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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 practice”.
• Establish a regular practice routine and fill out the Music Practice
• 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 their case.
• 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 contact Stephen.King@soc.tas.edu.au.
Music Ensemble Program
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
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
Senior Concert Band
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Concert Band
Intermediate Stage Band Senior
Strings Orchestra Intermediate
String Orchestra Middle School
Choir Senior Choir
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