Our ensemble-based music programs provide children with a rich opportunity to learn and perform music at school and beyond. The programs are led by highly experienced and qualified music professionals.
A love of music and a commitment to regular rehearsals and performances is expected.
Groups perform at school assemblies and concerts, enter competitions and support school events throughout the year. A concert calendar has been established, with beginner and intermediate groups performing at the end of Term 2 in the ‘Winter Concert’, Senior Groups perform at the Term 3 ‘Senior Showcase’ and the choral and instrumental programs separately celebrate their learning and success in two, Term 4 awards concerts - 'The Big Sing' and 'The Big Play'.
Parents and carers are required to inform the ensemble director of student absence from rehearsals as these teachers are responsible for all students in the program during rehearsal time. In 2017 the music uniform will change to the new 'sports shirt' worn with dark blue shorts (boys) or culottes (girls).
Education Queensland provides visiting specialists who are skilled and qualified instrumental instructors, to Primary and Secondary schools. More information is available in the recruitment policy (PDF 269KB.
Yeronga offers both the String Orchestra Program (starting in year 3) and the Concert Band Program (starting in year 5). Students are selected to participate after an extensive recruitment program, and access instrument tuition in small groups during school class time on a withdrawal basis. They also attend an ensemble rehearsal before school at their playing level.
A contribution levy assists with the provision of larger instruments and music, while students can loan instruments for their first year of learning.
Instruments offered include:
Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, baritone horn, euphonium, tuba, trumpet, trombone, horn and percussion (not drum kit in Primary schools).
Singing, piano, guitar and bass guitar are not part of the Education Queensland instrumental program.
All parents are made aware of the policies and procedures in the Instrumental Music Policy/Handbook (PDF, 362KB) surrounding involvement in the program.
Choral work is particularly popular at Yeronga State School with around 30% of students choosing to participate in a choir. Choirs enter a competition each year and perform at school events and assemblies. Stella Voce is the senior group with members from years 4 to
6. Some exceptional year 3 students are also invited to join. This ensemble consistently performs very well in competition and at regional events. Cosmio Singers is the junior choir for years 2 and 3. Each group meets before school in the hall. Groups have a maximum of 60 participants and new members are taken in February. Information regarding joining is distributed in the school newsletter.