Engadine Music Education Centre has been supporting school music programs for over 30 years.

Music educators know that the very best way to teach music is with an instrument in hand. BandTime is a stimulating, structured group music education program for schools, using the Concert Band format.

This program welcomes beginner students and helps develop them into confident young musicians.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The EMEC BandTime Program is structured to maximise the learning experience. Lessons follow a sequential tutor book and skills are developed through selected performance material.

The full Concert Band meets weekly, with smaller group tutorials held separately.

Tutorial sessions are all taught by instrumental specialists. The conductor overseas the progress of the course and is skilled in developing ensemble playing. The school provides a teacher to act as liaison and to provide ‘duty of care’.

MONITORING & EVALUATION

To monitor practice at home, each student is required to complete a weekly practise record. Progress reports are issued to parents mid-year and end of year.

PERFORMANCE & ACTIVITES

The Beginner Band play their first concert at the end of Term 1. Both bands are invited to play in BandFest, a major music festival at the end of Term 2. As well as school performances such as Education Week, all students participate in a Showcase concert in Term 4. Band Camp is offered in Term 3 for students who have completed their first year of playing.

STUDENT COMMITMENT

Becoming a successful band member is a team effort between the school, parent, student and Engadine Music, and we encourage the involvement of all concerned.

To be a successful young musician, the band student must:

  • Commit to BandTime for the full school year
  • Practise regularly (minimum of 15 minutes per day, 5 times a week).
  • Attend all tutorials, band sessions, and band performances.

ADMINISTRATION

Engadine Music collects lesson fees directly from parents to cover tuition costs. A credit card debit authority allows payments to be automatically deducted each term to ensure your early payment discount is applied. There is also an option for payment in full for the upcoming year, in which case a further discount is applied to the final cost.

WHY SHOULD MY CHILD LEARN MUSIC?

Numerous university studies and other research have documented how music instruction has a beneficial effect on academic performance and self-esteem.

  • Music participation correlates with higher reading, language, and maths skills, in addition to other measures of academic achievement and creativity.
  • Music study can actually help below average learners to improve reading and language skills.
  • Learning an instrument when young is a lifelong skill which can be enjoyed at many levels.
  • Band members learn team work and how to organise their time efficiently, which in turn carries over into all other areas of their school life.
  • Best of all, the time spent participating in music instruction is not detrimental to academic performance. Multiple studies show no compromise in academic performance for students excused from class to study instrumental music once a week.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why a Concert Band?

The Concert Band format allows for a significant number of children to successfully learn woodwind and brass instruments in a group setting.

What instruments form a Concert Band?

Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone

Brass: trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba

Electrics: 1 keyboard bass (plays the tuba part, requires 1 years experience), and 1-2 bass guitars.

Percussion: 2 percussionists will learn all instruments from the percussion family, including snare drum, timpani, bongos, tambourine, mallet percussion (e.g. glockenspiel). 

What if my child hasn’t played a musical instrument before?

Our BandTime program caters for absolute beginners, starting with how to assemble their own instrument and play their first note.

What will my child learn?

They will learn to read music as well as other basic music skills, including: instrumental technique, ensemble performance skills (working with the conductor and band members), basic music theory, and the experience of performing a range of music genres.

How does my child get an instrument?

Some schools already have an instrument pool for students to hire. Engadine Music offers a BandTime rental program whereby instruments can be hired with an option to buy. A deduction of the bond and 50% of the rent paid is applied to the purchase price.

New instruments can be purchased from Engadine Music.

If we select the BandTime rental option, do we have to have the insurance?

The home & contents insurance is listed on the form as a 'must have', however if you do not have this insurance, it simply means you will be liable for the cost of the instrument should something go wrong.

Need more information on BandTime? Email bandtime@engadinemusic.com.au or call (02) 9520 3044

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