Instrumental Music Lessons
The Mount Isa Instrumental Music
Program allows students to undertake tuition in the following areas:
- Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Woodwind - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon.
- Brass - Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
- Percussion - Drums, Bells, Xylophone, Shakers etc...
Lesson Policy – How lessons fit into
Secondary Schools: At the
beginning of the year students will be placed on a lesson roster system for
their particular instrument. Lesson timetables will be issued individually to
students, as well as being displayed in the music room. Students are asked to
check the timetables regularly so that they remember to attend their lessons as
scheduled. Each week students will miss 35 minutes of their regular classes and
come to the music room for their lesson. For example, if in week 1 their
instrumental music lesson is on Tuesday at 9.00am, the following week it may be
at 9.35 am etc. This will continue until the rotation is complete, it will then
recommence the cycle.
Can I learn two instruments?
Students who wish to learn
more than one instrument may do so after due consultation with parents/carers,
class teachers, instrumental teachers and with the principal’s approval. The
opportunity to learn more than one instrument is reserved for interested
students who show outstanding commitment and dedication to their school and
Students attend lessons on a
weekly basis. Class teachers are aware of the importance and value of the
instrumental music program for Mount Isa schools. Teachers are very willing to
help students to catch up on work that they may have missed while attending
their instrumental music lesson.
From time to time
particularly for seniors around exam blocks, students may need to miss
instrumental music lessons because of an in–class assessment or a class
activity. Academic achievement is very important and the instrumental teachers
will make every effort to re-schedule lessons although it is not always
If a student needs to miss an
instrumental lesson or ensemble rehearsal for any reason, the common procedure
is to inform their instrumental teacher on the morning of the lesson. The key
to all of this is communication. Instrumental
teachers become very disappointed when a student misses their lesson or
ensemble rehearsal with no explanation.
Instrumental music students
are assessed at the end of each semester. This forms part of their academic
report. If you have any queries regarding the reporting procedure please
discuss this with your school administration or directly to the instrumental
One of the requirements of
being a member of the instrumental music program is to become a member of a
school or community ensemble. This will depend on the number and level of
students in individual schools and will be decided at the discretion of the instrumental music