The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Performing Arts News

May I extend a large embracing welcome back to all of the Scotch community. Many students have been sharing their holiday stories with me; it's been brilliant to hear that some of our students did keep their practice habits reasonably regular over the break.

Although the students and some staff had holiday time, many were completely flat out with phase one of our 're-imagining the Performing Arts' project.

In this edition of the Thistle, I'll take the opportunity of outlining some of the changes to our Music Tuition programme for 2019.

We're committed to a model of continuous improvement. That's why, we're making some changes to our Music Tuition programme at Scotch. We're committed to ensuring each student is afforded the best opportunity for development of their musicianship skill. Here's a brief update for everyone.

Senior music renovation

All rooms on the first floor of the Senior Music building have undergone an extensive renovation and are being fitted out with high quality instruments and equipment. Two new spaces have been opened up for music tuition, including a dedicated percussion studio.

Junior School Music tuition facility

Five new music tuition rooms have been constructed to provide improved access for junior and middle school students and those residing in the Year 7, 8 and 9 boarding houses. All rooms will be fitted out with quality instruments and musical equipment.

Shared lessons

Shared or group lessons are now only available to students studying in either the compulsory Year Three Music (strings) programme, the compulsory Year Six Music (concert band) programme or to selected students new to Scotch in Year Seven. All other students will receive individual music lessons on a one-to-one basis with their music tutor.

Lesson length

Lesson lengths will be adjusted in accordance with level of study, in the best interests of student learning. Most lessons will now be 30 minutes in length, with some more advanced students taking 45 minutes lessons, whilst those studying at high levels taking 60 minute lessons.

Fees and charges

Lesson fees will now be charged based upon the number of scheduled lessons and length of lessons. 2019 charges (per lesson):

  • 30 minute lesson: $43.60
  • 45 minute lesson: $65.40
  • 60 minute lesson: $87.20

Music practice journal

Music practice journals will be moving online this year for Middle School and Senior School students. During Summer term, the Music and ILT staff will be rolling out an online Music practice journal via OneNote. Students in the Junior School will still be provided with a traditional paper based journal.

Parents or families with any questions or queries should direct these in the first instance to Music Administration, by telephoning 9383 6841.

Mr Scott Loveday
Head of Performing Arts