3AMPedAMPed (Accelerated Music Program) is an award winning academic program that sees student’s accelerated through their curriculum program to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of music theory, techniques and aural work. The program starts in Yr 8 and in their fifth year (Year 12) they go on to complete their senior music plus a one year Extension Music subject. Both subjects will gain them QCE points and be considered in the calculations of OP’s at the end of their secondary schooling. To enable students to be accelerated through their studies they MUST be an active member to the Instrumental Music Program, attending lessons, rehearsals and performances. During classroom lesson time students will study (on-line) for AMEB Theory exams which will be undertaken at school. The students must pass these exams to be eligible to stay in the program.
4Music EnrichmentME (Music Enrichment Program) sees student’s who have gained music knowledge and skills through involvement in primary school instrumental programs and/or private lessons, grouped together so as to promote higher level learning due to their enhanced base knowledge. The curriculum program helps to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of music theory, techniques and aural work. The program starts in Yr 8 and they can choose to continue music to Year 12 as well as undertaking Music Extension if they wish.Both subjects will gain them QCE points and be considered in the calculations of OP’s at the end of their secondary schooling. To enable students to be progress through their studies they MUST be an active member to the Instrumental Music Program, attending lessons, rehearsals and performances. During classroom lesson time students will study music theory based on AMEB Theory curriculum. They can then choose to sit the exams (on line - privately arranged) but do not have to, to be a member of this class.
5Instrumental Music Tuition Education Queensland provides instrumental tuition as a part of a Music Program. The Gap SHS offers small group tuition in the following areas:Woodwind: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, All saxophones.Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Baritone.Percussion: Mallets, Untuned percussion, Drum Kit.Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Base.Students, who sign up for lessons, are required to attend one lesson per week as per timetable details on the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) notice board. Lessons take place during school class time on a rotational basis, which should result in students only missing two to four lessons of a particular subject per term.Students receiving tuition at school are required to participate in at least one school ensemble once they have reached the required level of proficiency.
6Percussion Lesson Timetable Below is an example of an instrumental tuition timetablePercussion Lesson TimetableMr Jarrott
7CommitmentAlthough being a member of the music program is voluntary, a high level of commitment and reliability is expected. Students must be committed to regular focused private practice, and attendance at rehearsals and lessons must be consistent. Most of the groups take part in regular performances both in school and out in the community, therefore students must organise their time effectively to make sure they are able to perform. If they are for any reason unable to perform, as much advance warning, in writing, should be given to avoid letting down their team-mates.Membership of an ensemble requires:High levels of communication with the ensemble director and music coordinatorSetting up and packing away instruments, stands and chairs safely and neatlyHelping with loading and unloading of equipment on buses and trucksTaking care of instruments, equipment and music providedAssisting where required
8Parental Commitment Student Commitment Parents are requested to: Provide support, encouragement and enthusiasmEncourage your child/ren to attend all rehearsals, practice regularly and maintain instrument qualityKeep in contact with the Music Department and Poparts regarding contact numbers, change of details of student involvement and inability to attend rehearsals or performancesSupport Poparts by attending meetings and/or helping with fundraising activitiesShow enthusiasm by attending performances and functionsCheck the students are wearing full and correct uniforms to all performancesStudent CommitmentStudents are expected to:Attend ensemble rehearsals and complete instrumental and/or voice practice as requested by classroom and instrumental teacher and work constructively and productively as a team.Participate in competitions, formal occasions and award ceremonies as directed.Wear the Performance Uniform professionally and proudly.Take care of instruments and all school resources including print music and the PAC itself.Collect and carry with you a copy of your tuition timetable and inform teachers in advance of the reason for your absence from their class.Catch up on subject work missed while attending instrumental tuition.Communicate promptly and clearly with the director, in writing, regarding any difficulties, problems or inability to attend rehearsals or performances.Always behave in a manner that brings credit to you and the school community in general.
