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Instrumental Music School ServicesFor Parents ‹ Guide to Instrumental Music Services to Schools

A guide to Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS)


Music is one of the five art forms within the arts learning area. It contributes to both the overarching outcomes and the four arts-specific outcomes of the curriculum framework and the specialised study of instrumental music further enhances student learning in music.

IMSS provides instrumental music services to more than 450 public primary and secondary schools, reaching more than 15,000 students from Years 3 to 12. In addition to weekly small group instrumental lessons, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment music activities which combine students working collaboratively across year levels and with students from other schools.

Not all instruments are offered in all schools, school regions and networks. At present, instrumental lessons are provided to these schools. Changes in the provision of different instruments to different schools may occur from year to year and parents are advised to contact the individual schools for information on any proposed changes and specific school requirements for their child to join instrumental music lessons.

IMSS welcomes constructive feedback that enables it to improve its service:

  1. The role of instrumental music in schools
  2. How are instrumental music services delivered?
  3. Student selection and student commitment
  4. Provision of instruments
  5. The instrumental music curriculum
  6. Monitoring, assessing and reporting student progress
  7. Enrichment activities for students
  8. Areas of responsibility: A summary.

The role of instrumental music in schools

  • A brief rationale for music education
  • Music in the curriculum
  • Relationship of instrumental and classroom music.

How are instrumental music services delivered?

  • Instrumental music in the school regions and networks
  • Personnel at the Instrumental Music School Services
  • Continuity of musical education
  • Beginning or reviewing a program
  • Communication between instrumental music teachers and schools
  • Teaching space
  • Class organisation
  • Disruptions to the teaching program.

Student selection and student commitment

  • Criteria for selection
  • Selection procedures
  • Timeline
  • Commitment to work
  • Student contract.

Provision of instruments

  • Which instruments at what stage?
  • Instrument loans
  • Opening hours at the instrumental store
  • Loan agreements and their operation
  • Keeping track of loan instruments
  • Collection of instrument charge and refunds
  • Privately owned instruments
  • Issue of instruments
  • Return of instruments
  • Exchange of instruments
  • Transfer of instruments
  • Maintenance of IMSS instruments
  • Transport of IMSS instruments
  • Insurance of IMSS instruments.

The instrumental music curriculum

  • Years 3 to 10
  • Years 11 to 12
  • Teaching strategies
  • Integration
  • Ensemble participation.

Monitoring, assessing and reporting student progress

  • The curriculum framework
  • Reporting - current practice
  • The primary certificate
  • Monitoring unsatisfactory progress.

Enrichment activities for students

  • Festivals
  • Showcase performance opportunities.

Areas of responsibility: A summary

Guide to Instrumental Music Services to Schools

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