The worship and cultural life of Calvary is enhanced by its music program. Through music, many children are presented with opportunities to develop their God-given talents and skills. They are encouraged to participate in and contribute towards the corporate life of the school, congregations and community.
Instrumental instruction – junior primary years
The main purpose in offering piano/keyboard to Junior Primary students (generally Years 2 and 3) is to enable these students to develop a sound basis for follow-on studies. From Year 4 onwards, they can then begin instruction of band instruments along with, or in place of, piano/keyboard.
Instrumental program – middle/upper years
Instrumental lessons are conducted during school hours and are offered for a range of instruments including Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Trombone, Guitar and Trumpet.
The Concert Band performs within the school and at Calvary Church, at other schools, retirement villages, concerts, fetes, fiestas, Eisteddfods and shopping centres. There is no parent/caregiver cost associated with band lessons.
Music Concert Evenings
Music Concert Evenings are held twice a year. All Calvary children who are learning instruments, either at school or privately, are encouraged to prepare and to present pieces in a semi-formal concert environment. This provides exposure to performance conditions and an audience for the musicians as they prepare for their musical futures.
Music beyond Calvary
Some observations to date:
- A significant proportion of majority of Calvary’s graduating students have continued to learn their instrument, either within their Secondary School’s music program, or privately.
- Many of our old scholars contribute musically to local congregations’ worship programs.
- Old scholars are involved in school and/or community bands.
- Calvary students continue to win Secondary Music Scholarships to Non-government and Government schools.
- Music subjects are offered as a part of SACE requirements
- Music presents opportunities for service, enjoyment, recreation and permanent or part-time employment throughout life.