Instrumental music program
Eatons Hill State School offers a number of opportunities for our students to be involved in instrumental music. Our program offers weekly half hour tuition in strings, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. It is an expectation of the school that students who participate in the program will join one of our ensembles or bands.
The Instrumental Program offers our students many wonderful and exciting opportunities to develop socially, academically and as young musicians.
The program allows many qualities such as self-discipline, problem solving skills and commitment to be developed in our students. These qualities will assist the students not only in their everyday school lives but also beyond the school gate and well into the future.
The program and its teachers strive to:
- Nurture and develop an understanding and love of music.
- Develop a lifelong appreciation of music through participation and collaboration.
- Develop socially and build relationships with others, both younger and older, through participation in lessons, bands and ensembles.
- Provide ensemble experience for students, to develop and enhance group performance skills through school and community performances.
Students participating in the Choral Program will learn the skills of in-tune singing, expression, performance discipline, the responsibility for memorizing their part and being a team member. Students will be exposed to a wide range of repertoire from a variety of eras, styles and cultures. Once students sign up for choir, they are expected to honour their commitment to the group for the whole year.
Throughout the year, choirs participate in a variety of performances at school and in the wider community. Examples of special events include Queensland Youth Music Awards, Singfest, School Gatherings, Music Gala Night, Music Count Us In, 96.5 Radio and the Space Carnival. Students also attend excursions as audience participants to view quality, professional performances. Our school choirs play an important role in school life at Eatons Hill.
The ukulele is the happy little instrument from Hawaii - The Uke Club is a happy group of enthusiastic musicians from Eatons Hill. Interested students from year 4, 5 and 6 meet weekly to sing and play together. Playing the ukulele builds community. Strumming chords together with a steady beat requires concentration and listening to each other. Students use their eyes, ears, and sense of touch to achieve this goal and a sense of accomplishment is felt quickly as songs are successfully performed from the first rehearsal. The Uke Club perform at special school events such as NAIDOC Day Gathering and Music Gala Night.