9Selection of Students Absences Priority is given to: Priority is given to:Students who have played an orchestral instrument at primary school.Students on transfer from other schools already included in an instrumental program.Students who own their own instruments.Student who have not studied an orchestral instrument at primary school but have private piano lessons and have reached AMEB Grade 3-4 can audition for a place in the percussion programSelection in EnsemblesThe ensemble in which the student participates is determined by the teacher and based on ability level not year level.All students must be having lessons at school.A student may be asked to take up a different instrument to help provide a balanced ensemble.AbsencesA student is expected to attend all lessons and rehearsals as required, and absence from either is treated seriously.If, without good reason, a student is marked absent in a roll once then the teacher will contact their parent and deal with the matter.The second time a student is marked absent without a satisfactory explanation the student is sent directly to the Head of Department who deals with the situation.If this practice continues the parents will be asked to give cause as to why their child should remain in the programThe above rules apply separately to lessons and rehearsals but in either case if a student knows beforehand that he or she cannot be present, the teacher (or HoD) should be informed in advance.
10Ensembles - Instrumental As the number of students involved in the program has increased, the school now has 11 instrumental ensembles and a choir. It is at the discretion of the band directors in consultation with the HoD as to which band students are assigned. This decision will be based on the students demonstrated music ability, their reliability and teamwork.OrchestraDirector: Mr Jeff JarrottThis ensemble is made up of strings, brass, woodwind and percussion students.Rehearsals: These will occur periodically prior to performances- normally Monday afternoonsSymphonic WindDirector: Mr Fons HartogThis is an advanced ensemble is made up of brass, woodwind and percussion students.Rehearsals: Monday Mornings 7.15 for am (I 2)
11Big Band Wind Ensemble Concert Band Stage Band Director: Mr Fons HartogBrass, woodwind and percussion students, who are members of the Symphonic Winds or Wind Ensemble, or Percussion Ensemble, are invited to be members of this group. The Big Band plays swing and jazz styles.Rehearsals: Tuesday Mornings 7.15 for am (I 2)Stage BandDirector: Mrs Julie PriceBrass, woodwind and percussion students, who are generally members of the Wind Ensemble or Concert Band or a Percussion student, are invited to be members of this group. The Stage band plays music from Rock to Swing and various other jazz styles.Rehearsals: Thursday Mornings 7.15 for am (N2)Wind EnsembleDirector: Mrs Christine HaywardThis is an intermediate brass, woodwind and percussion ensemble. Rehearsals: Friday Mornings 7.15 for am (I 2)Concert BandDirector: Mrs Rhonda HaringcaspelThis is the novice ensemble made up of brass, woodwind and percussion students.Rehearsals: Friday Mornings 7.00 for am (I 1-Hall)
12Vivaldi Strings Divertimenti Chamber Strings Director: Mrs Natalie SharpThe Vivaldi Strings will generally consist of the younger/intermediate string players. It is at the discretion of the band directors in consultation with the HoD as to which string ensemble students are assigned. This decision will be based on the students demonstrated music ability, their reliability and teamwork.Rehearsals: Vivaldi Strings - Thursday Morning 7.05 for am(N8 – Auditorium)DivertimentiDirector: Mrs Jan Stuart-StreetDivertimenti consist of advanced string players. This is a motivated group who pride themselves on achieving well in all performances. They will be working on medium to advanced level repertoire. Students from this group as well as the Chamber Strings may be chosen to make up small groups.Rehearsals: Monday Mornings 7.15 for am (N8 – Auditorium)Chamber StringsThe Chamber Strings will be working on medium to advanced level repertoire throughout the year.Rehearsals: Chamber Strings - Monday Afternoon 3.15 for pm(N8 – Auditorium)
13Asymmetrical Percussion Director: Mr Jeff JarrottThe percussion ensembles are well known for their high quality performances in both competition and concert.The ensembles membership may vary throughout the year depending on student ability and music selected. Students will be placed into an ensemble when their performance skills reach the required standard.Non-percussion students who are members of advanced ensembles for their primary instrument, may be invited to join the percussion group if there is a vacancy and they have the skills required.Rehearsals: Percussion One - Thursday Mornings 7.00 for am (I 2)Percussion TwoDirector: Mr Jeff JarrottThis novice ensemble develops skills in tuned and untuned percussionPercussion Two –Tuesday Mornings 7.15 for am - (I 2)
14Choir Director: Ms Kathryn Morton The school choir performs at several school and community concerts and official functions throughout the year, as well as participating in a number of competitions.The choir is open to any students interested in singing and performing a wide range of material from traditional and sacred music to popular songs.Students who are part of the accelerated music program are encouraged to be members of a choir, along with other year 7 to 12 music students who are also encouraged to take part, as vocal work makes up part of the assessment in each year level. Rehearsals: Choir - Wednesday – 7.15 for am (N8 – Auditorium)
15Student Responsibilities As the instrumental music program requires the use of a significant number of resources, all students are required to assist with the organisation of instruments, stands etc. for rehearsals and performances.Arts Captains and Ensemble Leaders will co-ordinate their respective groups.Instruments must be brought to school on lesson and rehearsal days but should be taken home each night to enable students to practice.All instruments must be handled with respect.They must be placed securely on the storage shelves.They must be placed in the correct area (eg no trumpets in the large spaces designated for cellos / no cellos on the floor.
