The Music Tuition Program from ELC to Year 12 is a structured program to help students develop a love of music in performing, playing and singing. As part of the Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Programs specialist tuition caters for a wide range of students tastes and learning styles. Each specialisation has its own traditions and pedagogy.
The Music Tuition Program is offered in each section of the School. Students may elect to learn any orchestral or concert band instrument covering the brass, percussion, orchestral string and woodwind families, keyboard instruments including pianoforte and harpsichord, fretted strings including guitar and electric bass, classical or contemporary voice and speech. For some instruments, the number of places is limited.
Tuition in a particular instrument may not be available if there are not enough students to fill at least half a day of teaching at Kew or Donvale.
The program includes tuition in music theory and musicianship.
This fee-for-service program for all of Carey is delivered by a number of specialist staff led by the Director of Music and the respective Heads of Music in each School.
Students elect individual, shared or group lessons on an instrument or voice, or music theory and musicianship. They study individual programs selected according to the interests and abilities of the student. Students are assigned work programs at a challenging level and performance goals according to the professional judgment of the teacher in consultation with the student and parents. Many students elect to enrol in external solo performance practical examinations; for example Australian Music Examinations Board, Trinity College (London) and Australian New Zealand Cultural Arts. Others perform in an internal examination.
Students may prefer to study ensemble or group works rather than solo works; all practice technical work and exercises as part of a developmental and sequential learning program. External examination authorities present reports of student's solo performance. Some students elect tuition on more than one instrument and many continue lessons over many years.
Students who want an intense study of music elect VCE Music Investigation in Senior School - a subject that integrates solo and ensemble performance with aural, composition and analysis of music, or IB Music - an integrated subject that also has a performance component.
Students are strongly encouraged to perform solo or with accompaniment at School assemblies, Chapel services and in the wider community. Some perform solo at music eisteddfods and festivals for additional performance experience and feedback.
Reports of student performance in internal practical music, music theory and musicianship examinations are created using a computer based report program and are included with other academic reports twice a year. Students who elect an external music examination in Term 4 are exempt from an internal solo performance examination and report.
Course outlines and instrumental tuition booklists are available from the respective music co-ordinators. Please contact the Music Office.
Curriculum planning, review and revision are constant and lead to continuous refinement. They are led by the respective co-ordinator of each department and the Director of Music. Student success in music performances and examinations along with statistics on the non-retention of students in this elective program form a part of the review process of the Carey music curriculum and administration.
A combination of sessional specialist teachers and salaried instrumental music teachers service this program.
Individual Music Tuition and Speech and Drama Program for Junior School Students
The individual Music Tuition and Speech and Drama Program is offered to Junior School students at a time in their schooling when they learn easily and can establish skills that are set for a life time of music making and enjoyment. Parents must apply for the Music Tuition or Speech and Drama Program through the Head of Junior School of the school their child attends. Once approval is given, these lessons are placed carefully in the school week to avoid missing literacy and numeracy lessons. Students wishing to learn two or more instruments apply for special permission using the same application form available on CareyLink.
Music record book
For each instrument/voice/speech elected, students will be provided with a Music Record Book. The cost of approximately $17 will be automatically billed at the April or mid-year billing. The book is essential for assisting students to work effectively between lessons and monitoring lessons given.
Sheet music, tutors, accessories and booklist
The prices and numbers of items required will vary from year to year and will also vary according to the needs and interests of the students. The items will also vary from instrument to instrument. These items can be purchased through the Carey Music Bookstore. The use of photocopies is a breach of copyright unless exempt by law. Purchase of sheet music ensures the composers and publishers are rewarded for their work and creativity.
Teachers will provide parents with a booklist for each instrument when they supply details associated with electing tuition in this program.
For further information please contact Mr Martin Arnold, Acting Director of Music
P: +61 3 9816 1261 F: +61 3 9817 6754, E: email@example.com