We also need to assess each child's physical make up (arm length, lips, teeth, hands, general robustness etc) as each instrument makes specific demands of its player, sometimes in surprising ways (eg. A flute takes more puff than a tuba - to blow not to carry!) It is also apparent that certain personalities are best suited to particular instruments. In a successful match an instrument becomes an extension of the player and does not cause mental stress. Rather it should be a continuing stimulation of what is natural to each child's brain.
In order to advise you and your child correctly, an assessment of your child's physical suitability will be made. Your own assessment of your child's mental readiness is vital - all information you can offer about your child is useful in this process (see attached questionnaire). It is a combination of the information presented in the questionnaire and the band's assessment that will enable us to match the most suitable instrument to your child. Please be prepared to accept the recommendation made by our Training Band conductors Kelvin and Natalie who will be assessing each child who is keen to join the program.
For most children, belonging to a band is a vital part of learning music. It is exciting and motivating to play with others and a professional conductor. However, the commitment is a serious one and they must be willing to:
In addition, band fees are to be paid. Band is an extra curricular activity that is not funded by the school; it is run and supported by a volunteer parent committee and the P&C. Band fees cover professional band conductors' salaries, music scores, competition entries and operational costs. School Instrument Hire covers equipment maintenance and purchases. These fees are essential to the running of the band as it is self-funding and are non-refundable once the commitment is made to join band and the fees are paid.
Band fees are usually paid on either an annual or semester basis (Term 1 & Term 3), but we can offer a flexible payment plan to enable parents to budget for the fees involved. Arrangements for fee payments can be made by contacting the Band Treasurer, Susie Wu.
Over the course of the year our bands regularly perform at numerous local and regional events. These include performances at key school events and assemblies, participation in local competitions including the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and the North Shore Primary School Festival, as well as performances at prestigious venues such as the Chatswood Concourse. In 2015 our Jazz Band was one of the first ever primary school performances at the Manly Jazz Festival, and we're on again this year!