16Uniforms Boys Girls Black dress trousers (no denim) Performance Uniform RequirementsStudents are reminded that the appearance of the band/ensemble and choir members holds considerable weight, both in awarding of positions in competitions and regarding reputation of the individual, group, and school, when performing at concerts.The uniform can be purchased from the P&C uniform shop located in D block near the tuckshop.The Performance Uniform is as follows:BoysGirlsBlack dress trousers (no denim)Long sleeved black shirt (specific design)Black socksBlack beltBlack dress shoesColoured tie (colour may be assigned by HoD)Black Jacket for winter (specific design)Black trousers (specific design)Coloured Shirt (colour may be assigned by HoD)Black school shoesBlack (or colour to exactly match shirt colour) – hair ribbons or headbands – no flowers etc.
17It is most important that:- Your performance uniforms are clean, ironed.You have all clothing items required.Shoes are polished.Hair is combed with long hair tied back (black accessories only).Watches and other jewellery should not be worn during performances.Shirts must be neatly tucked in at all times.Students - Please check your friends' uniforms and general appearance, and ask them to check yours while waiting quietly before your group's performance. You can then perform confidently, knowing that you look your best.
18Camps Each year the staff organises a workshop day/camp and/or tour. Intermediate and advanced ensembles go on camp to Lake Ainsworth in February. Music camp is not only an excellent opportunity for concentrated music tuition, but in the past it has been an invaluable way of building teamwork skills and positive relationships with staff and fellow students. The students will be involved in music tutorials, ensemble rehearsals, outdoor activities and concerts.The Broccolini’s (Gap Greenies) will have a workshop day also in February
19ToursThe school has toured to destinations in Australia (e.g. Western Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia) and internationally ( New Zealand and China)In July 2011 a group of music students travelled to China in to attend ‘tutti – world youth music festival –Beijing’. In the first week of the June /July holidays they visited Hangzhou (The Gap has a sister school program with Hangzhou Normal University) and the enjoyed the sightseeing and cultural experiences of the area. They then move on to Xi’an to see the Entombed Warriors before heading to Beijing. Here they undertook master classes with world renowned musicians, as well as performed at 3 concerts.
20PopartsWhile all parents are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the committee, we understand that this is not always a possible, nor preferred, way to support the program. There are however many ways of helping, for example, supplying food for concerts, helping move instruments back stage or between locations, attending fund raising events such as concerts and fashion parades.Meetings: Third Tuesday of each Month to 9.00pmPerforming Arts Centre (N block)'Poparts' - Parents Of Performing Arts Students - is a sub-committee of the Parents and Citizens Association, which was established many years ago to support our Instrumental Music Program here at school. The committee continues to concentrate on this aspect of the school program but also support other areas of The Arts Department when required.The parents contribute to the program by:-Promoting the program within the communitySupporting the Ensemble DirectorsAttending PerformancesAssisting with the organisation of school concertsAssisting in the organisation of tours / campsCo-ordinating the purchase of performance uniformsFund Raising to help provide: - New Facilities, New instruments, Road Cases, Chairs and Music stands, Off set tour and camp costs, And many ,many, more requirements.