Music News

We are in the lead up to a very busy time for the Music Program at EPS.

• EPS Spring Fair – Saturday 26th August.
• 2018 Music Program Information Evening – This is a night not to be missed, irrespective of whether you have a child who is currently in the program or if you wish your child to join next year.

There will be a representative from Musicorp who will do a presentation about their options for the hire / purchase of instruments. As previously mentioned, the program will only be hiring instruments out to new students for a period of 12 months.

Yesterday was the last introductory band group lesson. Students are to attend Training Band rehearsals on Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00am and they need to attend solo lessons. Parents please make arrangements directly with the tutors. For your easy reference, here are the tutor details:

Band Instrument Tutors
Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone/Trumpet/Cornet/Oboe/Trombone/Lower Brass: Tony Gardner – experienced tutor, conductor 0412 686 814, $40/half hr
Flute: Melissa Hoile – AMEB Examiner, 0417 262 688, $39/half hr
Yeri Kim – 6 years of tutoring, 0433 082 090, $35/half hr or $70/hr
Keyboard/Bass Guitar: Gabrielle Hiu: 4th year Syd Conservatorium, 0423 152 011, $25/half hr or $40/hr
Drumkit: David Smith – experienced tutor, 0424 616 394, $40/half hr
David Beeston, 0404 027 272, $35/ half hr or $70/hr

If your child doesn’t attend rehearsals because of illness, there are no refunds. The same applies if you go away for holidays etc. Once you make the commitment for your child to attend, there are no refunds as the music program has had to make the commitment to ensure that a conductor is available and we need to cover their fees. If your child changed over from another ensemble to training band, the money you paid for the other ensemble will be transferred over to the training band fee.

Here is the TED video for this week, it’s all about practice: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-practice-effectively-for-just-about-anything-annie-bosler-and-don-greene

SYO applications are now open for 2018. If you are interested in your child participating, please visit the website: https://syo.com.au/auditions/

Upcoming Events
Week 6 – EPS Spring Fair, all Ensembles – Saturday 26th August.
Week 7 – 2018 Music Program Information Evening and Instrument Demonstration Thursday 31st August at 7pm in the School Hall.

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (music.eastwoodps@gmail.com), 0407 191 592
Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)

Have a wonderful week!
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

Rehearsal Schedules 
Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm to 4:15pm and Wednesday 8.00am to 9.00am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8.00am to 9.00am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Monday 8.00am to 9.00am, School Hall
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm to 4:15pm, School Hall

Music Committee 2017
Thanks to the wonderful parents who have volunteered to be a part of the 2017 Music Committee:- 
Secretary – Winnie Cheung
Treasurer – Cindy Liu
Instrument Hire Co-ordinator – Malo Bhale
Rehearsal Supervisors:
Junior Strings: Connie Tang, Eliza Au, Sarah Nguyen 
Senior Strings: Rita Lee, Loretta Wong 

Senior Choir 2017
Any student from Stage 3 may join the Senior Choir.  This year rehearsals will take place on Thursdays at lunchtime in the Music Room, and 30 minutes in class time. Students will eat their lunch then come to the Music Room when the play bell goes at 1.20pm. 

During the year we perform at: K-6 Assembly, The Epping Club, Eastwood School Concert, Stage 3 Presentation Day
Following our video audition last year, we have been accepted into the Festival of Choral Music, which performs at the Opera House on 7th November! Our school is allowed to take 36 students only. These 36 will be chosen mostly from Year 6, but some may be chosen from Year 5. They will be chosen on their commitment to weekly rehearsals, their maturity and attitude in rehearsal, their learning of the songs, and their ability to sing in tune.
These students will be out of the classroom on two school days:
City schools rehearsal at the Salvation Army Hall in town – Thursday, 31st August and concert rehearsal day Tuesday, 7th November.  The concert is 7pm.  These days are compulsory.  Please check your diaries now, so that if your child is unable to attend, another student may do so.
Ms Brown
Senior Choir Teacher

Music for Stage 2
Students in Years 3 and 4 learn recorder in their Music Classes.  The preferred descant recorder is Yamaha YRS-24B which can be purchased at good music stores, but can also be bought from the school for $8.  If you have a recorder at home, that’s fine – use that one.  Often an older brother, sister or cousin may have one – your child may be able to borrow it from them. Mrs Forster and Ms Brown will give out envelopes for students to fill in if they would like to buy one from the school.  Put the completed envelope in the office post box, tell a Music teacher, and a recorder will be issued to you.

