Music

The Mowbray Music Program

Our mission for the Mowbray Music Program

  • That all children enjoy making and learning music; and
  • That all children develop their playing skills

Mowbray Music is a subcommittee of the Mowbray Public School P&C Association.

We employ a professional musical director for each of the band and strings programs. Administration of the program is carried out by parent volunteers; if your child joins the music program you will be expected to assist in the running of the program.

General information

Ensembles

No previous musical experience is required to join our beginner-level ensembles – Super Strings and Training Band.

Ensembles rehearse once a week before or after school with a Conductor. Children have a lot of fun playing as part of a group and performing at school functions and music festivals. As your child’s musical proficiency develops, they will move on to more senior music ensembles.

Super Strings begin rehearsals in Term 2.

Lessons

Students are expected to be learning their instruments from a private tutor either through the Music Program or privately to keep the standards high.

Lessons should be attended once per week during term and students are encouraged to practise at home. Students who receive tuition through the Music Program must join an ensemble.

Instruments

Students can buy their own or hire an instrument through the Music Program.

Instruments are hired on an annual basis.

Fees

  • Program fees: $475* pa
    Includes ensembles, competitions, and incursions. Charged by Mowbray Music Program. *Discounts available for first year.
  • Tutorial fees: ~ $45 per lesson
    Charged by private arrangement with your tutor.
  • Instrument hire: ~ $220 pa
    Applicable where an instrument is required. Charged by the Mowbray Music Program

Mowbray Strings Ensembles

Super Strings (Beginners)

Commences in Term 2 during the first year of learning an instrument. Musicianship is fostered as children master their new instrument, learn to read music and play music together as part of an ensemble.

Junior Strings (Intermediate)

Junior Strings will take graduates from Super Strings. This is a transitional ensemble, to prepare students for our advanced ensemble, Chamber Strings.

Chamber Strings (Advanced)

After one to two years in Junior Strings, students graduate into Chamber Strings. Children remain in Chamber Strings until they are at the standard required to graduate to Camerata.

Camerata (Senior)

Camerata is Mowbray’s elite Strings ensemble. Entry to Camerata is open to students who have shown a strong commitment to the Strings program and who are of a certain standard.

Join the Strings

Strings is open to students in Year 1 and above.

Instruments available are:

  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass

Mowbray Band Ensembles

Training Band

Training Band is a beginner ensemble for woodwind and brass and percussion students predominantly from Year 3 who are in their first year of learning. It is designed to introduce the children to ensemble playing as early as possible so that they can develop the skills needed to play in the Concert Band.

Concert Band

Concert band takes graduates from Training Band who have been playing for one year or more on their chosen instrument.

Performance Band

Performance Band is Mowbray elite Band ensemble. Children progress to the Performance Band through the audition process at the end of Term 4.

Acceptance in the band is by invitation only.

The band has several performance opportunities each year including Eisteddfods and school performances.

Join the Band

Band is open to students in Year 3 and above.

Instruments available are:

  • flutes
  • clarinets
  • saxophones
  • trumpets
  • trombones
  • euphonium
  • tuba
  • bass guitar
  • percussion (drums, cymbals, xylophone, etc.)

How to join the Music Program

1

Register your interest

Fill in the form below to register your interest in the Mowbray Music Program.

2

Attend lessons and practice

Make sure your child attends his or her lessons and practices to stay in step with their fellow students

3

Watch your child grow

Watch your child experience daily improve along his or her instrumental journey.

Register your interest below

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