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As the newly appointed Acting Program Leader for Music, I'd like to thank those of you who have expressed support for the College Music program. I look forward to working with you, your sons, and the College Music staff. We are undergoing some changes this year and appreciate your understanding as we implement revised policies and procedures.

Our Music program is comprised of curriculum classes and co-curricular lessons and ensembles. Year 5 parents will have already received an email about the weekly curriculum classes. I'd like to take a few moments to explain our Co-Curricular Music opportunities, which include lessons and ensembles.

Ensemble participation is the highlight for all students in Music as it allows students to enjoy making music in a team environment. There are many opportunities for students who enrol in the ensemble program such as performances at festivals and competitions, marching on Anzac Day in a band, band tours both Nationally and Internationally just to name a few. Music extension lessons and ensembles commence in Week 3.

Students in Years 5 to 8 have an opportunity to extend their musical learning through individual or small group lessons. As part of their commitment to these lessons, students will also participate in an ensemble. Ensembles include the Year 5 Strings, Year 5 Concert Band, and Year 5 Percussion. There is also a String Ensemble and Junior Band to cater for older students.

Students in Years 9 to 12 are able to enrol in lessons across a broader range of instruments and participate in ensembles. These include the Show Band, Drum Corp, String Ensemble and Senior Vocal group.

To take advantage of the Co-Curricular Music program, please print out and fill in the relevant form and return it to the Student Office as soon as possible. Forms are also available from the Student Office in hard copy.

Mr Justin Hockey - Acting Program Leader - Music