Music Overview

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.

MUSIC INFORMATION

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.

Application For Instrumental Music Lessons

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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Concerts

 

Ensembles and rehearsal schedules

DAYSESSIONTIMEREHEARSAL
MondayBefore School7:30am - 8:30amAMCO, Percussion Ensemble 2
7:45amStanley St Big Band Brass Tutorials, Junior Vocal Ensemble
Lunch12:55pmCroonivores, Flute Choir, Grammarphones, Grammar Rock Junior, Junior Brass Ensemble 1, Big Band Brass Tutorials, Junior Wind Quintet, Keyboard Ensemble Jazz, Percussion Ensemble 4
After School3:00pm - 4:30pmSchool Orchestra
4:45pm - 5:45pmComposition Club Senior
Evening6:30pm - 9:30pmDr V's Swing Thing
TuesdayBefore School7:30am - 8:30amBig Band, Concert Band, Seymour Orchestra
Lunch12:55pmBassoon Ensemble, Drum Line, Electric Guitar Ensemble, Grammarphones Rehearsal 2, Junior Brass Ensemble 4, Stanley Street Big Band, Tárrega Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble 1, Sor, Clarinet Choir
After School3.00pm - 3.35pmJazz Combo Form III
WednesdayBefore School7:30am – 8:30amCantorum, School Choir
7:45am - 8.30amTommy Emmanuel Guitar Ensemble, Cambiata Jazz Improv Workshop
Lunch12:55pmLunchtime Concert, Jazz Combo Form V, French Horn Ensemble
After School3:00pm - 4:15pmSegovia Guitar Ensemble
3:00pm - 5:00pmMusic Extension
ThursdayBefore School7:30am-8:30amZephyr Winds
7:45am - 8:30amBig Band Saxophone tutorials, Rhythm Workshop, Grammar Rock Senior, Percussion Ensemble 5
Lunch12:55pmAguado Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo Form I, Jazz Combo Form VI, Junior Brass Ensemble 3, Percussion Ensemble 3, Tuba Ensemble
After School3:00pm - 4:30pmConcertante, Sheldon Strings, Stringendo, Ventus Ensemble
FridayBefore School7:30am
7:45am -
8.30am
Wind Ensemble
FV String Quintet
7:50amJazz Combo Form II
Lunch1:00pm – 1.40pmBrass Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble Rehearsal 2, Form II String Quartet, Jazz Combo Form IV, Cello Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Saxophony, Composition Club Junior, Croonivores Rehearsal 2

Lessons

1. Instruments Offered

We offer tuition in the following:

String DepartmentViolin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (steel string), Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar
Woodwind DepartmentFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Brass DepartmentFrench Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion DepartmentPercussion (Orchestral), Drum Kit
Vocal DepartmentSinging, Jazz Singing
Keyboard DepartmentPiano (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).

3. Timetable

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

Instrumental Lessons (40 minutes)$2,749.06  (for 30 lessons) (incl $7.00 for the Record Book)
Extra Instrumental Lessons
(in excess of the standard 30 per year)
$91.64 per lesson
Instrument Hire$230.00 per year
Musicianship Group Lessons$250.00 for the course and textbook

Please feel free to telephone me on 9332 5886 or email to rjw@sydgram.nsw.edu.au if you wish to discuss any of the above or if you have any queries at all.

Application For Instrumental Music Lessons

Robert Wagner
Head of Instrumental Music

 

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.

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 GradePass SecondMusicianship
Seventh GradePass ThirdMusicianship
Eighth GradePass FourthMusicianship
AMusAPass FifthMusicianship
LMusAPass SixthMusicianship

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.

Musicianship application form

 
 

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.

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 Dr Shahrzad Jahromi (President) on 0437 371 300 or at davidjmurphy@optusnet.com.au.

Music Association Application Form

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