Music News

What a busy term we have had, performances at the Opera House and Spring Fair on top of all the wonderful opportunities offered at the school. In Term 4 we will finish off with a big musical bang with Piano Plus, the End of Year Concert and the Carols Breakfast! Keep up with everything music by reading the newsletter!

Music Information Evening
We will be holding another information evening and we will be taking enrolments for introductory string groups as well as an introductory band group. There will also be an opportunity for the sizing of string and band instruments. We will have a performance by the Concert Band as well as the Junior Strings so however you look at it, an evening not to be missed! As previously mentioned, the program will only be hiring instruments out to new students for a period of 12 months. To find out more about the costs and the available instruments through Musicorp, please visit

When: Thursday 21st September
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Where: School Hall
Tea and coffee available

Granny Smith Festival
Preparations are well underway for the Concert Band and the Senior Strings to showcase the amazing work that the children and tutors have been doing through the year. Details are:

When: Saturday 21st October
Performance time: 12:20pm – 12:50pm (Concert Band) and 2:30pm – 3:00pm (Senior Strings)
Where: Trelawney Street Stage

Please come down and support the children, they love seeing lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Holiday practice
During the holidays it can be hard to keep up the practice and to remember to take the instruments out of their cases, but it is the ideal time to spend a little extra time working on those little passages that might be a little troublesome. Doing practice in the morning means it is over and done with and leaves the day free for other activities. You might like to organize a practice play date with friends and work on fun pieces that you all like. There are legal sites where you can obtain free sheet music, or go and visit your local music score. Holidays are also a great time to stock up on things like spare strings, reeds, cleaning cloths etc.

The Arts Unit
Applications are now open. Students from Years 4-12 can audition for one of the instrumental or vocal ensembles that rehearse in Sydney. For more information visit the website:

NSWPS Millennium Marching Band
Attention year 6! The Millennium Marching Band will be having an open rehearsal on 23rd and 24th September at Cumberland High School from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

SYO Applications
SYO applications are now open for 2018. If you are interested in your child participating, please visit the website, applications close 22nd September:

Contact Details
Music Program Coordinator – Lina Diaz (, 0407 191 592
Instrument Hire – Malo Bhale (

Have a wonderful holiday break!
Lina Diaz
EPS Music Program Coordinator

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.

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