Music in 2018

Music is an integral part of students lives at St Peters. As one of the most outstanding music programs in Australia, we are renowned for providing an engaging, exciting and empowering musical journey for all students from Junior to Senior School. Students are encouraged to explore a vast array of repertoire and have many opportunities to develop and excel in their craft. Students who undertake our curriculum music program consistently achieve exceptional results.

Individual Music Tuition

St Peters students may study musical instruments or voice. Lessons are offered on an individual and rotational basis. Most students have a 30 minute lesson however advanced students may negotiate a longer lesson time. Tuition is available in the following instruments in the upper school levels: Piano, *Pipe Organ, *Harpsichord, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double  Bass, Electric Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Saxophone, Euphonium, Percussion, Guitar, Voice and Composition. Please note that Voice, Percussion and Guitar are not available for below Year 6. Composition is available for Years 10, 11 and 12 students or as negotiated. AMEB Music Craft and Musicianship are also taught in small groups. *Students must have achieved an acceptable level on piano. 

Students come out of class for their individual tuition on an instrument and schedule a time in the following week for their lesson. This avoids missing any curriculum lesson more than once in four weeks. Students should use a buddy system for each class to collect any handouts, homework etc that were covered while they were absent. It is each student’s responsibility to catch up on the work missed, not the subject teacher's. Parents are encouraged to be in contact with their child’s teacher to support the relationship between student and teacher. Students must commit to each term’s tuition and fees. 

Fees are charged at the beginning of each term, and the term’s charges will apply once the student has commenced lessons regardless of the number of lessons attended. If a student fails to attend a lesson without adequate notice, a full fee will be payable. Parents will be invoiced by the instrumental teacher and will pay directly to that teacher. These fees can not be put on school fees accounts and are payable in advance. If tuition is not to continue for the next term, a minimum of four weeks’ notice in writing is required prior to the end of term, or four weeks tuition fees for the new term will be charged in lieu. Tuition Fees are payable at the minimum rate recommended by the Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland. These fees are $70 per hour /$52.50 per 45 minutes /$35.00 per 30 minutes (in most cases GST is not charged by our teachers). 

Music Craft (AMEB Preliminary) and Musicianship (AMEB Grade: 1 – 6)

Theory and Aural tuition supports a student’s progress on their instrument or voice and also compliments the curriculum program. Classes are in groups of approximately six students (although higher grades often have smaller groups). Lessons will be held before school (30 min lessons), at lunchtime (30 min lessons) and after school (30 mins, 45 mins and 1 hour lessons) on various days. Lesson times will take into account the times of ensemble rehearsals. Classes will be determined on basis of enrolments as at 25 January. Acceptance into the class of your choice may not be possible after this date. Students must commit to a class for the full course. Unfortunately, it is not generally possible to change lesson days  because of changed cocurricular commitments in Terms 2 or 3. Students will be advised via school email address of their class by the end of Week 2 and classes will start at the beginning of Week 3. Year 9 students wishing to enrol for Theory examinations must attend an Ironbark session after their examination. The five week interruption to theory lessons has a big impact on the students’ achievement levels. Tuition fees for AMEB Preliminary are $10.00 per half hour lesson, and for Grade 2 and onwards tuition fees are $15.00 for 45 minutes or $20.00 for 1 hour lessons. In addition there is a fee for the examination, and students will be required to purchase the appropriate work book from Shop 45.

For further information contact the Music Department.

Complete online enrolment

Tuition Booking

Complete online 2018 Instrumental and Vocal Tuition enrolment

Please complete your online enrolment prior to 18 January to ensure a prompt start to lessons in Week 2. 

Music Ensembles

Our choral and instrumental ensemble program is all-inclusive and very active, with a place for everyone to be involved. All students are encouraged to learn instruments/voice from our expert music staff, to sing or play in the wide variety of musical ensembles offered, and therefore, to take part in the rich and diverse musical life available to them at St Peters. Our senior ensembles frequently win state and national awards and have the opportunity to participate in international tours.

Senior and Junior High Ensembles

Chorale 
Mixed voices (Years 9-12) auditioned 
Rehearsals: Tuesday 6.00 – 8.00pm and Thursday 7.00 – 7.50am

Cantique
Female ensemble (Years 9-12) non-auditioned
Rehearsal: one morning before school 7.00– 7.50am

Saints And Singers
Male ensemble (Years 9-12) non auditioned
Rehearsal: one morning before school 7.00 – 7.50am

Junior High Songmakers
Mixed voices (Years 7-8) non-auditioned
Rehearsal: one morning per week 7.00 – 7.50am

St Peters Soloists
Advanced string players (Years 7-12) auditioned
Rehearsals: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.30pm and one morning per week 7.00 to 7.50am

Tchaikovsky Strings
String players (Years 7-12) auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.00pm

Perlman Strings
String players (Years 7-12) auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 4.30pm

Cello Orchestra
Cello players (Years 7-12) by invitation
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week

St Peters String Quartet
Advanced senior string players by invitation
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.00pm

String Quartets
(Years 7-12) by invitation
Rehearsal: one lunchtime per week

Neon Pulse:
(Years 7-12) by invitation
Rehearsal: one morning per week 7.00 – 7.50am

Symphonic Winds
(Years 9-12) Auditioned
Rehearsals: Wednesday 3.30 – 5.30pm and Friday 6.50am – 7.50am

Wind Ensemble
(Years 8-11) Auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.00pm

