I was encouraged by the number of students continuing their music lessons throughout the challenging year of 2020 and thank students, tutors and parents for their diligence in persisting during this time in particular.
Last year, I read The Music Advantage by Dr Anita Collins, and this solidified my belief, and the belief of SACS, that music is an important part of every child’s education. It is why we value it here. Research has proven the link between learning Music and increased executive function, as well as links to benefits in all other learning areas. Language is one such example. One fact I learned from reading this book which I found fascinating is that if a child is unable to keep a steady beat at 3 years of age, this is an indicator that they are likely to struggle with reading down the track! Musical interventions can actually assist in connecting some of the neural pathways which can assist in improving this area. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading the latest research in neuromusical research. Dr Anita Collins is at the forefront of this research and the
case for inclusion of music education continues to grow.
It is an enjoyable read and is a great reminder to parents, teachers and the general community on the benefits of learning and making music.
Many students are continuing their private lessons in 2021. In fact, the majority of our K-6 students do learn an instrument, whether it be with a tutor at SACS, or an external tutor. If you wish to sign up for lessons at school, please use this link SACS Instrumental and Vocal Music Tuition Application Form 2021 and where there are tutors available we will do our best to accommodate. Please note that some instruments currently have a wait list.
Once enrolled in lessons (either at SACS or externally), students are eligible to participate in our instrumental ensembles, with the details regarding these in the cocurricular booklets which have been sent to you separately. Please remember that no trybooking is required for ensembles, and also that ensembles are an annual commitment. If you wish to discuss ensemble placement for your child further, please email Mr Ben Milis firstname.lastname@example.org.
At present, choirs in an indoor setting are still not allowed, therefore we are unable to commence our choral programme as yet. We will advise when restrictions are lifted and when we can recommence. We hope for this to be sooner rather than later, however this is beyond our control. Watch this space!
Congratulations to the following students on their AMEB results from the end of last year:
James Yeung – High Distinction in Grade 3 Piano
Zeveriah Mann – Honours in Grade 2 Trumpet Video Repertoire
Oliver Seeho – Honours in Grade 1 Clarinet Video Repertoire
Oliver Seeho – Credit in Grade 3 Piano for Leisure Video Repertoire
Isaac Yeow – Honours in Grade 4 Violin
Taali Paku – High Distinction in Music Craft Preliminary
Yusheng Mao - High Distinction in Grade 3 Piano Repertoire
Rebecca Cranes – Honours in Grade 1 Recorder Repertoire
Arthur Eidel - High Distinction in Grade 3 Recorder Repertoire
A reminder that if your child completes a music examination and you would like their award presented and written up in the newsletter, please forward it to Ben Milis email@example.com
Welcome to Miss Sophia Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) (pictured above) who has joined our Music Department for 2021. Miss Lee will cover my Music classes whilst I am on maternity leave and will teach Drama in the Junior School as well. She comes to us from Santa Sabina College and we look forward to her contributions.
Mr Ben Milis will be acting in my role as Head of Music (K-6) for 2021 and is the main point of contact for any musical enquiries you might have (email@example.com). Ms Alison Matthews is our Music Administrator and assisted by Ms Ashley Son, is also able to assist with music questions. You can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Son is also working at SACS as a Music Therapist from this year and we are excited to be able to offer this service in conjunction with our Specialised Learning Department. There is more information about this in the Parent Information 2021 link.
Auditions will take place on Friday 5th Feb after school from 3.15-4.45pm.
Interested students in Stage 3 only who undertake tuition in voice, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar or drums may apply. Please let Mr Milis know if your child will be attending the audition.
Chapel Band auditions are for Stage 3 students learning voice, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar or drums and will have rehearsals every Tuesday morning before school at 7.40am. The audition will take place at the SAME TIME as the Rock Band auditions with Mr Milis on Friday 5th Feb from 3.15-4.15pm. Please email email@example.com to register for the audition.
Ensembles start in Week 3, which is the week commencing Monday 8 February.
I look forward to returning to SACS in January 2022 after my period of maternity leave and look forward to visiting with the newest member of the SACS Music team for a visit! I will be at school and available until Friday 19 February.
William Wheeler – JS Drama Captain from 2020
Congratulations to William Wheeler, our immediate past Drama Captain, who has recently concluded performing in the professional season of Pippin.
William is also a Cathedral Chorister and will next be appearing in the upcoming season of Tosca.
These accomplishments are outstanding on their own, however we have also recently learned of William’s award in his local area, where he was named “Young Citizen of the Year 2020” by Canada Bay Council. https://www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/news/2020-citizen-year-award-winners
He was nominated by a council member as a result of the charity drive of Pokémon cards for bushfire affected communities which he organised in collaboration with a local toy shop, as well as teachers and students at SACS. Canada Bay council also recognised William’s contribution to the performing arts through his involvement in Pippin and Tosca. The Pokémon card drive also attracted the attention of The Project and can be watched via the SACS facebook page here:
Well done to William – a true shining example of an exemplary SACS student who demonstrates attributes of heart, mind and life in every sense.
Head of Music (K-6)