Instrumental Music at John Paul College

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Instrumental Music

Performing Arts Philosophy John Paul College is a national leader in the Performing Arts. The Ngargee Centre offers a comprehensive performance program including music, cheer, dance and drama and is dedicated to excellence. Performing Arts is an integral part of everyday College life where music, dance, and drama play a key role within the curriculum. The highly qualified specialist teachers are dedicated to inspiring students to achieve to the highest levels. The College runs a highly successful cocurricular program incorporating music, cheer, choral, dance, and drama. At John Paul College, Performing Arts has three main teaching areas: classroom, co-curricular programs, and the Instrumental Music Tuition. All instrumental and vocal lessons take place in the Ngargee Centre purpose-built facilities that include classrooms, individual rehearsal studios, a dance studio and a music recording facility. The Ngargee Theatre also provides a state-of-the-art intimate auditorium for performances. Participation in such a diverse and active performance program instils qualities of co-operation, perseverance, and teamwork. The intellectual benefits of performance are extensive with many participants in the Performing Arts Program achieving a high level of academic excellence. We believe every student’s success is grounded in quality learning and teaching. At the Ngargee Centre, we strive to continue to promote resilience and foster wellbeing within our school community.



Co-curricular Programs The Co-curricular programs, that are able to be undertaken by any students, are one of the highlights of John Paul College.

Some of the events throughout the year include: • SIS Theatre Sports • SIS Performing Arts

The programs within The Arts cater for a range of student interest and are staffed by teachers and external experts in the field.

• The College Production • Arts Week • House Music Competitions

Once a student has been accepted and enrolled into John Paul College, enrolment into these programs can commence. Some of these programs have an additional cost.

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in all Co-Curricular events.

Within The Arts, the College offers significant enrichment programs that are open to all students.


Instrumental Music Instrumental Music Lessons are timetabled during the school day and rotate on a weekly basis to ensure students do not miss the same academic class each week.

John Paul College has a longstanding history of providing students with a large variety of musical experiences, both in and out of the school settings. Students in all year levels are encouraged to be actively involved in a wide range of musical activities including:

John Paul College classes operate on a 6-period-a day, two-week timetable. Students are expected to catch up on work covered in their academic class.

• Instrumental Music Lessons

VCE Students are encouraged to negotiate a fixed time with their Instrumental Music Teacher to avoid missing classes where possible. We offer lessons in the following instruments:

• Instrumental Music Ensembles • Performances in College Productions • Performances in Assemblies, Recitals,

Lunchtime Concerts, and Community Events

• Piano

• Performances in Arts Week

• Voice

Performances, Soirees, and Celebrations of Student Achievements

• Guitar • Bass Guitar

• Completion of Music Examinations including

AMEB, ANZCA, and Trinity College

• Drums/Percussion

• Preparation and Tuition for VCE

• Additional Instruments available upon

• Students who learn a musical instrument

Ensemble categorises the musical groups within the performing arts department committing students to relevant groups for the benefit of student development, experience, and college representation. Each instrumental music student is allocated to an ensemble. The Ensembles are a mandatory condition for all students receiving a music scholarship and are open to all students. To join an ensemble, students are encouraged to speak to the Arts Coordinator for further information.

and VET Pathways

request (contact the Arts Coordinator)

develop self-confidence, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem, and above all, an enjoyment of lifelong musical appreciation.

Overview The Instrumental Music Program is an important part of the John Paul College community. The program aims at creating a vibrant and engaging environment for students to learn.

Key Aspects of the Ensemble Program include:

Instrumental Music students are encouraged to become involved in the school community and foster friendships with students across all year levels through ensemble participation, while developing confidence in performance, presenting, and analysing.

• Approaching music-making as a

collaborative experience

• Acknowledging Instrumental Music

as a commitment to excellence

• Developing Interpersonal skills through

team work and leadership

• Providing a well-rounded musical

The Instrumental Music Program has two components:

experience for students

• Presenting music as a representational

Instrumental Lessons and Ensembles

platform for the College


JPC offers an ensemble-based Program whereby students learning vocals or band instruments are required to participate in a John Paul College Ensemble/Group. Students enrolling in the vocal tuition program are encouraged to join the JPC Choir. For all other instrumental students, they will each be assigned an ensemble upon successful enrolment. Each ensemble/choir will rehearse once a week and are guided by Teachers who will assist and guide students to the most appropriate ensemble at the commencement of tuition.

