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Extra-curricular Music (Open to all Students)

Choral Program (Years 3 - 6)
Middle Park State School has a very strong and dynamic Choral Program, with a focus on a wide repetoire of styles ranging from traditional to modern.Presentations include movement (choralography) and the use of instruments for special effects. Both Junior and Senior Choirs perform regularly at School Assemblies, at the annual Performing Arts Evening, at Departmental initiatives such as Singfest and Fanfare and at community events and competitions, at which they have won several awards.
 
Extra-curricular Music (Selective Programs)
 
Instrumental Music Program
 
Strings
Instrumental music is an extra-curricular option of our music program here at Middle Park State School. Mr Matthew Hoey (Instrumental music Teacher) visits the school weekly to teach the students on the violin, cello, viola or double bass. In year 2 the children sit a physical and aptitude test with the music teachers. They are then given an offer to participate in the strings program.

In year 3 the children begin the strings program. Departmental instruments can be borrowed from the school or instruments can be hired or purchased through local music stores. Parents and children are invited and encouraged to attend the information evening prior to accepting the position within the program. The music staff outline the expectations of the entire program.
 
Group lessons are held during class time once a week and last for thirty minutes. Additionally, from term three onwards students participate in an ensemble that rehearses outside of school hours. Rehearsals usually run for one hour before school, one day per week.
 
The ensembles participate in performances both within and outside of school, as well as in competitions. There are usually between three and four outside school hours peformances a year. Attendance at these events is a condition of being in the program.
 
Children who are part of the program are expected to participate fully. This includes a commitment to regular practice, attending lessons and performances and caring for their instrument. A satisfactory rate of progress is expected. Children who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the program so that other children may be offered a place.
 
Concert Band
Tuition is provided by a specialist Instrumental Music Teacher on woodwind (flute,clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba) and percussion (tuned and untuned)instruments.Students in Year 4 have the opportunity to be selected for the Band Program. Students are assessed at the end of Year 3 and selected students are offered a place in the program.Lessons take place weekly in a small group of 3-10 students. The Year 4 beginner students participate in Junior Concert Band, Monday mornings before school. The continuing students in Years 5 and 6 perform in the Senior Concert Band which rehearses Wednesday mornings before school. Both ensembles perform regularly at School Assemblies,the annual Performing Arts Celebration Evening and at;competitions such as Fanfare and the Brisbane School Bands Festival.