Stage 2 students need to bring a plastic sleeved folder to music, to get the sheets that will be given out.  Folders and recorders may go home for practice, but students are reminded to put them straight back in their bags so that they come back to school for Music.

Ms Brown and Mrs Forster 
Music Teachers

Music Performances  for K-6  2017
Every alternate year we invite Music Viva to perform at Eastwood Public School.  Each performance is the culmination of a term’s work in the Music Room, and in the classrooms preparing for the concert.  It is a vital part of every Eastwood student’s music education. 
This year the two groups performing for us are:
Zeeko, on Tuesday 29th August, and Arcadia Winds on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November.
Parents and other community members are warmly invited to these concerts – for free!
There will be more information about these concerts in the school newsletter closer to the time.

Ms Brown  
Music Viva Coordinator

Music Camp

On Monday and Tuesday students from the Eastwood string and band groups woke up early and headed off to Baden-Powell Scout Centre for the annual Music Camp.

As the day progressed students were anticipating the orchestra practise because of the great piece we were playing (Ancient Hunters). Before dinner we participated in team building activities such as making a catapult and crossing a river full of crocodiles with only 8 mats. After dinner everyone hurried to get ready for the campfire. The campfire was one of the most enjoyable things that happened at Music Camp because of the great songs we sang and our great host Matt. We cooked damper on the fire, while drinking delicious hot chocolate and it tasted great!

The next day began as usual, the ensemble practice and then the orchestra rehearsal. We were more than reday for the open rehersal, where parents could come and watch their child play.  When the time finally came to perform for our parents were excited because we wanted to show them what we had learnt over the past few days.

I’m sure the parents thoroughly enjoyed our performance but if you missed it we will be performing again at the Mid Year Concert.  Music Camp was a HUGE success and a special thanks to those parents who voulonteered to cook for us! The food was great.

By Jasmine

On Monday and Tuesday students from the Eastwood string and band groups woke up early and headed off to Baden-Powell Scout Centre for the annual Music Camp.

As the day progressed students were anticipating the orchestra practise because of the great piece we were playing (Ancient Hunters). Before dinner we participated in team building activities such as making a catapult and crossing a river full of crocodiles with only 8 mats. After dinner everyone hurried to get ready for the campfire. The campfire was one of the most enjoyable things that happened at Music Camp because of the great songs we sang and our great host Matt. We cooked damper on the fire, while drinking delicious hot chocolate and it tasted great!

The next day began as usual, the ensemble practice and then the orchestra rehearsal. We were more than reday for the open rehersal, where parents could come and watch their child play. When the time finally came to perform for our parents were excited because we wanted to show them what we had learnt over the past few days.

I’m sure the parents thoroughly enjoyed our performance but if you missed it we will be performing again at the Mid Year Concert. Music Camp was a HUGE success and a special thanks to those parents who voulonteered to cook for us! The food was great.

By Jasmine

Chamber Strings

On Thursday, the Chamber Strings played a song called Symphony No.50 in C major by Joseph Haydn and the song was arranged by Sarah. The Chamber Strings played this song in front of video because we needed to audition in order to play this song in front of the Opera House. We are not sure if we were accepted or not yet, but we wished for the best and hope that it could be possible for us to make it. We have practised this song for many weeks, so we hope that all our hard work has paid off. The Chamber strings rehearse every Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, each for 1 hour.

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Angels String Quartet

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Chinese Dancers

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Intermediate Strings

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Korean Drums

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The Piano Duo

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