Application to Learn a Musical Instrument: For applications, please complete the web form linked below: Application to learn a Musical Instrument Policies and Procedures Fees The policies and structures of the John Paul College Music Department are set out below. I ask that you read the information carefully if you wish your child to participate in the Private Instrumental Music Program. Lessons are available on an individual basis or in a group of two students. Music Tuition Fees Individual Music lessons are 30min in duration and cost $38 per session. Group lessons (maximum of two to a group) are also 30min in duration and cost $25 per session. Students may be offered a 20-minute lesson instead of a group lesson which will be discussed with your instrumental music teacher. Lessons will be billed in blocks of 8 lessons and payment must be made to the instrumental teacher before lessons commence or by arrangement with the teacher. 8 Individual Lessons $304.00 8 Group Lessons $200.00



Student Responsibilities and Expectations • Inform the teacher if absence from a lesson is unavoidable at least 24 hours in advance. If a test, medical appointment, camp or excursion has been scheduled, the teacher must be advised at least two days before the lesson. Lessons should be rescheduled as soon as possible to ensure lessons remain as regular as possible. Do not assume that the Performing Arts teacher will be aware of tests or excursions that you/your child may be undertaking.

Inform the teacher if absence from a lesson is unavoidable at least 24 hours in advance. If a test, medical appointment, camp or excursion has been scheduled, the teacher must be advised at least two days before the lesson. Lessons should be rescheduled as soon as possible to ensure lessons remain as regular as possible. Do not assume that the Performing Arts teacher will be aware of tests or excursions that you/your child may be undertaking.

• Ensure music books and individual Music Record book is taken to each lesson.

Individual lessons -every effort will be made to offer the student an alternative lesson for the one missed if the advance notice has been received. If this cannot be achieved, then the next term’s account will be credited for the outstanding private lessons. If a private lesson is simply forgotten or the student neglects to inform the teacher before missing a lesson or the student does not attend the rescheduled make-up lesson, then this lesson will not be made up or credited.

• Know the time and day of the next music lesson. A timetable is displayed on the teacher’s studio door as well as in JPConnect. It is the student’s responsibility to check that the time and date of their next lesson is written in the Music Record book. • Check and read emails sent by the music teacher. • Attend each lesson – students will have the roll marked at the beginning of each music lesson and Ensemble. Consistent absences will have consequences that could have an effect on your enrolment

Group lessons – these lessons are a ‘per term’ charge. Should any of these lessons be missed, it is not possible to credit them. It is also not possible to make up group lessons as the lesson would have still occurred with the remaining students in the group. The number of group and lessons per term is determined by the number of private lessons charged per term.

• Students must return promptly to the College timetabled period after their instrumental lesson has finished. Absences Attendance by students at private, paired or group lessons are compulsory. Absence from school will be verified from the daily absentee list. Occasionally, students may miss a lesson due to a school commitment as follows:

John Paul College has a practice of notifying parents should the attendance or progress of any student deteriorate. If a student accumulates two unexplained absences from either their group or private lesson, Parents will be notified of the absences. If a third absence is recorded, the student will be referred to the Arts coordinator for a discussion which may lead to a possible suspension from the Program.

• formal assessment (as noted in the assessment calendar) • excursions/performances as part of the College Calendar • other events as noted on the College Calendar.


Instrumental Music Scholarships Lessons for successful applicants will commence at the beginning of the school year.

John Paul College has a vibrant, cutting-edge, proudly contemporary instrumental music program and would love to welcome your son or daughter. Instrumental music lessons have been proven to aid in self-esteem, heighten academic achievement and improve resilience levels.

Unsuccessful applicants are still highly encouraged to undertake paid lessons at the College. We look forward to welcoming your family into the music program of John Paul College!

John Paul College annually offers music scholarships to high performing students and students who show outstanding potential on a musical instrument of their choice. Instruments offered are: • Voice (Singing) • Piano/Keyboard • Guitar (Electric and Acoustic) • Bass Guitar • Drumkit There are five music scholarships offered annually. A music scholarship covers the cost of individual music lessons for twelve months. It is an expectation that students who receive a scholarship will regularly involve themselves in College music events and performances and act as brilliant ambassadors for John Paul College. In order to be considered for a music scholarship, please complete the following steps: • Complete the application form found on the College website. • Prepare one piece of music on your chosen instrument. • Attend an audition at the beginning of the school year (Your audition time will be sent to you upon submission of your application).



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