The Instrumental Music Program at Calamvale Community College has two primary components
– the Band Program and the Strings Program. Within these programs, 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. The Band Program is overseen by Dean Simmons and comprises a range of ensembles including 'Junior Band', 'Senior Band', 'Stage Band' and 'Percussion Ensemble'. The Strings Program, overseen by Fimka Hampson and Charlotte Ashcroft, is comprised of ensembles ranging from beginners through to intermediate and advanced. Our Instrumental Music Program provides exciting musical opportunities and experiences and enhances students' learning through the joy of music, with an annual program packed full with workshops, masterclasses, camps and performances.
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."