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Music 


Contact            Chris Hunt    chris.hunt@ccgs.nsw.edu.au

Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished musician, there are many opportunities to connect with music outside the classroom.  Students from Kindergarten up can learn an instrument or join an Ensemble, Choir, Orchestra or Band. With 'International tours have included trips to USA, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.' Whatever your  interests or abilities, you can make music at CCGS.

Private Tuition 

Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 can take advantage of an outstanding team of private tutors who are all accomplished professional musicians.  Individual needs, interests and capabilities are catered for across 19 instruments plus voice, composition, conducting and musicianship.  Lessons are normally scheduled within school hours by arrangement with the tutor.

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Activities 
Age
Range 
 Ensemble  When
 and Where
Special
Conditions  
K-2 Infants Choir
For all infant students who enjoy singing
Thurs, 7:45 – 8:30am P7
Kindergarten students are invited to join from Semester 2
Y3-6 Junior Choir
Open to all students who like to sing.  The choir performs a range of songs and is ideal for the development of young voices.
Fri,
7.30 - 8.30am
P7

Y3-6 Junior School String Ensemble
For all students who play violin, viola, cello & double bass. Students who have been learning for at least 6 months or have continued from the Year 3 Strings program are encouraged to join.  The music performed is chosen to suit the students’ range of abilities and to develop technique and ensemble skills.
Mon, 7:30 – 8:30am P6
Members are expected to be having tuition on their instruments.
Y4-6 Junior School Concert Band
For all woodwind, brass and percussion players.  Students who have been playing for at least 6 months or have continued from the Year 4 Band program are encouraged to join.  The music performed is chosen to suit the students’ range of abilities and to develop technique and ensemble skills.
Tue,
7.30 - 8.30am
P6
Members are expected to be having tuition on their instruments.
Y3-6 Junior School Guitar Ensemble
For all students who learn guitar. The music performed is chosen to suit students’ abilities and to develop reading and ensemble skills.
Thur,
7.30 - 8.30am
P2
Members are expected to be having tuition on guitar.
Y4-6 Junior School Percussion Ensemble
Generally open to students learning piano or percussion to experience performing tuned and untuned percussion instruments and to develop ensemble skills.
Tue,
lunchtime
P1
Members are expected to be having tuition on piano or percussion.
Y7-12 Senior Choir
Open to all students who like to sing.  The choir performs at functions and concerts with a variety of repertoire and styles.
Wed,
7.30 - 8.30am
in P7

Y7-12 Man Choir
Open to all boys who like to sing.  The choir performs at functions and concerts with a variety of repertoire and styles.
Thur,
7.30 - 8.30am
in P3

Y7-12 Senior String Ensemble
For all students who play violin, viola, cello & double bass. The music performed explores the wide range of repertoire for strings and supports students in developing technique and ensemble skills.
Weds,
3.15 - 4.15
in P7
Members are expected to be having tuition on their instruments.
Y7-12 Senior Concert Band
For all woodwind, brass, and percussion players.  The music chosen covers a broad range of styles and is aimed at developing students’ technique and ensemble skills.
Wed,
3.15 - 4.15pm
in P6
Members are expected to be having tuition on their instruments.
Y7-12 Intermediate Guitar Ensemble
The music performed is chosen to suit students' abilities and to develop reading and ensemble skills.
Tues,
7.30 - 8.30am
in P2
Members are expected to be having tuition on guitar.
Y7-12 Senior Vocal Ensemble
Offered as an extension to members of Senior Choir to perform advanced choral repertoire.
Tues 7.30-8.30am in P3 Members are required to be in Senior Choir. Entry by audition at the start of year or when positions are vacant.
Y7-12 Symphony Orchestra
Performs advanced orchestral repertoire and will perform at many functions, concerts and competitions throughout the year.
Wed, 4.30-5.30pm
in P6
Members are required to be in Senior String Ensemble or Senior Concert Band. Entry by audition at the start of year or when positions are vacant.
Y7-12 Stage Band
Offered as an extension of other ensembles for players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar and bass guitar as well as vocalists. The band performs jazz, rock and popular styles.
Fri,
7.30 – 8.30am
in P6
Members are required to be in Senior Concert Band; guitarists will be selected from the guitar ensembles and vocalists will be selected from the choirs. Entry by audition at the start of year or when positions are vacant.
Y7-12 Senior Guitar Ensemble
For advanced guitarists, performing in a range of styles from classic to contemporary.
Tues, 7.30-8.30am
in P7
Entry by audition at the start of the year or when positions are vacant.


Participation in Ensembles

CCGS offers a wide rang of Cocurricular Music Ensembles to create as broad a musical experience as possible.  Performing in an ensemble gives the opportunity to consolidate and improve musical abilities as well as developing listening and cooperative skills.

All students who are enrolled in Private Music Tuition at CCGS and any students studying Elective Music in Year 9 and above are expected to take part in Cocurricular Music Ensembles. Students who learn music outside the school are also encouraged to join. Many students participate in more than one ensemble to take full advantage of what is on offer.

Ensembles perform many times throughout the year including Cocurricular Music Concerts each semester, Service and Assemblies, Spring Fair, Grandparents Day, Presentation Day, and Speech Night, as well as community events, workshops, festivals, eisteddfods and competitions. 

Expectations

As with other cocurricular activities, music is a team effort and to be successful, needs the cooperation of every student. Generally students are expected to remain in keeping with the Central Coast Grammar School general code of conduct during rehearsals. For music rehearsals students are required to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Members of cocurricular ensembles are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. If students are unable to attend, a note from parents is to be given to the relevant Ensemble Manager, preferably in advance. 
  • All instrumentalists are expected to arrive 5-10 minutes before the rehearsal starts. This allows time for setting up and tuning. 
  • No food is to be taken into rehearsal rooms. 
  • Play/sing when instructed to, not when the conductor is speaking. 
  • As part of their conduct for rehearsal, it is important that students also practise their music at home regularly and come to rehearsals prepared. 
  • Students are normally expected to remain committed to their ensemble for the entire year. Conflicting activities should be brought to the attention of the Conductor as soon as possible. 
  • Students who repeatedly choose not to follow the above guidelines will be warned and then asked to leave the cocurricular program should their behaviour not improve.