This page contains information for Secondary School students wanting to participate in the Concert Band programme and should not be confused with the Private Instrumental programme
The Concert Band programme aims to provide further opportunities for students in practical music. Instrumental music emphasises performance skills, musical understanding, perceptive listening and positive attitudes.
- Develops responsibility and self discipline
- Builds self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility
- Cultivates creativity and improves communication
- Develops co-ordination, social skills and the ability to work with others
- Develops a lifelong appreciation for music and the arts in general
Students will undertake a 30-minute private lesson with a specialist teacher each week. They will also attend a full concert band rehearsal per week and participate in any performances and workshops during the school year.
The private lessons
Lessons will take place during the school day on a rolling timetable. This will mean that students will not miss the same class each week. Students and parents will be given a copy of the timetable as well as a copy will be attached to the Music Department notice board. Students are expected to catch up on any work missed in their classes by meeting with their class teacher.
The band rehearsal
The Band rehearsal will take place on Tuesday morning, before school, from 07.30 to 08.20. This early start will give the students every opportunity to participate in the many after school activities in addition to being part of the ISL Concert Band. Specialist instrument teachers will also be at every rehearsal to assist the students.
A list of instruments being offered this year can be found below.
Tuition is offered for the following Concert Band insturments
- Brass: Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone, Euphonium
- Woodwind: Saxophone (Alto & Tenor), Clarinet, Flute
- Percussion and Bass Guitar
The accounting department will issue an account for instrumental lessons. The fee is CHF 46 for a 30-minute lesson which includes the lesson rate, administration and social charges. All fees will be billed by term with no refunds or exceptions. In the case of the instrumental teacher being absent, he/she will make up the lesson during the term.
The school will pay for the cost of the Concert Band rehearsal. This includes the payment for all instrumental teaching staff in attendance.
School instrument hire
The cost of hiring a school instrument is as follows:
||CHF 80 per term
||CHF 90 per term
||CHF 100 per term
||CHF 100 per term
A deposit of CHF 200 will be required for each instrument before commencing tuition and will be refundable if the instrument is returned at the end of the year in excellent condition. This deposit will be charged to the student’s account.
Students will be offered an instrument on a first come, first served basis but please note, each student will also be required to undertake an instrument suitability and musical test. This small aptitude assessment will allow the music teachers to determine the most suitable instrument for each student and will offer helpful advice to assist the student in making the best decision when choosing their instrument.
The instrument will be hired for a period of one year after which the instrument will be returned for other students to use in the following year. Students are encouraged to continue with their chosen instrument after it is returned. There are 2 large music stores in the Lausanne region that may be able to assist with purchase or hire/buy schemes. Please talk to your child’s instrumental teacher or Ms Marrie who will be able to assist you.
Please consult the ISL Instrument Hire Contract attached to the enrolment form for more information. Each student will be asked to sign an agreement to the terms noted above.
Repairs and maintenance
Students will be advised carefully by their teacher on the correct way to look after the instrument and how to prevent the possibility of any damage. The cost of any repairs however, will be the responsibility of the student. The music stores noted above offer a good repair service. Please advise Ms Marrie about any instrument damage, who will then be able to offer further assistance.
When the instrument is returned at the end of the year, it is given a full maintenance service.
The instrument is the sole responsibility of the student and his/her families. Parents should confirm they have home contents insurance and cover against theft and water and fire damage both in and outside the home. Instruments will be kept in a locked room at school during the day. Students should bring their instrument to the music storage room between 08.00 and 08.15 to ensure their instruments are locked away.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the instrument is named, preferably with a luggage tag on the outside of the instrument – the strong, plastic type is preferable. A student will not be given their instrument to take home until they bring the identification tag to school. Please include the school contact details on the tag.
School fieldtrips and excursions
Students will not be billed for lessons during a week when they have a school fieldtrip. In the case of school excursions, the lesson will be made up by the teacher where they have been given at least 48 hours notice. The lesson will be forfeited if there has not been any notification.
Students who miss 4 or more lessons due to an extended illness will be reimbursed upon the presentation a copy of the doctor’s certificate. This should be forwarded to Ms Marrie and the instrumental teacher.
Students who are in Y13 will be able to have lessons up until they graduate at the end of May. Any further lessons can be arranged privately with the teacher and as such, will not be a part of ISL’s Private Lesson programme.
Students are encouraged to participate in many of the performance opportunities during the year. Music performance teaches our students to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later.
Students who already learn an instrument are welcome to be a part of the Concert Band and can attend rehearsals each week. Please complete the enrolment form noting the particular details. Similarly, students currently learning an instrument but who wish to learn a new instrument may also enroll in the Concert Band programme.
Students who already own a musical instrument are also welcome to participate in the band and do not need to hire an instrument from the school. Please complete the enrolment form.
Please contact Ms Marrie for further information.
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