Music at Hills

If you would like your child to take advantage of the private music lessons available at the College, please click on the link below.

Private Music Lessons application form

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Private Music Tuition Costs

Private music lessons at Hills are $35 per half hour lesson for individual lessons. Group lessons will be cheaper, costs will be advised by the private tutor. Students will be removed from class on a rotating timetable.

Music at Hills for 2018

ENSEMBLES

HERE COMES TREBLE! (YEARS 3 & 4 CHOIR) - WEDNESDAYS @ 8:15am

For students in Years 3 & 4 at the Castle Hill campus that want to extend their singing outside the classroom. Lots of fun in store! Please contact Miss Thomas to sign up e.thomas@hills.adventist.edu.au

PRIMO ORCHESTRA - THURSDAYS @ 7:30am

We currently have students that play violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano and percussion in the orchestra and we are always looking for more talented musicians to join upon audition. Varied repertoire is rehearsed and various aspects of instrumental technique and ensemble playing are explored. Primo Orchestra performs at a range of school events. For details on auditioning please contact Miss Thomas at e.thomas@hills.adventist.edu.au

Primo Orchestra

YEAR 3 STRING PROGRAM

In 2018, all students in Year 3 will be learning violin for the entire year during their music time. Tutor Miss Evie Horton will be assisted by Mr John Duncan in teaching the lessons. Students will be provided with a school violin and are expected to bring it to school each Tuesday for their lesson.

For students in Year 4 who enjoyed the violin program in 2017 and are interested in continuing with private violin lessons, please contact Mrs Karen Thomson @ k.thomson@hills.adventist.edu.au

YEAR 5 BAND PROGRAM

All Year 5 students will complete an instrument selection session in which they select their top three choices of instruments in music class. Instruments available include: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion. Instrument allocation will be announced and students will be provided with a school instrument which they will to school each Thursday for their lesson. Band lessons will rotate weekly from instrument group tuition with a specialist tutor from Maxx Music to full band rehearsal.

For students in Year 6 who enjoyed the band program in 2017 and are interested in continuing with private lessons, please contact Miss Thomas e.thomas@hills.adventist.edu.au

Year 5 Wind Instruments


PRIVATE TUITION

Individual and small group tuition (upon consultation with the tutor) is offered at Hills Adventist College on a variety of instruments, currently including: violin, flute, piano (individual tuition only), guitar, voice and drums/percussion. Lessons are taught by specialist instrumental and vocal tutors. Tuition for particular instruments is subject to the number of applications and availability of teaching rooms/tutors.

ENROLMENT
New enrolments may be made by completing the Private Music Tuition Form on the school website. Students continuing their instrumental or vocal lessons do not need to re-enrol each year. Unless notice is given, students will automatically be re-enrolled for the following year and tutors will be in touch regarding lessons/fees.

FEES
Fees are capped at $35 per half hour lesson for individual lessons. Group lessons will be cheaper and costs will be advised by the private tutor.

LESSON REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to attend all scheduled lessons punctually, together with all required music books and instrument in full working order. Students should support their music lessons by engaging in a regular effective practice routine at home.

LESSON TIMES
Students will be removed from class on a rotating timetable. All lessons before or after school will occur in consultation with the tutor. 

 

Drums

 


Why Learn to Play Music?

Today's educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement.  Gauging student progress and learning is clearly important, but the true mission of education lies in shaping the students behind the scores.  

Studies have proven that there are positive links between engagement with music and academic achievement, but that data is only part of the bigger picture.  Music does something even more important - it shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them.  It allows for deep engagement with learning.  It nurtures assets and skills that are critical to future success, including creativity, curiosity, determination, and motivation.  Music helps develop the student behind the score.  

Here are just some of the benefits ...
  • Sharpens the brain's early encoding of sound enhancing listening, aural processing skills, aural memory and phonological awareness contributing to the development of literacy skills
  • Enhances spatial reasoning abilities, which impacts positively on mathematical processing skills
  • Processing sound and staying focussed
  • Improving cognition
  • Assisting students who are lagging behind academically
  • Helps students with academic engagement
  • Can encourage empathy, emotional sensitivity, tolerance and the development of social ethics.
  • Better decision-making abilities
  • Can lead to a sense of accomplishment, enhanced determination and persistence
  • Enhances psychological well-being, reducing stress and anxiety
 

(Taken from “The Power of Music – a research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people” Professor Susan Hallam MBE. Commissioned by the Music Education Council and Published in 2015 by iMerc.org & National Association for Music Education, https://musiceducationworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/nafme42166_beyondbubblesbrochure_final1.pdf)

How Playing an Instrument Benefits the Brain

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