Band Program

Pacific Hills Christian School Band Program

Pacific Hills has an extensive Band Program which flows through several streams: Vocal, Strings and Concert Band. We provide a place for students who are dedicated to their music to learn and perform, in order to honour God and bless others.

We have a MS & SS Choir which allows for students across the school to sing with each other. Our Choir is for students from Year 5 to Year 12. All students are welcome to join, including accompanying piano players. The Choir collaborates with our instrumental Groups throughout the year for a variety of performances.

We have three Strings Ensembles which cover from very beginners to those students who are quite skilled on their instruments.
The Beginner Strings is for students in their first few years of playing, from open strings to simple songs.
Intermediate Strings is for students who have a developing knowledge of their instrument and musicality, performing in harmonies and increasingly harder music.
Chamber Strings is our advanced ensemble who are keen to take their playing to the next level. The focus is on stylistic cohesion and exemplary performances.
It is an expectation that students in the String Ensembles are having private lessons to ensure continued improvement in their abilities.  Entrance to the String Ensembles is based on an audition organised through OneMaker Academy.

Our Concert Bands provide an opportunity for students to play in large ensembles, usually beginning in Year 3 to Year 12. – As students develop their performance skills they will progress through Concert Band 3 and Concert Band 2 to Concert Band 1.

Our Beginner Band is for students who have just started learning how to play their instruments and to read music. As students develop their instrument performing they will progress through Concert Band 3, Concert Band 2 to Concert Band 1. Concert Band 1 is for advanced students where we rehearse more intense works from a variety of different styles.
It is an expectation that any students in the Concert Bands are having private lessons to ensure the continue improving in their own abilities. Entrance into the bands are based on an audition organised through OneMaker Academy.

Our Jazz Band and Chamber Strings are by audition only for students who are playing in either the Concert Band 1 or Intermediate Strings Ensemble. These groups perform at a sophisticated level where students learn how to perform stylistically in a variety of styles.

Band membership details and expectations, information on instrument hire and private tution are available in the Ensembles Handbook.


Term Dates

 2019
Term 1: 11 Feb - 12 Apr
Term 2: 30 Apr - 05 Jul
Term 3: 29 Jul - 27 Sep
Term 4: 15 Oct - 05 Dec

Fees Schedule

Private Tuition

S1 *

Annual Administration Fee

(Compulsory Annual Admin/Sign Up Fee – GST Free)

$30.00

M1

30 Minutes (Weekly)

$39.00

M3

60 Minutes (Weekly)

$78.00

M1A

30 Minutes (Fortnightly)

$39.00

 

Band Program

S1 *

Annual Administration Fee

(Compulsory Annual Admin/Sign Up Fee – GST Free)

$30.00

B1

PHCS Band (First Ensemble)

$70.00

B1A

PHCS Band (Subsequent Ensemble)

$20.00

B3

MS & SS Choir

$10.00

 

Instrument Hire

Woodwind & Brass Instruments

IWB1

Euphonium

$330.00

IWB2

Trombone

$330.00

IWB3

Trumpet

$330.00

IWB4

Tenor Saxophone

$330.00

IWB5

Alto Saxophone

$330.00

IWB6

Bass Clarinet

$330.00

IWB7

Clarinet

$330.00

IWB8

Flute

$220.00

Specialty Woodwind & Brass Instruments

ISWB1

Tuba

$360.00

ISWB2

French Horn

$360.00

ISWB3

Baritone Saxophone

$360.00

ISWB4

Oboe

$360.00

ISWB5

Piccolo

$360.00

String Instruments

IS1

Violin

$220.00

IS2

Viola

$220.00

IS3

Cello

$360.00

IS4

Double Bass

$360.00

IS5

Electric Guitar

$320.00

IS6

Bass Guitar

$320.00

IS7

Acoustic Guitar

$256.00


General Terms and Conditions

Administration Fee
An Annual Administration Fee is applicable to all students, regardless of the number of enrolments across OMA
Where students enrol, withdraw, and re-enrol during the same school year, the fee is still only charged once per year.

Lessons
The charges for all classes are based on a 9-week school term. This may vary based on the number of weeks per school term and does not impact on the term fee for bands. Private lessons are charged per lesson as applicable for each week that OMA operates during any given school term.

Billing
Student families will be issued an invoice at the end of each term. Billed fees are due to be paid within 7 days after issue of the invoice. OMA fees for Pacific Hills Christian School (PHCS) student families will be included in their PHCS fee account.

