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 classroom percussion instruments that are used frequently with a vocal program.
Our school has a strong extracurricular choral program with approximately one sixth of the children involved. The Senior Choir—made up of students from Years 4-6—rehearse every Tuesday morning before school from 7:45am-8:30am and the Junior Choir—made up of students from Years 2 and 3—rehearse during second break on Tuesdays from 1:10-1:45pm. Both choirs have multiple opportunities to perform throughout the year at events such as ANZAC Day, SingFest, Book Week Parade, end of year Music Soiree, end of year Academic Awards Ceremony and on assembly.
The Senior Choir's annual excursion to SingFest is a day where 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 extremely enjoyable day where students learn new vocal and performance techniques from Australian choral composers.
The school also has a ukulele ensemble—made up of students from Years 4-6—with rehearsals before school every Wednesday morning from 7:45am-8:30am. This ensemble performs on assembly and at the Music Soiree at the end of 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
Instrumental music is offered to students in brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. This program has a limited number of places available and recruitment takes place in fourth term for the following year. If accepted into the program, students are expected to fulfil their commitment to practice, attend lessons and be part of the school band and regular school performances. The Instrumental Music teacher coordinates the band practice times. This is a user-based program, with students required to purchase some music books and instrument accessories such as valve oil, reeds or strings. All ensemble music, use of stands and other music equipment, entry to competitions and special excursion performances are covered by the annual levy of $50. This levy is payable by Week 4 each year.
Instrumental Music teachers give 30-minute instruction once a week, during school time, in woodwind, brass, and percussion from Year 4. Children who have indicated an interest may hire an instrument from the school. The loan of school instruments incurs an annual Service Levy of $150. Invoices are issued to students at the start of the school year and students are not able to take the instrument home until the Service Levy is paid. The Service Levy contributes to the cost of service and repair of school instruments. The instrument remains the property of the school.
Students playing relatively cheaper instruments such as Flutes, Clarinets, Alto Saxophones, Trombones and Trumpets are encouraged to purchase their own for their second year of playing. More expensive instruments such as Euphoniums, Tubas, Bass Clarinets, Tenor Saxophones and Baritone Saxophones will be available for hire whilst those students are in the program.
Normally each year students have the chance to participate in school performances and noncompulsory district camps. Information is given to students in the program about these as they become available.
All Instrumental Music students participate in an ensemble when they are ready for this next level of learning.
Ensemble experience is provided through the formation of concert bands.
Dutton Park State School's ensembles are:
Junior Band – for Band students in Year 4 or the first year of instruction
Senior Band – for Band students in Years 5 & 6
Rehearsal times are:
Friday - Senior Band 7:30 - 8:20am
Friday - Junior Band (starting at the end of Term 1) 8:25am - 8:45am