Instrumental Music

Music for all

The students commencing Year 7 at Emmanuel College in 2017 were the first to benefit from an exciting new instrumental program in which all students in Year 7  learn a musical instrument. The College provides all instruments and all associated costs are covered within the existing school fees, so there is no additional cost to parents for this new program. 

Students  learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument in small groups from expert tutors. Students who make good progress are be invited to play in ensembles and bands as part of the extra-curricular program. 

In 2013 the Education and Training Committee of the Victorian Parliament held an enquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of Music education in Victorian Schools. The findings highlighted the fact that in addition to the intrinsic value of learning music, music education can have many other benefits for students, including:

  • enhanced student engagement and wellbeing
  • increased personal and social development
  • contributing to learning in other subject areas

Head of Performing Arts at Emmanuel College, Mr Ian Leonard said, " The benefits to the human brain of learning music have been known for a long time. There is evidence that making music actively engaging the brain's synapses and increases the brains' capacity. Students who learn music can significantly improve their outcomes in mathematics, reading and other skills.  Introducing instrumental music as a core subject will provide a huge benefit to students and to student outcomes.

Emmanuel College has long been a school of choice for senior music students from around the district with students from seven or more secondary schools enrolling in Emmanuel's highly regarded VET Music course. The introduction of this new music program builds on the College's established excellence in contemporary music and will see students begin to excel in traditional music and instruments of the orchestra."

In a short time the Instrumental Music Program has had a very measurable positive impact. There are currently 12 formalised music ensembles. and 2019 will see the addition of a second concert band, a marching percussion ensemble and a string group with further plans for a pipes and drums band. Emmanuel College offers a wide range of music opportunities for all students in all genres of music.

For more information contact Ian Leonard: [email protected]

Instrumental and Voice Tuition

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