The Music Program at Essex Heights has plenty on offer, catering for students with a diverse range of interests and abilities. We have eleven dedicated, hard-working professional musicians who visit the school every week to teach instrumental music on a user-pays system. The instruments currently taught are:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Brass & Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
Keyboard and Piano
Guitar and Ukulele
Refer to the Handbooks for information about tuition and enrolment.
All lessons are undertaken either individually or in groups of two and keyboard is taught in groups of up to 8. Lessons focus on the development of technique and musicality including melodic and rhythmic reading, interpretation and aural training. Students learn pieces from a diverse spectrum of musical genres. They are encouraged to attempt AMEB practical examinations when they reach the appropriate level.
Throughout the year we hold numerous boutique concerts to encourage our students to perform as soloists and in small ensembles, such as the brass and woodwind concert, the string concert and the keyboard concert. Then towards the end of the year, the children perform in our annual music Showcase. The Showcase is highly anticipated all year and our students are given the opportunity to display their talents for their families and friends.
We also have many ensembles in which students may choose to participate. They include:
Concert Band, Contemporary Band, Chamber Strings, Junior Strings, String Quartet, String Trio, Essex Collaborative, choirs at all year levels after Prep, Marimba Bands from years 4 to 6, Snare Drum Group and Concert Band.
Rehearsals for these groups are held at various times through the week, mainly during class time and once again are designed and aimed at covering a wide range of skill levels and abilities.
We encourage performances in the community too and have recently had a variety of our ensembles perform at the Waverley Eisteddfod, Centro The Glen and the Elizabeth Gardens Retirement Home to entertain the residents. A highlight for the children!
The School classroom music program covers a large range of thematically-based activities which are designed to engage students and develop a lifelong passion for music. The curriculum is developed around the Victorian Essential Learning Standards with a strong emphasis on the enrichment of creative thinking, personal and interpersonal skill development fine and gross motor coordination and skills in logical thinking and sensory perception and application.
Children are especially encouraged to:
Activities exploring the fundamental elements of music and group work is highlighted. The children are encouraged to work co-operatively and discuss the steps and processes required to prepare for an audience.Parent participation and assistance is important to the Music Department as there are so many aspects and events that need planning and supervising. The Music Parents Support Group is a great way for parents to assist the program and enjoy all that we have to offer.