Year 5 Instrumental and Vocal Music Program

Music gives a Soul to the Universe

Musical training helps students to develop language and reasoning.

Music is a science – it is exact, specific and demands precise acoustic execution.
Music is mathematical – it is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions.
Music is a foreign language – a highly developed visual and aural shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.
Music is a physical education – it requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, facial and core body muscles which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is art – it allows a human being to take all these techniques to create emotion.

 

Introduction to the Year 5 Instrumental and Vocal Music Program

Whether your son has participated in music before or not, the Year 5 Instrumental and Vocal Music Program is the best pathway to become part of the musical life at Iona College.

In the first few weeks of Term 1, the boys will take part in aural tests and trials in each voice and instrument type to gauge their physical suitability.  Following this, an offer will be made to each student to learn a voice or instrument that gives them the best chance of success, based on their preferences, trial results, physical suitability, prior experience, and availability of places across the program.

Music participation is known to have multiple benefits for young minds, supporting physical and neurological development, mental health and social skills. It actively shapes students’ study skills through participation, strengthening their abilities in self-regulation, personal organisation and perseverance.  But more than this, being part of a musical ensemble provides a community that supports and encourages growth, leaving students with experiences that will last a lifetime.

For more details about the College’s music program, please refer to the Instrumental and Vocal Music Handbook on the Co-Curricular Music page or 07 3906 8908.

 

Music Fees

Enrolment in the Year 5 Instrumental and Vocal Music Program is a full year commitment, including one year of group lessons and participation in an ensemble (guitar ensemble, string ensemble, vocal ensemble or wind orchestra) during class time.

Group Lessons per semester $330

Semester 1 – invoiced in Term 2 school fees

Semester 2 – invoiced in Term 4 school fees

Instrument hire $105 per Semester, when required

Percussion levy $35 per Semester, when required.

Please note: Iona College does not have guitars or bass guitars for hire.  Boys are expected to own their own guitars.

All sheet music and equipment packs will be available through the Music Department. Additional purchases may be made through the Uniform Shop or your local music store.  These packs contain the essential items for every beginner students as well as anything optional.  the basic packs range in price from approximately $30 – $90 depending on the instrument.

With access to the highest quality teachers in Queensland, this cost represents extremely high value and cost return compared to other schools or sourcing these resources and activities externally, reflecting our Oblate mission to make excellent education as accessible as possible.

 

Instrumental and Voice Options

Your son will have the opportunity to choose from the following instruments.  Please explore each of these demonstration videos together with your son and complete the confirmation of interest form below giving details of your son’s musical experiences to date and number your top ten preferences for voice and instrument types.  It is important to explore all the videos as there may be instrumental and vocal options you have not encountered on their own before and your son’s interest in how they sound can be a key determinant of success.

 

Voice and Instrument Preferences

Together with your son, please complete and submit the following Confirmation of Interest Form:
  • I would like my son to participate in Year 5 Instrumental/Vocal Music Program
  • Has your son participated in classroom music courses previously?
  • Has your son participated in Choir previously?
  • Has your son learnt a musical instrument previously? If yes, please enter the instrument and for how long (in 'Other' Field).
  • Does your son own his own instrument?
  • Please browse the videos that demonstrate each of the voice and instrument opportunities offered.

    Together with your son, please rate each instrument out of ten (1 - 10) to indicate your son's preference, with 1 being highly preferred and 10 being least preferred. You may have more than one instrument as a first preference.

    Students' preferences are an important way of determining their interest in certain sounds, so it is important to watch all the demonstration videos to see all the options available. We combine this information with aural tests and physical trials on each voice and instrument type to find the stream that will give them the best chance of success in music performance. This means that a student may not receive an offer for their highest preference - offers are based on a balance of preference, physical suitability, experience and places available across the entire program.
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