The Glass House Mountains State School community proudly supports its Instrumental Music Program in which tuition is provided by a qualified music instructor in Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments. As well, the program provides students with experience in concert bands.
Instruction is provided in the following Musical Instruments:
- French Horn
- Snare/Brass Drum
The school has a limited number of instruments for students to hire. The Instrumental Music teacher allocates these instruments to students who display the most potential during interviews and the aptitude test. After having a loan of a less expensive school instrument (trumpet, flute and clarinet) for 12 months, students are expected to purchase their own instruments.
More expensive instruments (French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Bass Clarinet, and Tenor Saxophone) are offered to students for hire for the term of their participation in the program.
Parents considering the purchase of an instrument should consult the Instrumental Music teacher before making the purchase. If you already have a suitable band instrument, please bring it to the Instrumental Music teacher for appraisal.
Group lessons of 40 minutes per week are provided to all Instrumental Music students. In addition, students will be required to participate in outside school hours' rehearsals in Concert Band, Orchestra and Ensembles.
Departmental policy recommends the following minimum year level requirements for entry into the Instrumental Music Program. Woodwind, Brass, Percussion Years 4 to 6 in 2021.
It is of the utmost importance that students are carefully selected in order to avoid frustration or a sense of failure on the part of the student. Consequently, students will be selected for the program according to the following criteria.
- availability of instruments
- musical aptitude
- student commitment to daily practice and to regular attendance at lessons and band rehearsel
- physical characteristics relevant to the instrument
The Instrumental Music teacher assesses beginning student's progress after a probationary period of one year and recommends to students/parents continued involvement or otherwise. Written assessment of each student is completed at the end of each semester.