INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AT VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE

Vermont Secondary College offers an outstanding instrumental music program, which strives to produce independent, creative and proficient musicians.

Vermont Secondary College understands and values the benefits of instrumental music education. Our Music Program enhances student engagement with the college, allows for personal and social development and can improve students overall learning. We value Instrumental Music as part of a well rounded education.

The Program

The instrumental music program at Vermont Secondary College is an ensemble-based Program where every student will be given the opportunity to not only have weekly music tuition from a trained instrumental teacher, but will also play as part of a group, band, choir or ensemble

 The Ensembles

  • Wind Symphonies – (Rookie Band, Concert band & Symphonic Band)
  • Junior, Senior and Chamber String Orchestra
  • Junior & Senior Guitar Ensembles
  • Junior & Senior Choir
  • Junior & Senior Stage Band
  • Contemporary Bands
  • Drum/Percussion Ensemble

Vermont Secondary College offers tuition on the following instruments:

  • Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium & Tuba
  • Percussion (which includes drums)
  • Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
  • Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon & Oboe
  • Voice
  • Guitar & Electric Bass

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CONTACT DETAILS

You can contact the music office via the school phone number 8872 6369. There is a voice mail facility so we do not miss your call. Mr Khristian Mizzi, the instrumental music administrator will return your call if you leave a message.

Alternatively, contact us via email at: mizzik@vermontsc.vic.edu.au

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AND ASSOCIATED STAFF

At Vermont Secondary College, we have a dedicated, experienced, enthusiastic and professional team of instrumental music teachers, who provide qigh quality education on an array of instruments throughout the school week. 

  • Voice – Lam Nguyen-Hoang – Mon, Tue, Wed
  • Guitar – Ben Delves – Mon, Tues
  • Strings – Tanya Bradley – Wed, Thurs
  • Drums/percussion – Josh Licht – Mon, Tues, Wed
  • Guitar – Christian Meyer – Tues, Wed
  • Brass – Jim Mcguffie – Tues, Thurs
  • Woodwind/reed – Ben Muddyman – Wed, Thurs, Fri
  • Strings – Imogen Willson – Thurs, Fri
  • Woodwind/reed – Liz Clark – Mon, Wed
  • Brass – Sally Barkla – Fri 
  • Administration/Co-Ordination – Khristian Mizzi – All week

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FEES

The Vermont Secondary College Instrumental Music Program primarily funded from the student fees. These are kept low due to some regional subsidies and school support.

 The fees cover lessons and ensemble costs including staff, sheet music, equipment maintenance and other program-associated costs.

Additional costs incurred by students may include instrument purchases or hire, excursions, transport costs, AMEB or other optional exams and sheet music.

 

2024 Instrumental Music Fees 

Instrumental Music Levy (including voice)             $550 per year (or $137.50 per Term)

Second Instrument Levy                                        $275 per year 

VCE Instrumental Levy                                          $660 per year

Instrument Hire Levy                                              $240 per year  (or $60 per Term)

Ensemble Only Fee                                                $140 (or $35.00 per Term)

 

RE-ENROLMENTS

These will be completed via compass. Families will be notified when this process need to be done.

 

NEW ENROLMENTS

Most new enrolments are done at the end of each year for the following year. Students wishing to enrol during the school year may do so provided there are spaces available. Please complete this  2024 Enrolment Form  and return it to the Music Department.

ENSEMBLE INFORMATION

The instrumental music program at Vermont Secondary College is an Ensemble program. All students learning an instrument at school are expected to be in an ensemble. Ensemble rehearsals take place outside the normal school timetable, before school, after school and during lunchtimes.

All ensembles except the Junior String Ensemble begin at the start of the year.

Students may be in as many ensembles as they wish with no extra cost.

Students who learn their instrument outside school are welcome to take part in the ensemble program.

 

ENSEMBLE UNIFORM 

Students perform in school uniform. Most of the performances require winter uniform with a white collared shirt, jumper and long pants (boys) Shorts are not appropriate. Students must also have correct lace up school shoes. Students in the symphonic band require long white socks for marching. When required, the school provides ties.

