Music News

Junior Strings and band players performed wonderfully at assemblies last week.

There was a great response to the Band Information night last Thursday. Years 3 to 6 students, if you missed the night and still want to learn a band instrument and join the school band, please pick up a copy of the Music Handbook from the office, fill out the Expression of Interest Form at Appendix C, and return it to the school office.

Instrument Hire – Year 6 students need to return hired instruments by the end of Term 2
All instruments hired by Year 6 students need to be returned by the end of this term, unless an extra $200 bond is paid by the end of this term. All band instruments need to be returned with a service receipt. All strings instruments need to be returned with an inspection note.

Upcoming Events
FOIM Combined Rehearsal (selected SS players, for Acacia Concert) – Monday 26th June from 9:15am to 2pm at Croydon Public School
Combined strings rehearsal for Mid Year Concert (JS & SS players) – Monday 26th June at 8:30am in the School Hall (the second half of SS rehearsal)
Combined band rehearsal for Mid Year Concert (TB & CB players) – Wednesday 28th June at 8:30am in the School Hall (the second half of CB rehearsal)
Mid Year Concert Stage Rehearsal (all music ensembles, no instrument required) – Wednesday 28th June from 2 to 3pm in the School Hall
Mid Year Concert (all music ensembles) – Thursday 29th June at 7pm in the School Hall
Acacia Concert (selected SS players) – Monday 31st July at Sydney Opera House. Tickets on sale 19th to 22nd June

Enquiries
Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (malobhale@gmail.com)
Others – Sandra Liu (music_eps@yahoo.com.au)

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
Signatories – Stella Clugston
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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