At Park Lake State
School students have the opportunity to audition for instrumental music
instruction on the following instruments:
Year 4: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone,
Bass Guitar and Percussion
All Music lessons
are aligned with current curriculum documents to encourage every child to
succeed in their music education.
Students that are
successful in their application at the end of year two or year three will then
have a thirty minute small group lesson during school time, and also
participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal before or during a school lunch
school band and orchestra rehearsals usually run before school
or during break times and consolidate musical learning from small group lesson
time. Therefore it is essential that students participating in the program
attend their required ensemble.
Students at Park Lake
who are members of the Instrumental Program have many
throughout the year to participate in performances on assemblies,
to parents, to their peers, at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Fanfare and other school
workshops and camps. The Band workshops usually run in term two and Strings
in term four.
Currently the school is
working hard to expand their lower string section and received, as donation,
several new cellos which are available for students to hire out. Although there
are some school instruments available for hire on an annual basis, students are
largely expected to provide their own instrument such as violin or clarinet.
As a music extension,
Park Lake has also nominated a number of very high levelled students in year
five and six to participate in the week long "Advanced Music Camp" at
Tallebudgera Beach School during the last week of term two.
David Sue Yek and James