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1. Instrumental & Vocal Attendance
Students enrolled in Government Instrumental Lessons are required to attend their lesson every week. Even though the Instrumental Lessons cannot appear on the student’s regular timetable, they are no less important than any other subject lesson. Failure to attend an instrumental lesson is classed as truancy.
In Term 1 of the school year, Temporary Instrumental Timetables are displayed in the window of the Music Room until about Week 4. Once class groups have been established, permanent rotating Instrumental Timetables are produced and distributed to the students by the Instrumental Staff. Copies of these are always on display in the window of the Music Room. These timetables generally cover a term at a time.
(a) Students must carefully check the Assessment Outlines given to them by their various subject teachers to identify any clash with their Instrumental Lessons.
(b) In the event of a clash, the first step is for the student to request that they (or the entire class) be allowed to do their class assessment at an alternative time.
(c) If this is not possible, the student must speak to their instrumental teacher and try to plan an alternative lesson time for their group (a swap).
2. Instrumental & Vocal Assessment
All assessment for Government Instrumental Lessons is undertaken by the teachers from the School of Instrumental Music and is co-ordinated by the Teacher in Charge of Music. Reporting is done each semester and will appear along with reports from all other subject areas.
3. Practice Journal
It is School of Instrumental Music Policy that parents' first means of communitcation with the instrumental teacher is via the Practice Journal. Students should fill in their Journal for each practice session, get a parent to sign it on a weekly basis (a day before the student's lesson) and bring it with them to every lesson. Students are advised to have their Instrumental Timetable glued into their Practice Journal.
4. Ensemble Eligibility
Lower School Students (Years 8, 9, 10) are only eligible to be members of an Applecross SHS Music Department Ensemble whilst they are enrolled in Class Music.
Class Music students who learn an instrument privately are eligible to be members of an Applecross SHS Music Department Ensemble given that:
a) they provide a letter from their instrumental teacher to the Teacher in Charge of Music indicating that tuition is regular and ongoing.
b) they meet all the same attendance requirements of Government Instrumental students.
Students will only be accepted into an ensemble after a successful audition for the relevant conductor. Privately taught student's membership of an ensemble may need to be periodically reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of performance are being maintained.
Class Music students will be auditioned where and when necessary to determine appropriate ensemble placement (with the exception of students already in the Senior Concert Band, the Scimitar String Orchestra and the Senior Guitar Ensemble).
Students who complete the Lower School Class Music course are invited to participate in their relevant ensemble throughout Years 11 and 12. These students must commit to full membership for at least one school year (i.e. not withdraw from their ensemble part-way through the year). Upper school students who elect to participate will be subject to the same attendance policy as enrolled students.
5. Ensemble Attendance
Attendance at rehearsals is compulsory for all students enrolled in Class and Instrumental music units. The weekly Ensemble Rehearsal is a timetabled lesson (off the gridline) in the same way as, for example, a Maths or English class. Ensemble participation is part of the Instrumental Assessment. Failure to attend an ensemble rehearsal is classed as truancy.
Where a student is absent from a rehearsal only (not the whole school day), an email or a letter of explanation from the student’s parent/guardian to the conductor is legally required. This must be done at the earliest opportunity. A telephone call is a suitable substiture for a note.
Where a student has been absent from school on the day of a rehearsal it will not be necessary to provide a separate note for the Ensemble Conductor in addition to the one required by the Care Group teacher. However, the student must communicate with the Ensemble Conductor regarding such an absence.
In exceptional circumstances, students may be excused from rehearsal by presenting a note signed and dated by a parent or guardian in advance of that rehearsal. Routine medical and dental appointments are not considered an exception, so please make every effort to book these appointments at other times. A telephone call is a suitable substitute for a note.
Any request made by a student to absent themselves or to leave a rehearsal early will not be accepted unless the parent provides a note in advance or collects their child personally from the rehearsal. This is a legal duty-of-care requirement.
Attendance at all scheduled performances (concerts, festivals, etc.) and camps is compulsory. With respect to performances, in the event of sudden illness, parents are asked to contact the student’s Ensemble Conductor.
6. Ensemble Assessment
All students participating in Applecross SHS Music Department ensembles (both Government & privately taught) will be assessed and awarded a certificate with one of the following: Certificate of Excellent Achievement, Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Participation.
7. Chamber Choir
In 2014, the only non-enrolled students eligible for Chamber Choir are those in Years 9-12 at Applecross SHS who have passed an audition with the choir director. For Year 8 students to be eligible, they must be enrolled in Class Music.
Chamber Choir members who are not enrolled in Class Music are requried to complete a formal written agreement concerning their membership each year. The student as well as their parent/guardian must sign this agreement.
The attendance policy for Chamber Choir is the same as for all other Music Department Ensembles (see Section 5 above).
All Previous non-enrolled Chamber Choir members will be eligible to continue without audition.
Non-enrolled students who do not meet the attendance, performance and behavioral requirements of Chamber Choir, will have thier membership terminated.
8. Jazz Band (extracurricular ensemble)
The school provides resources and staffing for the Jazz Band as an extension and encouragement for enrolled music students. Under most circumstances, the Jazz Band will only draw students from the Senior Ensembles. Students may not elect to be in the Jazz Band only; it is an additional ensemble. Any student not meeting the eligibility requirements for the main ensembles will be unable to participate in the Jazz Band. Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Teacher in Charge of Music in consultation with the Jazz Band conductor.