Above and beyond
Concert Music Academy Aims
The primary aim of Edge Hill Music Academy (EHMA) is to enhance Edge
Hill’s already existing classroom and extra-curricular music programs and
provide a rich and rigorous music education for our children. Edge Hill’s
instrumental teachers are among the finest in Queensland, and our bands and
orchestras have experienced success in local, regional and state competitions.
With EHMA, we can lift this to a new level. Training students in theory and
aural skills will free up the in-school lesson time to allow instrumental
teachers to focus on their specialist skills. Further, supervised practice
sessions will reinforce concepts taught in lessons, and importantly, teach
students how to practice their instruments for themselves.
In recent times, Edge Hill’s choral program has taken
significant steps forward and there are now 120 children attending choir each
week. We have seen such an enthusiasm for singing that many students have
expressed an interest in further vocal training. EHMA can provide students with
additional vocal tuition focusing on sight singing, and pitch and breath
control, culminating in small end of semester performances so that friends and
family can appreciate their progress.
There are two
streams of Edge Hill Music Academy: the Preparatory Program and the
1. Preparatory program
The Preparatory program is for Year One and Two children and for Year Three students who have not yet begun instrumental study.
The Preparatory Program aims to thoroughly prepare students to begin learning instruments by giving them a solid grounding in musical theory and aural and vocal skills. The program is based on a Kodaly approach to music education (do-re-mi and ta and ti-ti) but incorporates the reading of treble clef notation.
Cost : $10 per week (payable at the beginning of term)
Time: 3.30 - 4.30pm Monday OR Thursday
- Theory, musicianship and aural skills class
- Treble clef note reading taught through xylophone
- Vocal training
2. Advanced Stream
The Advanced Stream is for Year Three to Six children who are learning an instrument privately or through the school instrumental program.
This stream aims to help students establish correct technique on their instruments and learn good practice habits to maximise their progress. It also focusses on their overall musicianship, with continued theory and vocal work.
Cost : $20 per week (payable at the beginning of term)
Time: 3.30 - 5pm Monday AND Thursday
- Supervised individual practice sessions
- Theory, musicianship and aural skills classes
- Basic xylophone / keyboard skills
- Vocal training