Music

MUSIC

INDIVIDUAL MUSIC TUITION

The music Accomplishment program offers individual or small group instrumental tuition with an experienced, specialist instrumental teacher contracted by the school.

Music Accomplishments are offered for children from Year 1 onwards, however, some studies can only be commenced in Junior or Secondary School, due to the level of physical maturation and fine motor skill development involved. Enrolment of students in ELC and Kindergarten is not accepted.

Lessons are scheduled throughout the day in consultation with the class teacher in the Junior School. Lessons are held in the instrumental studios on the lower ground floor in the Senior School both before and after school and throughout the school day. Junior School students will only be able to schedule lessons before school and from 12pm onwards.

Students in Years 1 and 2 are escorted to and from their lessons by their instrumental teacher. From Year 3 onwards, students need to be able to attend their lesson without being collected from their classroom. 

Learning an instrument is a skill-based activity and as such demands daily practice. The student needs to establish a routine for practice in order to achieve optimal results. Families need to consider all the commitments their children undertake both within and outside of the school before enrolling in a music Accomplishment. 

We are proud of the Accomplishment music program offered at Kincoppal – Rose Bay. All of our teachers are experienced in teaching and performance and relish the opportunity to share their passion for music with our students

GENERAL INSTRUMENTAL STUDY OVERVIEW

Minimum daily practice requirements

Regular, daily practice is essential for satisfactory progress on all instruments. The minimum daily requirements are listed below:

  • First year of study – 20 minutes per day
  • Second and third years – 30 minutes per day
  • Fourth year – 40 minutes per day
  • Fifth year – 50 mins per day
  • Sixth year and upwards – one to two hours per day.

External Examinations

Students can elect to prepare for an external examination on their instrument. At Kincoppal – Rose Bay students sit for examinations set by the AMEB. However, if a student has previously been studying the Trinity or the Royal College of Music syllabi they can continue with these programs. Fees for exams set by the AMEB will be charged to the student's school account.

Music Books

Due to copyright reasons, music cannot be photocopied for students therefore music books and sheet music must be purchased. A number of music retailers offer a delivery service to home or school with a credit card payment. These suppliers include:

  • Zephyr Music (ph:9439 8900)
  • Allans Music (ph: 9283 7711)
  • Engadine Music (ph: 9520 3044).

Instrumental Hire

The school has some instruments available for hire at a reasonable rate. Hire from a third party can be arranged through the music department when required.

Performance Opportunities

Students are able to join the instrumental ensembles within the school once the basics of the instrument have been mastered. Kincoppal – Rose Bay has an inclusive philosophy towards ensemble membership, and students are encouraged to join the large and small ensembles at junior and senior school level as soon as possible. Individual instrumental teachers may present ‘Studio Concerts’ for family and friends to enjoy.

INSTRUMENT AND GENERAL INFORMATION

Piano

Students studying piano have either:

  • 30 x ½ hour lessons per semester (2 lessons per week)
  • 16 x ½ hour or 16 x 1 hour piano lessons per semester. Parents need to indicate the number of lessons required on the enrolment form.

Students require a piano or keyboard at home for regular practice. Boarders can practice daily in the Music Studios or the Performing Arts Centre.

We have a number of piano teachers available. Students are assigned a teacher by the Head of Music.

Pipe Organ

The pipe and electric organ is offered to students from Year 5 onwards. Eight x ½ hour lessons per semester are offered. Technical proficiency on the piano is an advantage for successful study of the organ.

Flute

To study the flute, the students need to be able to control their breathing and have basic hand and breath coordination. The flute can be studied from Year 3 onwards. The school has a number of flutes for hire, including student models with a curved head joint.

Clarinet, Recorder & Saxophone

Clarinet and recorder can be studied from Year 3. The saxophone (soprano or alto) can be commenced in Year 5.

Oboe & Bassoon

Tuition on these double reed instruments can be arranged. Students need to be in Year 5 or above.

Violin & Viola

Instruments in the string family require patience and perseverance in the early stages. Students need to have their fine motor skills moderately developed. Violin study is offered from Year 2 and viola can be commenced in Year 6 (depending on height of the student). The violin teacher can advise on the size of the instrument required. There are Junior and Senior String Ensembles within the school and students from Year 6 onwards are also warmly welcomed into the orchestra.

Cello

Study of the cello is offered for students from Year 2 onwards. The cello is always a welcome addition to ensembles. Cello Lessons are for 45 minutes.

Double Bass

The double bass is a wonderful instrument providing the harmonic foundation for any ensemble. Double bass can be studied from Year 4 onwards. The school has one1/2 size double bass and two 7/8s available for use.

Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Tuba and French Horn

Year 5 is the recommended age to commence the study of brass instruments. Tuition and instrument hire can be arranged for brass instruments.

Singing

Students may commence singing classes during Year 5 however the student needs to have reached a level of physical maturity as singing lessons stress breath control, diction and repertoire development and great care must be taken with the developing voice to ensure that it is not strained during the early years of study. By Year 9 students are expanding their vocal range and studying in greater depth. All students from Years 5 – 8 require consultation with the Head of Music prior to undertaking singing lessons, who will also appoint an appropriate teacher.

All singers are encouraged to join one of the school choirs.

Drums and Percussion

Students are offered instruction on the drum kit from Year 3 and the timpani drums from Year 6. 

It is not necessary to purchase a complete drum kit for practice in the first year. Most students purchase a practice pad and a set of drumsticks from one of the reputable music stores in order to begin to practise their drumming technique quietly at home.

Electric Bass Guitar/Electric guitar 

Students from Year 3 onwards can study the electric bass guitar/electric guitar.

Acoustic Guitar

The acoustic guitar can be studied individually from Year 3. Students need to purchase a guitar. The guitar teacher can advise parents on the size of guitar that is suitable for their child.

Musicianship

Musicianship is studied in a small group after school to enhance instrumental study. Musicianship is a prerequisite for 5th grade and above practical AMEB certification.

Please note that flute and reed instrument ensembles operate on a needs basis. 

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