Co-curricular Music

BIOGRAPHYSharon Green (9)

Mrs Sharon Green is the Leader of Co-Curricular Music at St Joseph’s Regional College and also coordinates the SAPSS (St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools) Instrumental Ensembles.

Sharon has been involved in Instrumental Music in the Hastings since 1995 and also in the formation of the Camden Haven Concert Band and Primary School Band programs which involved five schools in the local area. This was then followed by the establishment of the Co-Curricular Music Programs in St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools which has grown immensely over the last seventeen years.

Sharon’s qualifications include a teaching degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Graduate Diploma in Multi- Instrumental Music Teaching from the University of Western Sydney.

Sharon has coordinated numerous tours involving SAPSS ensembles, including trips to New Zealand, Tasmania, Darwin, Mt Gambier, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

At St Joseph’s Regional College there are many opportunities for students to be involved in a music ensemble. The College has thirteen ensembles and four SAPSS (St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools) ensembles to cater for advanced students.

Rehearsals take place both before and after school and during school hours which are on a rotational basis. Most ensembles are open to all students, while some advanced ensembles require an audition to join. All these ensembles support the Music Elective Classroom Program.

The following ensembles rehearse weekly at St Joseph’s Regional College:

  • Concert Band Open to all students who play a band instrument
  • Intermediate Concert Band Open to all students
  • Flute Ensemble Open to all students playing flute in the Concert Band
  • Clarinet Ensemble Open to all students playing clarinet in the Concert Band
  • Saxophone Ensemble Open to all students playing saxophone in the Concert Band
  • Brass Ensemble Open to all students playing brass instruments in the Concert Band
  • Percussion Ensemble Open to all students (audition or invitation only)
  • Jazz Band Open to all students in Years 9 -12 who play a jazz band instrument (audition or invitation only)
  • Junior Jazz Band Open to all students in Years 7-10
  • Advanced & Intermediate Guitar Ensemble Open to all students in Years 7-10
  • String Ensemble Open to all students
  • Vocal Ensemble Open to all students

 

St Agnes’ Parish Secondary School Ensembles
The SAPSS ensembles aim to bring together the secondary schools within the parish. These ensembles are made up of students from St Joseph’s Regional College, MacKillop College and Newman Senior Technical College. Rehearsals operate on a rotational basis across the schools. A bus service is available for students attending these rehearsals.

  • SAPSS Concert Band Open to all St Joseph’s Regional College, St Paul’s High School and MacKillop Senior College students in Years 7-12
  • SAPSS Jazz Band:Open to all St Joseph’s Regional College, St Paul’s High School and MacKillop Senior College students in Years 7-12 (audition or invitation only)
  • SAPSS Drum Line Open to all St Joseph’s Regional College, St Paul’s High School and MacKillop Senior College students in Years 7-12 (audition or invitation only)
  • SAPSS Brass Ensemble Open to all brass players over both schools who have been playing at least 2 years

 

Performance Opportunities
At St Joseph’s Regional College the Co-Curricular Music Program not only supports our HSC Music students through their senior studies it also provides enrichment to students through extra performances in the parish and community.

Ensembles participate in local eisteddfods, community festivals and events, provide music for Mass, attend workshops, perform at College assemblies, participating in band tours and competitions both nationally and internationally. Through these experiences we hope to nurture a sense of camaraderie, teamwork, community, cultural and spiritual service and a pure love of making and sharing music with others.

Students in the SAPSS ensembles have opportunities to perform in locations such as: New Zealand, Tasmania, Darwin, Mt Gambier, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Instrumental & Choral Tuition
The best way to learn a musical instrument is to receive individual tuition. As part of the St Joseph’s Regional College comprehensive music program, one-on-one and small group instrumental tuition is available at the school. A number of highly experienced specialist music tutors offer single, double and small group lessons in Piano, Singing, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, all the Brass instruments, guitar, bass guitar, percussion and drums..

For students at St Joseph’s Regional College, lessons usually take place during class time on a rotating schedule so that the same subjects are not repeatedly missed. For senior students, lessons take place before and after school, during break times and during timetabled study periods. Lesson times are arranged by the tutor, in consultation with the student and the parents.

Instrument Rental
Instrumental rental is available at St Joseph’s Regional College for students involved in the Instrumental Tuition Program.