P&C Music Co-ordinator Andrew Wong
P&C Instrument Co-ordinator Brenda To
Music for life
The school and the P&C encourage as many children as possible to get involved in music as part of their overall development. No prior musical experience is required, and aside from the educational benefits, it's great fun! Here are some of the benefits of joining the DEPS music program:
Learning a new skill – playing a musical instrument
Learning a new language – musical notation
Learning to be part of a team – a musical ensemble
Experience playing in front of a live audience – through various performances
A partnership in music
The school's music program is provided by a third party: The Music Partnership. The P&C Music Co-ordinator and Instrument Co-ordinator provide the link between parents, the school and this external provider, supporting music performances and events, and managing instrument hires.
ENSEMBLES & REHEARSALS
We have two bands and three string ensembles.
The bands include Clarinets, Flutes, Saxophones, Trumpets, French horns, Trombones, Euphoniums, Baritone horns, Tenor horns, Bass guitar, Percussion and Drums.
Training Band is for complete beginners in Years 2–6. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays 7:45–8:50 am. The conductor is Mr Charlie Sundborn.
Senior Band is for students who have played in Training Band for at least a year. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 7:45–8:50 am. The conductor is Mrs Christine Pringle.
The string ensembles are for Violins, Violas and Cellos and are open to all students in K–6. The conductor for all our string ensembles is Dr Shaun Ng.
Stravinsky Ensemble is the intermediate string ensemble. Rehearsals are on Thursdays 8:15–9:00 am.
Mahler Ensemble is the advanced string ensemble. Rehearsals are on Mondays 8:15–9:00 am.
Admission to the Senior Band, Stravinsky Ensemble and Mahler Ensemble is by audition.
The P&C has a range of instruments for hire. Please contact the P&C Instrument Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries.
Flutes (straight and curved-head)
Violins (1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 size)
Cellos (1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 size)
All students in the music program are required to have private lessons on their chosen instrument. Private lessons are available through our music provider, The Music Partnership. Alternatively, students can make their own arrangements for a music tutor of their choice.
If you need to hire an instrument, please contact the P&C Instrument Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
Each ensemble has opportunities to perform at various times throughout the year. These may include:
● School assemblies
● Mid-Year Concert
● End-of-Year Concert
● Moonlight Markets
● Remembrance Day
● Presentation Day
● Solo Strings Recital
● West Ryde Easter Parade and Fair
● Ryde Eisteddfod
● Granny Smith Festival
● Ryde East Music Festival
● Festival of Instrumental Music
● Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble Spring Music Festival
Students are required to wear the DEPS music uniform at all performances other than at school assemblies. The uniform comprises:
● Black DEPS music polo shirt
● Black trousers
● Black socks
● Black shoes
● Girls can wear a red ribbon
The music polo shirt can be purchased from the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop for $15 new or $5 second-hand. Please email the shop manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
For enrolments, fees, payments and private lessons, please contact the director of The Music Partnership, Ms Alex Bieri:
M: 0404 494 487
For all instrument enquiries, please contact the P&C Instrument Co-ordinator, Brenda To, at email@example.com
For all other enquiries, please contact the P&C Music Co-ordinator, Andrew Wong:
M: 0409 196 267