FAQs - Band Program
The Rozelle Public School Band Program is an extra-curricular program offered to children from Year 3 onwards. There are several concert bands in the program. Students start in the Training Band and as they improve can progress to the senior bands. Each band rehearses one morning a week before school. Students in the program also have a weekly lesson with a tutor which is scheduled during school hours.
It is coordinated by a committee that reports to the P&C. The Music Committee includes the Deputy Principal, th Instrument Music Program administrator, our band conductor, representatives from the Strings and Ukulele programs, and parent volunteers. The band program is funded primarily by participant fees.
What does being part of the band program involve for my child?
It involves weekly individual lessons on his/her instrument with a tutor at the school, weekly band rehearsals before school and performances at school assemblies, concerts and external music festivals.
Rehearsals are held once a week from 8am to 9am at school. Rehearsals are central to the student’s experience of the band program. Musical pieces are dependent on the contribution of all instruments, and regular absence makes it difficult and students may find they fall behind.
$ 180 Joining Fee (a one-off, non-refundable fee invoiced by the school).
$ 60 per term Instrument Hire Fee (invoiced each term by the school).
$ 60 per term Rehearsal Fee (invoiced each term by the school when the student commences band rehearsals).
Around $250-350 per term Tutors Fee (invoiced directly each term by the tutors)
The school and the committee are keen to have the band program open to all regardless of economic means. If you would like to discuss payment, please contact the School Principal, Stephanie Searle.
Each band performs regularly at the school assemblies, and twice a year at the Big Gig concerts held in the school hall. They may also participate in external music festival throughout the year and other community events (mostly Senior and Advanced bands)
The preferred option is to use the school appointed tutors. They have been carefully selected by the school and they know what to teach students for them to perform in the band. You can discuss this with the Band conductor if you have an external Tutor in mind.
You will be asked to provide a list of the preferred 2-3 instruments your child would like to play. It is not possible to guarantee that they will get their first choice as each band needs a balanced number of instruments.
The instrument will be issued during Term 1 at the Information and Maintenance evening. It is essential that you attend this evening to learn about the program, collect your instrument and lesson books, and to be shown most of all, how to look after your instrument.
Yes, they can use their own instrument or hire one from the school. We have a limited number of instruments for hire (thanks to donations and fundraisers). Students who progress to the senior bands are encouraged to purchase their own instruments to free up instruments for new members. From our experience, most students make a commitment to continuing and want to have their own instrument by this time.
Tutors’ lessons take place at the school, generally between the hours of 2 - 5pm. It does depend on the Tutor. Sometimes a lesson may be scheduled during the day. The lessons are organised at the beginning of the year. You are given a list of tutors to schedule a half hour lesson for your child. The aim is to minimise disruption to your child's day. However when you first begin in the program, the Instrumental Music Program administrator will organise the lessons for you to get you started!
Tutors teach children how to play their instrument and practice the music pieces that they will play with the band. These pieces are selected by the Band Conductor.
You will meet and be given your child’s tutor’s contact details at the Information and Maintenance evening. You can discuss your child’s progress with his/her tutor at any time.
The band program’s primary objective is to give children the experience of playing together in a band. As such, it is not designed to prepare your child to sit AMEB exams. There is oppurtinity for students to sit exams outside of the band program. More information is available from the IMP administrator on the exam process. Please follow the link for further information.
Instructions on how to maintain their instrument are provided when your child first joins the band. It is essential that new hirers (students and their parents) attend the Instrument Maintenance evening held in Term 1 or 2 for a hands-on demonstration of how to look after the instrument. If you have questions at any other time, you can also contact the instrument coordinators. You can also refer to the Rozelle Public School Instrument Policy.
Instruments hired from the school are covered by Department of Education insurance while it is on DET property (e.g. school) or being used for DET purposes (e.g. performance at an external venue). They not covered at other times (e.g. in transit or in the hirer’s house). It is advisable, that you insure the instrument as part of your home contents insurance for loss or theft.
You should get in touch with the Instrument Coordinator so they can assess the problem. They may check whether or not the repair is covered by the warranty and will give you advice on where to go to have it repaired. Hirers are required to arrange and pay for repairs if the instrument is 'damaged'. If it is general wear and tear of the instrument, then the program pays for the repairs.
The band program is reliant on the volunteer work of parents. The program could not run without it. Everyone is asked to be involved in some capacity throughout the year.
Ways to help include helping at weekly band rehearsals (a few hours a term), helping at events (e.g. setting up chairs, baking and selling cakes, handing out programs) or taking up a role on the committee.
|Music Director and Band Conductor *||Band rehearsals|
|School Coordinator *||Tutor timetables and tutor liaison|
|Instrumental Music Program administrator *||Communication and administration|
|P&C Liaison||Updates to P&C|
|Finance Coordinator||Budget and fees|
|Instrument Coordinators||Instrument hire and maintenance|
|Events Coordinator||Coordinating parents for events|
|Band Coordinators (1 for each band)||Rehearsal roster and communication to parents|
*not currently parent volunteer roles
To submit a suggestion to the P&C please click here . To have your submission reviewed please ensure it is submitted 7 days before the P&C meeting.