Students come out of regular classes to attend their lessons, for either 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The lesson will be rotated through a different time each week so that students do not repeatedly miss the same class. The only exceptions to this are:
- students with a diagnosed learning difficulty, who have an individual education plan which stipulates a fixed lesson time requirement
- students in Year 12 studying in the ATAR or IB Diploma pathway, who will be allocated a fixed lesson time during a scheduled study period or outside of regular class time
Music lesson times are set and published well in advance. We expect that all boys (and parents, for Junior School students) will monitor the lesson timetable and be prepared for lessons accordingly. Changes to lesson times may be requested by students in advance, in the following cases:
- when a lesson time clashes with an academic course assessment
- when a student is off campus as a College representative at a sanctioned event
Note: changes must be requested no later than two weeks (fourteen days) in advance. Note that changes are requests only and may or may not be approved.
To request a lesson time change, students (or parents) must email the Administration Assistant for Music & Events.
It is vital to every student’s ongoing progress and development in music that they attend lessons as scheduled. Boys in Year 6 and above are encouraged to make their own way to their lesson to make the most of their allocated time. Failure to do so will result in lost lesson time. Parents will be informed if their son has repeatedly not attended scheduled instrumental music lessons or ensemble rehearsals.
Music Practice Journal
All boys enrolled in instrumental music will be issued with a practice journal in which they will keep a daily record of their practice. It is the Music Department’s expectation that this journal will be signed each week by a parent or guardian. The practice journal is an excellent way to incorporate and link the instrumental lessons, practice and performances to the music classroom programme.
This important booklet has four main functions:
- A primary communication tool between parent and music teacher.
- A daily record of their practice and they must have this signed each week by a parent or guardian.
- Practice requirements are clear to the student, specific practice details are written into this booklet.
- As a reflective journal, boys are encouraged to enter personal comments into this book on a regular basis.
As a parent, you can enhance your son’s prospects for musical growth. Find a suitable place for him to practice – preferably equipped with a music stand and any other resources that may be required during the practice session. Help your son to establish a regular practice routine. Beginners, as a general rule, should practise 20 – 30 minutes per day. This amount increases with progress. Be encouraging to your son even if the sound being made is not yet music as you know it. Regular daily practice is essential to a student’s progress on a musical instrument.
Notification of Absence
Please direct all communication of absences to Music Administration at email@example.com. Tutor emails are available here. If you experience any difficulty contacting the tutor please contact Music Administration.
A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required if your son is unable to attend a scheduled lesson for any reason. If the boy is sick and inadequate notice is given, the lesson is not required by the tutor to be made up.
In the case of excursions, camps, exams etc. at least one week’s notice is preferable in order to enable the tutor to reschedule if possible. If a student cannot attend due to sudden illness, please inform the instrumental tutor directly. Any lessons missed without sufficient notice will count towards the year’s total of 32 lessons. Unfortunately no allowance can be made for family holidays.
In the case of injury, please contact Music Administration. In most cases, boys will be able to continue having lessons even if they are not able to play their instrument for a period of time. The instrumental tutor will work on aural skills, rhythm, theory, history and listening activities until instruments are able to be played again.
Cancellation of Instrumental Music Lessons
By enrolling in instrumental lessons boys are making a commitment to tuition, practice and ensembles for the duration of the calendar year. Discussions will need to take place between instrumental tutor and Music Administration if a boy is seeking to withdraw from the Music Instrumental Programme. One term’s notice will be required in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before lessons cease (ie. by the end of Term 2 to finish lessons at the end of Term 3).