 

ENSEMBLE TIMETABLE

ENSEMBLE

DAY

TIME

LEVEL

Rookie Band

Thursday

7.40-8.30am

Beginners

Concert Band

Wednesday

3.30-4.30pm

Intermediate

Symphonic Band

Thursday

Friday

3:30-4:30pm

7:40-8:30am

Advanced

Jnr Strings Orchestra

Wednesday

3:10 – 4:15

Beginners

Chamber Strings

Friday

1:00-1:45

Advanced

Snr. String Orchestra

Thursday

3.30-4.30pm

Intermediate/Advanced

Guitar Ensemble BDE

Monday

3.20-4.15pm

Beginners/Advanced

Guitar Ensemble CME

Tuesday

7:45–8:30am

Beginners/Advanced

Junior Stage Band

Friday

7:45- 8:30am

Intermediate

Stage Band

Tuesday

3.30-4.30pm

Advanced

Senior Vocal Group

Monday

Lunchtime

Advanced

Choir

Tuesday

3.30-4.15pm

Beginner/Intermediate

Drum Club

Wednesday

7:45-8:30am

Beginners/Advanced

Contemporary Bands

Tuesday

Lunchtime

Various

 

PERFOMANCES

Since music is a performing art, the school places a high value on providing performance opportunities for students. There are a range of school-based performances, including two large ensemble concerts, a series of soirees for solos and small ensembles, contemporary concerts, assemblies and lunchtime concerts throughout the year. As well as these,  students are given the opportunity to perform at Victorian School Bands Festival, the ANZAC Day march, various Community Festivals, Eisteddfods, Fetes, NEVR Concert at Hamer Hall, NEVR Battle of the Bands and other performances as they arise.

 

LESSON STRUCTURE

Students all receive a weekly 35-minute group lesson. Groups are determined according to level and learning style. Lesson groups may include up to five students. 

Lessons are held during class time (either first half or second half of a regular school period) and are scheduled on a rotating timetable to ensure students are not missing the same classes each week.

All instrumental music lessons will be reflected on the Compass schedule. 

Year 11 & 12 students will have lessons scheduled during study periods, lunchtimes, before school or after school in order not to miss regular classes. 

Students studying VCE music will have an individual one-to-one weekly lesson with their teacher at times best suited to their overall VCE Schedule.

 

REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT

Like all programs at Vermont Secondary College, the instrumental music program follows a documented curriculum.

Student progress is reported via the school report.  Parents are welcome to contact teachers at other times if they wish to discuss their child’s progress.

Assessment Tasks

  1. Technical Work
  2. Performance Exam (term 4)
  3. Solo Performance (term 2 & 3)
  4. Ensemble Performance

 

PURCHASING & HIRING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

All students learning an instrument at Vermont Secondary College, excluding voice, require an instrument to practice. There are several ways of obtaining an instrument.

New Instruments

Students wishing to purchase their own instrument should seek advice from the music faculty to ensure they get a suitable student instrument. It is best to avoid instruments from local supermarkets. Music staff are able to give best advice to ensure quality and good resale potential.

Second Hand Instruments

There are many good second hand instruments around. Music staff are happy to give advice and even check instruments to ensure they work. Again, it is best to stick to known quality brands.

School Hire

Woodwind, brass & string students are able to hire instruments through the school subject to availability. Students and parents are required to fill out a hire form and return it to school prior to the student taking the instrument home. Parents are advised to insure large expensive instruments. Details are on the hire form.

Guitar & bass

It is expected that guitar and electric bass students own their own instrument to practice on at home. There are instruments available at school for students to use in their lessons. Teacher are happy to provide advice regarding suitable types.

Percussion

Students learning percussion at school are expected to own their own Drumsticks, Drum Pad, Mallets and Glockenspiel. They may hire Glockenspiel & Drum Pad through the school.

 

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC EXAMINATION BOARD (AMEB)

The school is happy to put students through AMEB examinations. Students will be advised by their teacher as to the suitable time and procedure. AMEB forms are available through the music office. There is an extra charge for students wishing the school to arrange their accompanist.

 

MUSIC SUPPORT GROUP

The Music Support Group consists of parents, guardians, staff, students and friends who support the music program in a number of ways. They meet twice a term for an hour on Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm-8.00pm. This group assist at concerts, provide ideas and feedback and raise some funds for the music program. During term two and three, the music support group runs a sausage sizzle at recess, which provides valuable funds for the music program.