Beauty and the Beast
Success Primary School is included in the Department of Education’s instrumental music tuition scheme. Year 4 students are considered for tuition in Year 5 and 6. This is a selective program and there are limited vacancies.
Many pleasures and benefits can flow from participation in instrumental music. However, instrumental music skills do not bloom overnight! They are built carefully and steadily over a number of years, and success in the program requires sustained commitment by both children and parents.
Students are given weekly lessons in small groups by a qualified teacher/musician employed through the Department of Education’s Instrumental Music School Services (SIM). There is no charge for tuition, which is conservatively valued at $1,500 per annum. In order to make progress, daily home practice is also essential. Parents have a vitally important and active role to play in encouraging their child to make this commitment. As the child progresses, practice time will increase. When ready, s/he will be expected to participate in an instrumental ensemble that rehearses out of school hours and undertakes performances in the school and community, often also out of school hours.
A district-wide meeting of the parents of children who receive an offer will be held. Parents will be sent details from the school prior to this meeting and will have the opportunity to meet the instrumental music teachers and ask any questions they may have. It will ensure that they fully understand both what is offered and the commitment that they and their child will be making before final acceptance.
For general information about the Department’s instrumental scheme and its operation, you can access the School of Instrumental Music web-site at www.sim.iinet.net.au