Music News | Preparatory School

Music News | Preparatory School

Instrument Return

Year 2 students only who have been studying in the Compulsory Strings Program and are not undertaking private tuition are asked to please return their instruments to their teacher’s usual Teaching Studio by Friday 26th November.

Year 4 students involved in the Compulsory Band Program are asked to bring their instruments back to school and have their names checked off with Mrs Campbell by Friday Wednesday 1st December so the instruments can be sent for maintenance over the holidays ready for 2022.

Concerto Competition

The Concerto Competition Finals will be judged by Fiona Ziegler, Co-Principal of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This will take place as an online submission which will occur in early Week 9, with the results to be announced in the Head Master’s Bulletin on Friday 3rd December.  Thanks to Ms Louise Welsh who is assisting the Preparatory School boys with their video submissions.  Best wishes to all the finalists.

Instrumental Music 2022

New students to the Private Tuition Program please complete an enrolment form and email to Mrs Campbell before the end of this year to be placed on a waiting list. Tuition is available for the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Percussion, and Piano.

Click HERE for the Enrolment Form

Student Success

Congratulations to Jaemin Yoo Year 6 who recently competed in the Sydney Eisteddfod for 2021.  He was awarded Highly Commended on violin and viola in the Viola, Double Bass or Other Stringed Instruments – EXCLUDING Violin, Cello & Classical Guitar (12 & Under) Section. Well done.

Chapel Band – Year 6

Thank you to the Year 6 Chapel Band members for assisting in the recording for the Preparatory School Christmas Online Service and the Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Play. Thanks also to Mr Smith, Mrs Campbell and Mr Dangoor who were also involved in this recording.

Suzuki Method New Ensembles

Vacancies are available in 2022 for Suzuki Method music lessons on violin or cello with one of our accredited Suzuki Music teachers at the Preparatory School. Miss Vieira and Ms Chan are Suzuki violin teachers and Mrs McCluney is a Suzuki cello teacher.

The Suzuki Method is a holistic method of instrumental teaching that is based on the philosophy that every child has the potential to develop musical ability given the right environment, just as every child learns to speak their mother tongue in the supportive environment of their family. Emphasis is placed on training the musical ear from the beginning which is especially important for learning a string instrument.

Suzuki music lessons are especially effective when children start early, and boys are able to enrol in lessons from Pre-Kindergarten. Students will receive one private lesson per week during school hours plus the opportunity to participate in Suzuki Group Classes held before school.

Click HERE for more information on the Suzuki Method.

Enrolment forms can be obtained from the Music Centre and please specify Suzuki violin or cello lessons on the form. Please contact Ms Chan on for any questions.

Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble Audition for 2022

Auditions for new students to the above ensembles will be held in Week 1 on Thursday 3rd February from 3:15pm-4:15pm in Studio 8 (Mrs Palmer’s Teaching Studio). Students are asked to prepare all requirements for the auditions.  If you have any questions, please direct your enquiries to Mrs Campbell for Chamber Ensemble and Mrs Palmer for Chamber Orchestra.

Chamber Orchestra / Chamber Ensemble (new members only)

Audition Requirements:

  • Prepare one piece of your choice + learn:
  • The Third Grade Violin scales: B major Scale + arpeggio (2 octaves) – C melodic and harmonic minor Scales + arpeggio (2 octaves) OR
  • The Third Grade Cello scales: E flat major Scale + arpeggio (2 octaves) – C harmonic and melodic minor Scale + arpeggio (2 octaves)
  • Sight reading: will be given at audition

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

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