At Fitzroy High School we offer a dynamic and exciting Instrumental Program which provides students with opportunities to learn how to play musical instruments. The program also allows students to develop group skills in our Ensembles. There are many performance opportunities available to students. These take place at Instrumental Music Nights, Lunchtime Concerts, Graduation and Exhibition Evenings, Assemblies, Open Days, and School Productions.
In 2013 we will be continuing to offer lessons on a wide range of contemporary and classical instruments. These will include piano, voice (contemporary), guitar, drum kit, flute, clarinet and saxophone (violin, cello, trumpet and trombone are subject to demand). As part of our focus on World Music we are very excited to announce that next year we will also be offering lessons on traditional Balinese instruments and Gamelan ensemble. Full details of the instruments and ensembles offered are in the Instrumental Music enrolment form which can be found on the FHS website under forms. Our Instrumental Program is staffed by experienced and qualified music teachers. All have completed tertiary courses in music performance, are seasoned performers, and have a wide range of professional musical experiences. The following staff will be a part of the Instrumental Music Team for 2013.
Jon Delaney – Guitar
Jon has been our guitar and bass guitar teacher since the school reopened in2003. He specializes in jazz guitar, although he teaches pop, rock, metal and classical guitar. Jon is well known as a guitarist and his current projects include “La Mauvaise Reputation”, a band playing and singing the songs of 20s and30s Paris in their original French. He also performs with Peter Baylor’s “Ultrafox”, vocal harmony group “The Furbelows”, Hetty Kate’s “Vive la Difference”, accordionist George Butrumlis, and Mark Twigden’s “Balajo”.
Matt Hovell – Piano
Matt teaches contemporary and classical piano. A prominent keyboardist in Melbourne, he has worked with The Bombay Royale, Charles Jenkins and The Zhivagos, and Clare Bowditch and the New Slang. His latest solo project is an electronic pop group called ‘Cylinders’. They have just released their debut EP ‘Communion‘ which is receiving good reviews. Matt is also a composer and arranger who has scored music for film.
Adam King – Drum Kit and Gamelan
Adam teaches drum kit, percussion and gamelan. He is well known for his work in a range of acts including ‘Labjacd’, ‘Kewti’ and ‘Green Tea’. Adam has a big interest in non-western music and is a specialist in the instruments of Bali and the Gamelan Ensemble. He has also recently toured in India with the Australian Art Orchestra.
Andy Williamson – Woodwind
Andy teaches contemporary and classical woodwind, including flute, clarinet and saxophone. He is best known around town as a sax player and he has performed with the likes of Nicki Bomba, Paul Grabowskyand Frankie J Holden. More recently, he has played in ‘Labjacd’ a funk/latin hiphop group. Andy’s latest original project is the bollywood/surf guitar group ‘Bombay Royale’. They have had great success overseas and locally, recently winning “Best New Talent” award at THE AGE’s EG AWARDS.
Bianca Fenn –Voice
Bianca teaches voice and directs the school choir. She specializes in contemporary singing and has fronted a number of pop/soul bands including “The Bianca Fenn Band” and “Bianca Fenn and The September Knights”. Their E.P “Everything Starts with Something” has been well received. Bianca also runs a successful private singing studio.
There are a number of streams within the music program at Fitzroy High School.
All students take part in classroom music sessions in Years 7-9. Students are also able to be involved in the instrumental music program. At present over one third of the students in the school are enrolled in this program.
Instruments available are:
|Woodwind ||Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone|
|Brass ||Trumpet, Trombone (subject to student demand)|
|Percussion * ||Drum Kit|
|Guitar * ||Accoustic, Electoric, Base|
|Strings ||Cello, Violin (subject to student demand)|
*There are very limited places for drum and guitar students.
Preference will be given to current students, but it is imperative that a Continuation Form is returned.
If you have any questions regarding the Fitzroy High School Instrumental Program please contact Tom Hoyle, Music Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). To enrol, please pick up a form at the front office or download an enrolment form from the website. Any questions concerning enrolment and payment of fees can be directed to Susan Jones at the FHS front office (email@example.com).
Finally, we would like to congratulate our year twelve solo music students who achieved grea tresults with their performance examinations. Thanks to Bianca Fenn, Matt Hovell and Adam King for all their work in preparing the students for their exams.
- Individual or shared lessons are available.
- All lessons are 30 minutes in duration.
- Each student has one lesson per week on a rotating roster.
- Students intending to undertake music examinations (AMEB, ANZCA, etc) must enrol in individual lessons.
- Shared Lessons: Teachers will pair students of similar playing ability together. If a suitable partner is not available, shared lessons cannot be offered.
Except for beginners, students are required to attend weekly ensemble rehearsals and are expected to participate in school performances. The following ensembles will be available this year:
- International Beats Orchestra
- String Ensemble
- Junior Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- Drum Ensemble
- Woodwind Ensemble
Students are also able to extend their music skills during Excel sessions. This may also include composition using computer software programs.
Year 10 students are currently enrolled in the Music Industry Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.
- If due to excursions or illness your child misses any more than 2 classes in any given term they will be given the chance to arrange make-up classes, provided the music teacher has been notified a week in advance.
- Make up classes are the sole responsibility of the child and are to be arranged directly with their music teacher.
- Make-up classes will not be available for forgotten classes or if the amount of classes missed does not exceed 2.
- Your child is required to sign an Instrumental Program contract committing them to the program for twelve months. Refunds are not available to students who decide to withdraw from the program during the year.
- All payments are made in accordance with our parent payment policy.