Music has had a central place at Grammar for many years.
Boys learn one, and often two instruments, and have many opportunities to perform both in small ensembles and larger groups. The Music Department is very strong, both in terms of the quality of its teaching staff, and the quality of its facilities. We offer a number of music scholarships for outstanding performers.
Concerts: College Street Concerts.
Ensembles and rehearsal schedules: Weekly rehearsal schedule.
Instrumental and vocal lessons: Please note that enrolment in some instruments is subject to the fulfilment of prerequisite standards, and that places are limited in piano, saxophone and guitar.
Musicianship: Musicianship classes at College Street are offered in Grades 2-6. Private Musicianship lessons are available at all levels and may be relevant to boys wishing to study Grades 5 and 6 in conjunction with AMus and LMus examinations.
Music Association: For over thirty years, the Music Association has supported practical music in all its forms at the School. Performances such as the Scholars’ Concert, the Term Concerts, Form V Competition Finals Concert, the HSC Recital, and the Chamber Music Concert are a wonderful inspiration to the younger boys, and always provide engagement and stimulation for parents as well.
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Ensembles and rehearsal schedules
|Monday||Before School||7:30am - 8:30am||AMCO, Percussion Ensemble 2|
|7:50am||Stanley St Big Band Brass Tutorials|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Croonivores, Flute Choir, Grammarphones, Grammar Rock Junior, Junior Brass Ensemble 1, Percussion Ensemble 1, Big Band Brass Tutorials, Junior Wind Quintet|
|After School||3:00pm - 4:30pm||School Orchestra|
|4:45pm - 5:45pm||Composition Club Senior|
|Evening||6:30pm - 9:30pm||Dr V's Swing Thing|
|6:30pm - 9:30pm||Sydneian Bach Choir|
|Tuesday||Before School||7:30am||Big Band, Concert Band, Seymour Orchestra|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Bassoon Ensemble, Drum Line, Electric Guitar Ensemble, Grammarphones, Stanley Street Big Band, Tárrega Guitar Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble 4|
3.00pm - 3.45pm
|Jazz Combo Form III|
|Wednesday||Before School||7:45am||Cantorum, School Choir, Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Ensemble, Cambiata|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Lunchtime Concert, Jazz Combo Form IV, Saxophone Ensemble|
|3:00pm - 5:00pm||Music Extension
|Thursday||Before School||7:30am-8:00am||Zephyr Winds|
|7:50am - 8:30am||Big Band Saxophone tutorials, Rhythm Workshop|
|7:45am - 8:30am||Grammar Rock Senior|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Aguado Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo Form I, Jazz Combo Form VI, Junior Brass Ensemble 2, Percussion Ensemble 3|
|After School||3:00pm - 4:30pm||FI – FIII all other large instrumental ensembles, i.e Brass Choir, Concertante, Sheldon Strings, Stringendo, Ventus Ensemble|
|Friday||Before School||7:30am||Wind Ensemble|
|7:50am||Jazz Combo Form II|
|Lunch||1:00pm – 1.40pm||Grammar Rock Junior, Keyboard Ensemble, Jazz Combo Form V, Form I and II Cello Ensemble
|1:05pm||Composition Club Junior, Croonivores, Form VI Wind Quintet, Brass Quintet, Clarinet Choir|
|P7 - 3:30pm||Segovia Guitar Ensemble|
|P7 - 4:00pm||Senior Music|
1. Instruments Offered
We offer tuition in the following:
|String Department||Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (steel string), Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar|
|Woodwind Department||Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone|
|Brass Department||French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba|
|Percussion Department||Percussion (Orchestral), Drum Kit|
|Vocal Department||Singing, Jazz Singing|
|Keyboard Department||Piano (Classical/For Leisure), Jazz Piano, Pipe Organ, Harpsichord|
For a list of instruments offered, please refer to the list on the Application Form (previous page). Please note that enrolment in some instruments is subject to the fulfilment of prerequisite standards, and that places are limited in piano, saxophone, drum kit and guitar. Details are on the lesson application sheet. Musicianship classes (Grades 2 to 6 only) are offered principally for boys who are advanced instrumentalists sitting AMEB examinations. The AMEB sets Musicianship as a prerequisite for some practical examinations.
