Music at Mosman Prep
Every child is given the opportunity to experience music through performance, composition and musicology. Performance is a particular focus at Mosman Prep. Boys will leave the school having had the experience of playing, listening and composing in each of the Instrumental Families. Every boy spends a minimum of 1.5 hours in their class Music Program each week, with additional time for boys who learn an instrument privately at the school.
All boys in the school are members of a choir, singing each week and performing regularly throughout the year at Chapel, at evening services for the whole school community and on other special accassions. The Canrobert Choir, a select choir based on audition, practises before school and performs more challenging pieces.
The Instrumental Music Program
Kindergarten and Year 1 experience music through the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Each Year 2 student learns to play either the violin or cello. Each week, students receive instruction in small group (sectional) and large group (tutti) lessons and perform as large string orchestras. They experience works by important string composers from different historical periods.
Year 3 students learn both the recorder and return to percussion instruments at a more advanced level. Year 4 boys are introduced to the playing of 3 different instruments from the woodwind, brass and guitar families. They perform each week as separate instrumental family groups and evolve into two concert bands as the year progresses.
In Year 5, boys focus on one instrument for the whole year and perform as part of one of two Concert Bands. The program includes a small group lesson, sectional and tutti rehearsals each week. Year 6 boys are now well equipped to form a nucleus of advanced players in specialist performance groups including Jazzband, Guitar Gig Band, Canrobert Choir and Brass Ensemble.
Outside the regular music class activities boys can elect to intensify their studies with private tuition on strings, woodwind, voice, piano, brass, guitar and percussion.
Mosman Prep offers seven years of music experiences. As a boy grows from infant to teenager, the performance opportunities will stand him in good stead if he wishes to continue his music in his Secondary Schooling and beyond. Regardless, the breadth of experiences will provide a foundation of appreciation and enjoyment of music throughout life.