There has been a lot happening in the Music Department!
Last term we held a strings concert to a packed out audience! Not only were there performances from each of our Northpine String Ensembles including Year 3, but we also had individual performances from students across a range of age and experience levels. Participation in these events is significant in the musical growth of students. We know that it takes a few years to have a very controlled sound on string instruments and parents of beginner students may not naturally tell their child how great they sound. It is important for parents to remember to praise their child for the ‘little’ things as it is often the specific statements that are the most encouraging to young string players and develop their resilience as musicians. Students are aware of how they sound and rely on you to keep praising them for what they are doing well, in order for them to keep practising and see the value of their hard work.
Here are some ideas:
“I was very proud of you for getting up the front and performing even though you were nervous”.
“I noticed how focused you were and that you were looking at the conductor a lot”.
“I can hear the improvement you’re making with all of that practice”.
Recently we held our very first ‘Morning Tea with the Music Teachers’ week! Both students and teachers who had lessons on a particular day were invited to attend morning tea on that day. We have high expectations for students in the music program and this was an opportunity for students and staff to connect with one another over food, outside the lesson and rehearsal space.
This year, many of our co-curricular music groups will be entering the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA). Pizzicato Strings and Mozart Strings were our first groups to compete, both performing in their sections last Thursday evening. They played very well and we are very proud of their efforts. Pizzicato Strings received a Silver Award and Mozart Strings received a Bronze Award. Coming up, we have our two Primary Choirs competing, one on May 27 and the other on May 30, as well as the Primary Concert Band on June 3. All sections are in the afternoon and evening and one of the choir sections and one of the band sections are being held at Northpine which is a great opportunity to showcase our college and our facilities.
As we are a host school for the Queensland Youth Music Awards, we have the opportunity to fundraise for the Music Department through the sale of food and drinks on May 27 and June 3. If you are interested and available to be part of the team for these evenings, we would love to have you involved. Please send an email to the Head of Music and Arts, Miss Aimee Page, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 2 has seen the introduction of a new ensemble in our music program- Piccolo Strings! This ensemble is for beginner Primary school strings students and will help with the musical growth of some of our youngest Northpine musicians. As students progress, they can move into Pizzicato Strings which is our more advanced Primary string ensemble. We are currently looking for more cello players in the Primary school- sign your child up! They can begin lessons straight away and not long after, join Piccolo Strings!
Congratulation to our Northpine Brass teacher, Mr Steven Port, who is the current National Champion on Bass Trombone. He competed recently in the National Band Championships and achieved 1st place. Well done Mr Port!
Don’t forget that we have a Northpine Christian College Friends of Music Facebook group. Here you will find extra photos and video clips of students performing that you won’t find in emails or in the newsletter. Search for the group and request to join if you would like to keep informed of what is happening in the music program.
If you would like for your child to be a part of our music program, we would love to have them involved! Please see the Co-Curricular Music page on the College Website for details and to enrol.