The Instrumental Music Program at Moorooka State School is very established. Education Queensland provides free Instrumental tuition by highly qualified Instrumental Teachers who are specialists in Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion tuition. Students who successfully apply for a place in the program are taught in small groups for one 30 minute lesson per week during school time.
• Students from Grade 3 may apply to learn Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass;
• Students from grade four may apply to learn Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba or Percussion.
All of these instruments (with the exception of glockenspiel (percussion)), are initially provided for hire by the school for a cost per year of $85 to cover the costs of repairs and servicing. There is an additional Music Levy of $35 for all music students to cover the costs of purchase of music, photocopying, etc.
When ready, students are expected to participate in ensemble rehearsals. The String Orchestra currently rehearses on Friday mornings before school, from 7:45 – 8:30am. Instrumental music students at Moorooka SS perform regularly at school and community events throughout the year, including the school Fete and Performing Arts Night.
There is a comprehensive application process involving the student, parents, classroom teachers, music teacher and instrumental teachers. The students and the families need to understand that a considerable commitment of time and effort is required to ensure success over many years. Unfortunately not all students who apply will gain a place in the program, but there's always next year!