Music News

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   

Want to join a string or band group?
New members are welcome! Collect a copy of the Music Handbook 2017 from the school office to find out how to participate in the EPS Instrumental Music Program.

Registration
All ensemble students are required to register by submitting an enrolment form and paying an ensemble fee. Forms and invoices were emailed to parents on 28th January. Printed copies are available in the office on the rack. The ensemble fee is due for payment now. Contact Sandra if you have any inquires.

2017 Music Camp – Be Prepared
For those attending the camp, please read the list of ‘Things to Take to Music Camp’ from the Camp Information Pack. Parents should help their children to make sure all items will be packed for camp. It is essential that everyone brings a music stand to the camp. Please go to a music shop to buy one if you don’t have one yet. Music Black means a black music polo (available from Uniform Shop) plus long black trousers or skirt. 

It is wonderful that so many parents have volunteered to help out at the camp. A parent helper roster will be emailed to the involved parents at the end of this week.

Upcoming Events
Music Camp (all ensemble players) – 27th and 28th March (Monday and Tuesday) at Baden Powell Scout Centre, Pomona St, Pennant Hills
FOIM Combined Rehearsal (selected SS players, for Acacia Concert) – Monday 26th June from 9:15am to 2pm at Croydon Public School
Acacia Concert (selected SS players) – Monday 31st July at Sydney Opera House
Assembly Performance (Senior Strings) – Tuesday 2nd May at 2pm in the School Hall

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

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

Rehearsal Schedules
Concert Band – Monday 3:15 to 4:15pm and Wednesday 8 to 9am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8 to 9am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Wednesday 8 to 9am, Music Room, Block A
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15 to 4:15pm, School Hall

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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