with adds
immeasurably to their experiences in the Performing Arts. We aim
to provide many performance opportunities for all of our aspiring
musicians. Supporting home practice is vital for the success
of all students. Here are some hints on taking the “pain out of
• Establish a regular practice routine and fill out the Music
• Where practical, it is helpful if the student does not have to put
their instrument away in its case between practice sessions.
Most orchestral instruments can be left assembled.
• For many instruments including woodwind and brass
instruments, instrument stands (not sheet music stands) can
be acquired allowing instruments to be safely stored out of
• Encourage mini-performances at home to family and friends.
• Where possible create an area for practice in your home and
importantly, a sheet music stand makes a huge difference.
FRIENDS OF SCOTCH OAKBURN MUSIC
The College is keen to establish a Support Group, the “Friends
of Scotch Oakburn Music”, and it is envisaged that the group will
play an important role in supporting the work of staff and students
of the Music Department. This group would meet once or twice
a semester organise social activities for music students and
assisting with ‘front-of-house’ and other such details at musical
events. If you wish to become involved in supporting the Music
Department by receiving information about the FOSOM, please
Scotch Oakburn College has an extensive instrumental and choral
program with a performance group to meet the needs of each
student. Many students choose to participate in a number of the
large ensembles. This immersion provides them with the opportunity
to experience a wide range of musical styles.
Students learning a musical instrument within the Scotch Oakburn
College Instrumental Music Program with an instrumental teacher are
required to participate in one of the College’s large ensembles that
is appropriate for their age, ability and instrument as soon as they
are able. Playing in an ensemble is a wonderful musical outlet for
students where they can share and extend the music they have been
taught in a one-on-one lesson. Instrumental lessons and playing in
an ensemble has mutual benefits; as students learn to work together
to achieve a common goal and the standard of the ensemble is
improved. It is also a means through which the social and interactive
nature of playing and learning a musical instrument is developed; it is
an essential aspect of being a musician.
Students are expected to attend all rehearsals. If an absence
is unavoidable they are to communicate this effectively with the
ensemble director at their earliest convenience. We encourage
students to be proactive and take responsibility for their schedule
and to communicate to Music Department staff if there are any
overlapping commitments in their calendar.
ENSEMBLE MEMBERSHIP AND
All students are encouraged to join one of the College’s
ensembles to further their musical experiences. Students will be
guided to the appropriate ensemble for their level of experience.
Entry to advanced ensembles and ensembles with specialised
instrumentation may require an audition.
Ensembles rehearse once a week and students are expected to
attend every ensemble rehearsal and scheduled concert unless
officially excused by the Ensemble Director. Ensemble experience is
as important as the weekly instrumental lesson and contributes to
the musical development of each student. Students should attend
their ensemble rehearsal punctually and be fully prepared. A student
must notify their Ensemble Conductor/Director at least the day
before if they cannot attend any rehearsal for whatever reason.
• It is expected that students arrive before the set starting time to
help with setting up, to warm up their instruments and to
prepare for rehearsal.
• Students are expected to help pack up all equipment at
the end of the rehearsal.
• All music is to be kept in the allocated folders. Students are not
allowed to take home original music. Students needing practice
copies should see their Ensemble Conductor/Director.
Senior Concert Band
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Concert Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Senior Strings Orchestra
Intermediate String Orchestra
Middle School Choir
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