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Dutton Park State School is home to an enthusiastic music program. Through weekly music lessons, students have exposure to many forms of music and follow a sequential program of musical elements from Prep through to Year 6.

Students have access to a wide variety of instruments that are used frequently with a vocal program, and each year we look forward to performing songs at our annual soiree or multicultural festival.

Our 50 person choir, made up of students from Years 4 to 6, rehearse every Wednesday morning before school and have multiple opportunities throughout the year to perform, including: ANZAC Day, the soiree, multicultural festival, end of year ceremony, and our annual excursion to SingFest.

SingFest is a day in which choirs from schools all over Brisbane come together to rehearse a choral repertoire with a guest conductor, culminating in an evening concert for parents. It is an amazing day for students to learn new vocal and performance technique.

As a school, we participate in the Australia wide music advocacy initiative, Music Count Us In. On this day, we join with half a million other students and sing the same song on the same day at the same time to promote music in schools.

We also have a recorder ensemble at Dutton Park, with rehearsals every Monday. Our ensemble performs three Tuesdays each month at assembly and also at the various events we hold throughout the year.

Dutton Park State School strongly promotes music education and continually aims to cultivate a passion and enthusiasm for music in our students.

Instrumental music program

Bill Barker is the Dutton Park State School Instrumental Music teacher one day each week to provide tuition for some Years 4, 5 and 6 children in woodwind (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), brass (trumpet, trombone) and percussion.

At the end of each year a recruitment process occurs where we will invite interested students from Year 4 to access the program. The instrumental teacher will recommend an instrument for each child seeking enrolment in the program. The school has a number of instruments which parents are able to rent for the first year of instruction at a cost of $120 per semester. This money is used to purchase additional instruments and to maintain those we currently have.

Once children have become proficient in their instrument they join the school band. Our school band performs once each month on assembly and at all our special school functions including ANZAC Day, the Soiree, and special school assemblies. They also participate in a competition each year such as Fanfare or Musicfest. Over the years they have gained recognition at these competitions for their performances and have received gold and silver awards.

For any parents who would like further information about our Instrumental Music Program, please contact Bill Barker via email (bbark40@eq.edu.au).