2. Instrument Hire
The School possesses a limited number of some of the above instruments available for hire for a period of one year. This gives the boys an opportunity to test their skill and interest, and delays the purchase of an instrument. However, after this period, parents are expected to buy an instrument (the more expensive instruments are usually excepted).
Lessons are given during the day on a system of rotation, whereby any one subject is generally not missed more than twice in a term, thus virtually eliminating any adverse effect on the school work. One lesson per week is given throughout the school year so that, even allowing for interruptions for examinations, excursions etc., boys will receive thirty lessons during the year. If time allows, extra instrumental lessons in excess of the standard thirty per year will be given and these lessons will be charged for on a pro rata basis. Priority for out of school hours lessons is given to Forms V and VI boys, and boys learning two or more instruments at the School
4. Progress and Ensemble Participation
Lessons will be continued only if a boy makes satisfactory progress, and this will be achieved by regular practice. When a boy has reached a satisfactory standard, he is expected to take part in a group activity appropriate to his ability—in most cases, a band, orchestra or choir. All boys learning piano will participate in either the choral programme or in an additional keyboard class. Such participation is mandatory for boys in Forms I to IV who learn an instrument at the School, but is not compulsory thereafter except for boys in Elective Music. The rehearsal schedule is published on the School’s webpage at: Ensembles and rehearsal schedules
5. Fees 2018
|Instrumental Lessons (40 minutes)||$2,603.89 (for 30 lessons) (incl $7.00 for the Record Book)|
|Extra Instrumental Lessons
(in excess of the standard 30 per year)
|$86.80 per lesson|
|Instrument Hire||$55.00 per term|
|Musicianship Group Lessons||$250.00 for the course and textbook|
Please feel free to telephone me on 9332 5886 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss any of the above or if you have any queries at all.
Master-in-Charge, Practical Music Studies
Musicianship classes at College Street are offered in Grades 2-6.
Private Musicianship lessons are available at all levels and may be relevant to boys wishing to study Grades 5 and 6 in conjunction with AMus and LMus examinations.
Musicianship is offered principally for boys who are advanced instrumentalists doing AMEB exams. The AMEB sets Musicianship as a prerequisite for practical examinations as follows:
|Practical Guide||Prerequisite Level & Course offered at Grammar|
|Sixth Grade||Pass Second||Musicianship|
|Seventh Grade||Pass Third||Musicianship|
|Eighth Grade||Pass Fourth||Musicianship|
It is therefore expected that advanced instrumentalists undertaking AMEB exams will study Musicianship in the Preps and/or be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge equivalent to that of Grade 1 Musicianship if wishing to enrol in Grade 2.
For over thirty years, the Music Association has supported practical music in all its forms at the School.
Performances such as the Scholars’ Concert, the Term Concerts, Form V Competition Finals Concert, the HSC Recital, and the Chamber Music Concert are a wonderful inspiration to the younger boys, and always provide engagement and stimulation for parents as well.
All money raised is used to help the Music Department to buy items needed or to help provide music tuition for boys when required. Concert tours, scholarships and prizes for boys are areas that receive great support from the Music Association. In recent years, the Music Association has contributed to the purchase of the School’s harpsichord, the new Bösendorfer grand piano in Big School and they sponsored the 2005 and the 2009 Opera House Concerts. The Association recently contributed to the funds to purchase the Steinway Model D concert grand piano for the John Vallance Hall.
We hope you will be able to join us. Please complete the attached form, together with your payment by direct debit or cheque made payable to SGS Music Association. We offer $150 Family Membership valid for the entire time that you have sons at College Street. Membership entitles ALL members of the family, including brothers and sisters, to attend all Music Association concerts. Please note that a nominal charge may apply for admission to other School concerts.
For any enquiries about the Music Association please ring Mr Enio Taurian (President) on 0419 479 649 or at email@example.com.