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 forty 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.
THE ORGAN, BIG SCHOOL
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Ensembles and rehearsal schedules
|Monday||7:30am - 8:30am||AMCO, Percussion Ensemble 1|
|7:45am||Stanley St Big Band Brass Tutorials, Junior Vocal Ensemble|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Croonivores, Flute Choir, Grammarphones, Grammar Rock Junior, Junior Brass Ensemble 2, Big Band Brass Tutorials, Junior Wind Quintet, Percussion Ensemble 2|
|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|
|Tuesday||Before School||7:30am - 8:30am||Big Band, Concert Band, Seymour Orchestra|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Tuba Ensemble, Drum Line, Electric Guitar Ensemble, Grammarphones Rehearsal 2, Stanley Street Big Band, Tárrega Guitar Ensemble, Sor Guitar Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Percussion Ensemble 3|
|After School||3:00pm - 3:35pm||Jazz Combo Form III|
|Wednesday||Before School||7:30am - 8:30am||Cantorum, School Choir, Cambiata|
|7:45am - 8:30am||Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Ensemble, Cambiata, Jazz Improv Workshop|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Lunchtime Concert, Jazz Combo Form V, French Horn Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble Jazz|
|After School||3:00pm - 4:15pm||Segovia Guitar Ensemble|
|3:00pm - 5:00pm||Music Extension|
|Thursday||Before School||7:30am - 8:30am||Zephyr Winds|
|7:55am - 8:30am||Big Band Saxophone tutorials, Rhythm Workshop|
|Lunch||12:55pm||Bassoon Ensemble, Aguado Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo Form I, Jazz Combo Form VI, Junior Brass Ensemble 3, Grammar Rock Senior, Percussion Ensemble 4|
|After School||3:00pm - 4:00pm||Cello Ensemble|
|After School||3:00pm - 4:30pm||Ventus Ensemble, Concertante, Sheldon Strings, Stringendo|
|Friday||Before School||7:30am||Wind Ensemble|
|7:50am||Jazz Combo Form II|
|Lunch||1:00pm - 1:40pm||Keyboard Ensemble Rehearsal 2, Jazz Combo Form IV, Cello Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Saxophony, Composition Club Junior, Croonivores Rehearsal 2, Keyboard Ensemble Jazz, Junior Brass Ensemble 1|
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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss any of the above or if you have any queries at all.
Head of Instrumental Music
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|
|Seventh Grade||Pass Third|
|Eighth Grade||Pass Fourth|
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.
The award of Colours is an achievement of outstanding merit and an acknowledgement of extensive commitment to the music programme in the senior years at Sydney Grammar School. The music activity being recognised must be relevant to School activities.
Form VI would be awarded in Term III of the Form VI year. Form IV and V are awarded at the end of the academic year. Colours in Music would appear on the blazer in a single line for the year (s) awarded: e.g. Music Half Colours 2021.
Colours awards are given to participants in Music according to the criteria set out below.
- This award is only open to boys in Form VI if they have met the award criteria.
Half Colours with Merit
- This award is only open to boys in Form V if they have met the award criteria.
- This award is only open to boys in Form IV if they have met the award criteria.
Music award criteria (Forms IV to VI)
- for membership and attendance in four or more regularly rehearsing master led ensembles or music activities as published by the Director of Music.
- School Orchestra
- Big Band
- Wind Ensemble
- School Choir
- Senior Rock
The Director of Music will post this list of ensembles and other Music activities on the Music noticeboard. This list will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Director of Music.
Recommendations for awards are made by a Colours Committee of three experienced masters, chaired by the Deputy Headmaster (Co-curricular). Nominations are made to the Committee by the Director of Music.
The Headmaster makes the final determination and reserves the right to grant or withhold awards on exceptional grounds as he sees fit regardless of the published criteria which may also be altered at any time without notice.
For over forty 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 Christopher Brew (President) on 0410 511 154 or at email@example.com.
With the restrictions of live concert due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Music Association have been unable to collect donations at the door for the many concerts held at Sydney Grammar School during the year. This has been our main fundraising activity in the past.
We have been lucky to still be able to enjoy some of the concerts that your boys have been involved in virtually. We would appreciate donations from SGS families who are able to do so. This money will enable the Music Association to continue supporting and contributing to the many musical activities of your boys and the Music Department.
We are grateful and appreciative of any amount families are able to contribute. Thank you for your time, consideration and generosity. We all hope that live concerts will be able to resume in 2022.
Christopher Brew (Music Association President)