Concert Band 1
(Years 7-9) Auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.00pm

Senior Stage Band
Usually members of the Symphonic Winds by invitation
Rehearsal: one afternoon per week 3.30 – 5.00pm

Intermediate Stage Band
Usually members of the Wind Ensemble by invitation
Rehearsal – one morning per week 6.50 – 7.50am

Saxophone Ensemble
By invitation
Rehearsal: one lunch-hour per week

Brass Ensemble
By invitation
Rehearsal: one lunch-hour per week

Senior Percussion Ensemble
By invitation
Rehearsal – one afternoon 3.30 – 5.00pm

Junior High Percussion Ensemble
By invitation
Rehearsal: one afternoon 3.30 – 4.30pm

Drumline
Senior Percussionists by invitation
Rehearsal: one morning per week

Rock Bands (Limited Places)
Membership for 1 term only
Rehearsal: one lunchtime per week

Guitar Ensembles (Limited Places)
Rehearsal: one lunchtime per week

Upper Primary Ensembles

Some advanced students may be offered places in Senior School ensembles at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Belle Voce Upper Primary Choir
Non-auditioned Choir for Girls in Years 5 and 6
Rehearsal: one morning 7.30 – 8.15am

Forte Voce Upper Primary Choir
Non-auditioned Choir for Boys in Years 5 and 6
Rehearsal: one morning 7.30 – 8.15am

Corelli Strings
Years 5 and 6 String Players auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon 3.30 – 4.30pm

Amadeus Strings
Years 5 and 6 String Players auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon 3.30 – 4.30pm

String Quartets
By invitation
Rehearsal: one lunchtime per week

Concert Band 2
Years 5 and 6 auditioned
Rehearsal: one afternoon 3.30 – 5.00pm

Upper Primary Percussion Ensemble
By invitation
Rehearsal: one lunchtime per week

Lower Primary Ensembles and Tuition

Further Information for Lower Primary Years is available separately in the Lower Primary Years Music Handbook available at the Lower Primary Years reception. Information presentations for new and continuing parents will be held in Belfield Hall on Thursday 25 January at 8.20am.

Animato Voce
Non-auditioned choir for Years 3 and 4 singers
Rehearsal: 30 mins per week before school

Poco Voce
Non-auditioned choir for Years 2 and 3 singers
Rehearsal: 30 mins per week before school

Presto Players
Advanced string players from Years 3 and 4
Rehearsal: 45 minutes per week

Scherzo Strings
Intermediate players from Years 2/3/4
Rehearsal: 45 minutes per week

Super Strings
Junior players from Years 2/3/4
Rehearsal: 45 minutes per week

Auditions

Auditions place the students in the correct ensemble for their current skill level. All students who wish to participate in the music program will be included in an ensemble.

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Entry to the Upper Primary/Junior High/Senior School auditioned ensembles will occur after a short interview/ audition at the end of 2017 for current students or on Thursday 25 January for new students. Students are asked to play two short pieces indicative of their standard, scales and sight reading. Sign-up sheets for auditions will be available at the Performing Arts Centre. Students should refer to to student notices for further information.

St Peters Chorale Auditions

Auditions for new students (Years 9-12 only) will be held on Thursday 25 January from 7.30am - 12.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre. Sign-up sheet for auditions will be available on the noticeboard in the Performing Arts Centre during the first week of term. All other choirs are not auditioned.

Commitment to the Program

Parents are asked to support the College by ensuring that their children honour the commitment they have made to the  cocurricular program, and ensuring that they are available for all of the activities associated with their chosen ensemble(s) across all levels of the school. 

Information Sessions

Information sessions for parents are held at the beginning of each year. These sessions provide detailed information for parents. New parents to the music program are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions. All sessions are approximately one hour.

  • Tuesday, 23 January 9.00am in the Performing Arts Centre Theatrette (includes Performing Arts Centre tour); or 
  • Tuesday, 23 January 7.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre Theatrette (includes Performing Arts Centre tour).

Key Contacts

Christine Taylor
Co-Director of Cocurricular Music, Head of Choirs, Coordinator of Keyboard And Voice
c.taylor@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6279

Grantley Sutch
Co-Director of Cocurriucular Music, Head of Bands / Brass Coordinator
g.sutch@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6554

David Deacon
Co-Director of Cocurricular Music, Head of Strings
d.deacon@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6530

Susan Creese
Primary Music Coordinator
s.creese@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6557

Cherie Deacon
Coordinator of Strings (Junior School)
c.deacon@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6557

Mark Pradella
Woodwind Coordinator 
m.pradella@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6532

Kerry Jacobson
Percussion and Guitar Coordinator 
k.jacobson@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6207

Jenny Flottmann
Theory and Aural Skills Coordinator 
j.flottmann@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6279

Amanda Saffery
Music Administrator
a.saffery@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6279

Music Support Group (MSG)

The Music Support Group is a fellowship of parents and an integral part of the College community. Their purpose is to support St Peters students’ cultural and spiritual development within their participation in the music programs and to support the Music Department staff to promote musical excellence. It is not an onerous time commitment and is usually associated with an activity in which your child will be involved – for example, helping to organise and serve supper after a concert. Please contact the Music Department to register your interest in this group. A separate brochure for more information about this group is available.

On Friday 23 February, 2018 at 7.00pm the Music Support Group Meet and Greet Social Evening will take place at the Performing Arts Centre Amphitheatre for all music parents. Please join us!