Limited vacancies available.
Currently there are a number of limited vacancies in Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Guitar, Drums, and Piano.
If you are interested in learning a musical instrument within the School Instrumental Program now is the time apply. For full details of program see below.
Instrumental Music Program 2022
So much more than just Music Lessons
Gisborne Secondary College gives students a range of musical experiences that focus on student participation in a variety of ensembles and weekly lessons. The program operates from the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) which includes the Barcham Theatre, a rehearsal room, three practice rooms, two classrooms and a dance/drama studio. It should be noted that during times of remote learning the Instrumental Program successfully functions as an online platform as it did in 2020 and 2021.
Activities that students can participate in include a major performance at the end of semester one, lunchtime concerts, Soirees, and the very popular “Play for Pizza” afternoon. Students can learn a range of instruments including voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, euphonium, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, guitar, bass guitar, banjo and drums. Some instruments are more popular, in some cases; the number of students applying may be higher than the places available.
For this reason, students may be placed on a waiting list if not already allocated a place. Alternatively, students are encouraged to trial their second or third preference instrument. Instrumental tutors will invite the interested students on the waiting list for a trial lesson as these places become available. Please do not pay for lessons until you receive a written confirmation of lesson allocation. Payment is then expected within 2 weeks of lesson commencement.
Rules of the program:
Lessons Fees per semester:
$200 for 30 minutes – Group lessons
$300 for 30 minutes – Individual lessons
Fees are payable per semester
Instrument Hire: $150 per semester
New students to the program may have one demonstration lesson with the instrumental tutor. After this lesson, fees and instrument hire fees must be paid one semester in advance before instruments are allocated and lessons commence. Places in the lessons/instruments will be held for two weeks from the date of the demonstration lesson before being offered to other students. Alternatively, a payment plan can be organised with the Finance Office.
Continuing Students will need to pay one semester in advance before lessons commence. Students have two weeks from the first day of term 1 to pay for the semester before they are placed back on the waiting list and their lesson time allocated to other students.
Ensembles take place at various time in the Performing Arts Centre. The purpose of the ensemble program is for students to develop a range of performing skills in a group setting as well as gain confidence and make new friends.
- Production Band
- Music Theatre (vocal group)
- Guitar Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
Participation is highly recommended and encouraged. It is an expectation that once a student commits to an ensemble they attend rehearsals as regularly as possible.
Instrumental tutors will advise students of their ensemble placement and check attendance regularly.
Lessons are timetabled on a rotating basis during class time and timetables will be placed on the Performing Arts Centre windows. Lessons are normally for half a period. This means that students do not miss the same subject more than once.
Instrumental Music tutors are not expected to find students, and students who regularly miss lessons may be asked to discontinue in the program to make room for students on the waiting list.
Students who miss lessons due to a College Event, Camp, illness or tutor’s illness will have their lessons credited. Students present at school who fail to attend their lessons will not be credited. It is the responsibility of the student to be punctual and organised. It is at the tutors’ discretion to make up lessons.
During the year, a number of performances will be organised both during school time and evenings. If a student cannot attend, we ask to be informed as soon as possible. Families will be notified of performance dates as soon as they are arranged via newsletters and letters home.
Most instruments will require consumables (reeds, strings, oil, drumsticks, plectrums etc.) The instrumental tutor will advise. These items will available for purchase at the college. Prices vary from $1- $20 depending on the item. Alternatively, you can purchase them from a music store.
Students will be expected to buy a Tutor Book as advised by the tutor. In most cases these will be available at the college and may cost between $20 and $35.
For those students in their 2nd year of lessons on any instrument it is advised to work on a Music Theory Workbook of the appropriate grade even if not wishing to do the exam.
All students will be encouraged to enter for AMEB or ANZCA exams in Music Performance or Music Theory/ Musicianship. Ask your instrumental tutor for further details such as costs, dates and other requirements. We look forward to working with your student in the Music Department.
Please contact the College if you have any questions or would like to change your student’s instrument preferences.
Instrumental Music Coordinator
Head of Music