Music

 Brauer College has established a well-earned reputation for providing outstanding educational opportunities for students in the City of Warrnambool and its surrounding areas. Our school values the importance of building strong relationships and providing additional opportunities so that effective learning and personal development can occur as students move along educational pathways from Year 7 to Year 12. 

 

At Brauer College we are pleased to offer all students the opportunity to undertake instrumental tuition through the Brauer College Music Academy. Our tutors are experienced, dedicated and, most importantly, they are passionate about educating students and assisting them on their journey to becoming well-rounded musicians. 

 

We have provided some information about some common questions that are asked about the Music Academy: 

 

How much does it cost to enrol in the Music Academy? 

  • Year 7 students have the opportunity to undertake group lessons and hire non-contemporary instruments free of charge (excluding vocal lessons).
  • For students in year 8 and up, we offer 2 streams for enrolment in the Music Academy – group and solo.
  • Group lessons are $250 per year.
    • This equates to $62.50 per term
  • Solo lessons are $500 per year
    • This equates to $125 per term
  • We also hire a range of instruments for $200 per year
    • This equates to $50 per term
  • Please note: students enrolling in piano and drum kit are not offered group lessons

 

Are fees refundable if my child withdraws from the Music Academy? 

No. Fees are not refundable. Upon enrolment, students are expected to remain in the Academy for the school year. 

 

Do I have to pay the entire amount upfront? 

You do not have to pay the entire amount up front however we ask for a non-refundable $50.00 deposit at the time of enrolment. This will secure you place in the Music Academy and will be deducted from your fees. 

 

We have 2 payment options available to you: 

  • Upfront payment of all fees
  • A payment plan (by approval through the Business Manager)

 

Please note that lessons will not commence until either the fees are paid upfront or a payment plan has been approved by the business manager.

What happens if I don’t pay my Music Academy fees? 

If fees are not paid and you have not contacted Brauer College, your child will be withdrawn from the Music Academy and we will make contact with you. Re-enrolment occurs upon fee payment. 

You will receive reminder emails through the year if your fees are not paid. 

 

 

 

How do I enrol my child? 

  • Upon completion of the enrolment form, take it to the Front Office and let the staff there know which payment option you will be undertaking.
  • Upon receiving the completed enrolment form and payment information, your school account will be charged for the lessons and hire (where applicable).
  • The enrolment form and payment option are then sent to the Music Department by the front office, at which time your child will be added to the relevant instrumental timetable.
  • The Head of Music will contact you via email once your child has been enrolled.

 

Please note: all payments are made at the front office. No money should come to the Music Department. 

 

How many students will be in the group lesson? 

There will be 2-3 students in each group lesson at the instrumental tutors discretion. 

 

How long are the instrumental lessons? 

Instrumental lessons are half a school period in length. Lessons for VCE Music Performance students are a full period in length. 

 

Will the lessons occur at the same time every week? 

  • We work on a rotational timetable with instrumental lessons. This means that students will be taken out of a different class every week for their lesson where possible.
  • If there is a particular subject area that you would prefer your child did not miss out on, please let us know and we will attempt to accomodate this request.
  • Some tutors offer before school, recess, lunch and after school lesson times. Please note that VCE Music Performance students have first priority over these times if they are offered by the tutor.
  • This option is not offered by all tutors as we also run an ensemble program with lunch time, before and after school rehearsals which involves the majority of our tutors.

 

Can we hire instruments? 

Yes. We offer a large number of instruments for hire. However, we do not offer hire on: 

  • Piano/keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drumkit

 

Which instruments do you offer tuition for through the Music Academy? 

We offer the following instruments for both lessons and hire:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass

 

We offer the following instruments for lessons only:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Voice

 

We offer the following instruments for solo lessons only:

  • Piano/keyboard
  • Drum kit

 

Will the tutor collect students for their lessons? 

It is the students responsibility to leave class and attend lessons. Lesson times will show up on each students Compass schedule. Students must check Compass to be aware of their lesson time. 

 

What happens if a student forgets to attend their lesson? 

If a student forgets their lesson, the tutor will collect them if they are able to. A scenario where the tutor is unable to collect a student is as follows: 

 

  • 3 students are enrolled in a group lesson and 2 students have arrived on time.
  • 1 student has forgotten.
  • The tutor is unable to leave the other two students and collect the third.

 

If a student forgets their lesson 3 weeks in a row, a phone call will be made home to work out a plan for the students to remember their lessons. 

 

What happens if my child enrols and doesn’t like the instrument? 

If this occurs, we take the following approach: 

  • We encourage students to continue with a the instrument for at least 1 semester to master the basic skills
  • After this time, if they are not satisfied with their choice, we discuss moving to another instrument
  • If the student still wants to discontinue at this point, a discontinuation form needs to be filled in and returned with their hire instrument (where applicable) to the Music Department

 

Do you have any school ensembles and are Music Academy students required to participate? 

We have a number of school ensembles for students to participate in and all students enrolled in the Music Academy are expected to participate in a minimum of one school ensemble. 

 

Students who do not regularly participate in a school ensemble are not eligible for lessons within the Music Academy. 

 

Ensembles rehearse and perform regularly and are invaluable to the students overall development as a well rounded musician. 

 

In 2020, the following ensembles will be running: 

  • Junior Concert Band
  • Intermediate Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Drum Line Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Singing Group (Choir)
  • Handbells Ensemble
  • Piano Club
  • Guitar Ensemble

 

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Brauer College Music Academy and working with you to achieve your goals. 

 

You will find enrolment and hire forms on this page. 

 

Upon successful enrolment to the Music Academy, you will receive an email which will contain the details of your child’s first lesson (date and time) and what they will need to bring to the lesson. 

 

If you have any further queries about the Music Academy, please do not hesitate to contact me through Compass or by calling the school on (03) 5560 3888. 

 

Head of Music

Mrs Hannah O’Neill-Smart 

 

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