The Instrumental Music Program at Calamvale Community College has two primary components. The Band’s Program and the String’s Program. The Band’s Program is overseen by Dean Simmons and is comprised of 4 ensembles. 'Junior Band', 'Senior Band', 'Stage Band' and 'Percussion Ensemble'. The String’s Program is overseen by Catherine Erbacher and is comprised of 5 ensembles. 'Crotchets'- beginners, “Corelli”-junior level, 'Cadenza'-intermediates, 'Crescendo'-advanced and the 'Senior String Quartet'. Our College Ensembles rehearse both before and after school, and instrumental lessons are taught in groups with students receiving one lesson per week in school time. Our Instrumental Music Program provides exciting musical opportunities and experiences and enhances students’ learning through the joy of music. We set goals and strive for excellence whilst still aiming to have fun in our learning environments. Our annual program is packed full with workshops, masterclasses, day camps, regional music camps, hot-house programs and performances.
Dean Simmons is the Instrumental Music Coordinator for the College Program and in conjunction with the Performing Arts Teachers facilitates the running of the program. The College has excellent facilities, great resources, modern learning spaces, enthusiastic students and a dedicated team of teachers who are committed to nurturing the growth and development of Instrumental Music in the College. As a College we strongly believe in the value of music education and the many benefits it brings to students lives both socially and academically.
Here is a quote from an article on sharpbrains.com which scientifically endorses the link between learning music and academic excellence.
"It has long been the source of scientific debate as to whether music can improve the cognitive processes in children. Referred to by some as 'The Mozart Effect', a strong correlation is often found between music and increased brain activity. A new study by Canadian scientists has helped to strengthen that link. It shows that participation in music lessons at an early stage in life can help to improve a child’s memory and learning ability by encouraging different patterns of brain development.”