An extensive instrumental music program is on offer to students of St Joseph's provided by various private music teachers. While this is a private arrangement between those teachers and the family, lessons are conducted during school time and at the school ensuring ease of access and safety.
Instruments taught include -
Three ensembles - A variety of instrumental groups are on offer including The Strung Out String Ensemble, The Stand-Up Band for Brass/Woodwind and Percussion players, Beginner Rock/Lit Band and Experienced Rock/Lit Band. Instrumental groups practice 45 minutes a week and members can take on band leader roles. Enrolment forms are available on the parent portal. Performances occur at school/parish functions, local community events and competing in several competitions.
In Yr. 4 St Joseph students learnt a band/orchestral instrument as part of the Instrumental Immersion Program. During their music classroom time, they participated in either the string ensemble or the Stonker Honker Band. If your child has shown ability on their instrument then they can apply for a band scholarship for Yr. 5 & 6. This is to encourage involvement in the Stand-Up Band or Strung Out String Ensembles. Application forms are available on the parent portal. These forms need to be received by the middle of Term 4 by Yr. 4 students. Successful applicants are announced before the end of the school year.
All instrumental Ensembles have a small fee that is added to their school levies once they have enrolled. The fee is $30 per term and covers the conductor's fee, band music and folder.