GST
10% GST is applicable on all fees charged to Non-PHCS student families.

Mid-Term Enrolments
Fees will be pro-rated for mid-term enrolments.

Family Discount
A 7% family discount is applicable to enrolments of more than 1 student per term from the same immediate family. The discount will be applied on the total of the class price for the term, prior to the application of scholarships and excludes any exam fees or other ad-hoc costs.

Payment Methods

Payment in person for invoices may be made via the School reception. The School accepts the following types of payments:

  • Cash
  • Cheque made out to Pacific Hills Christian Education Limited - Please quote the invoice number.
  • Credit Card - Please note that a 1.5% processing fee is applicable on all credit card payments.

Electronic payments:

  • Direct Deposit to PHCS - BSB (302 985) Account Number (0102868) - Please quote invoice number.
  • For PHCS students - Parents may use their BPAY account details to settle their OMA invoice on their school fee account.

Late or No Payment
A student may not be re-enrolled for the following term if fees from prior term are outstanding.

Cancellation Policy
By enrolling in classes, you commit to a service contract for a full school term. Refunds are not provided; however, special requests may be considered and must be provided to OMA in writing via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Refunds
No refunds will be issued. Credits will not be provided for missed lessons for any reason with the exception of the following instances:
OMA cancels a lesson or the lesson falls on a public holiday and is not made up.

Absence Policy
3-business days' written notice for any reason, a lesson can be cancelled and no charge applied. This includes but is not limited to sickness, camps, excursions, exams or holidays.

Make-Up Lessons
Make up lessons will not be provided should a student be unable to attend a lesson. Absenses of sick or otherwise, must be provided to the OMA office, (not the tutor), in writing with at least 3 business days' notice or payment for the lesson is required. If 3 days' notice is provided, the lesson will be cancelled with no charge for the lesson applied. An additional lesson can be scheduled if required (dependent on availability) at the regular tutor cost of your lesson.

Additional Lessons (Private Lessons)
Requests for additional lessons over and above the standard scheduled for the term are subject to availability and will be billed to families.

Student Pick Ups
PHCS Junior School: Students will be collected and returned to their classes during school time. This is part of the lesson time.
PHCS Middle & Senior School: Students will be required to arrive on time for their lesson. Lessons cannot be extended for late arrival.

Withdrawal
The minimum commitment of tuition is 1 term. NO refund or credit is provided for mid-term withdrawals.
Please advise OMA in writing of any intention to withdraw a student prior to the last day of each school term via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Complaints
Please speak with your tutor prior to submitting a formal complaint.
Formal complaints are to be made in writing and can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Communication between Tutors/ Parents
Parents requiring communication with tutors must contact the OMA office who will liaise with the tutor to find a suitable time.


Private Music Tuition Terms and Conditions

Instrument Ownership
Students are required to have access to their own instrument at school and at home.
All instruments are available for hire through OMA or through our suggested instrument supplier. Please refer to the Instrument Hire section for more information and pricing.

Exams/Instrument Grading
OMA provides the option for students to work towards exams and instrument grading.
Most students who take this option work through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), but other options can be discussed with individual tutors. These are not compulsory for students. Students undertaking examinations should budget for exam registrations (approx. $100), course book requirements (approx. $70-$100) plus a further costs for an accompanist for rehearsals and performances.
Student books may be a requirement for any of our tuition services and parents need to buy this outright or if organised by tutor, this will be charged accordingly. Replacement of damaged or lost books (where on loan) will be charged accordingly.


Band Membership Terms and Conditions

Performance and Rehearsal Requirements
It is an expectation that as part of an ensemble that each student will attend weekly rehearsals and performances and eisteddfods as required. Failure to attend without prior written parental notice may result in student being asked to leave the ensemble. Permission notes and information on performances will be sent home as required.

Music/Band Camp
It is compulsory for every student involved in an ensemble to attend Music Camp. The Music Camp will be held near the end of Term 2. Permission forms will be sent home early in Term 2 2019.

Band Uniform
All Band members are required to wear full formal school uniform for performances. Some performances may require ‘blacks’- long sleeved black shirt and black long pants with black socks and clean polished shoes.

Instrument Hire
All instruments are available for hire through OMA. Please refer to the Instrument Hire section for more information and pricing.

Private Tuition
A mandatory component of the Band Program is that students attend at least one weekly private music tuition lesson, which can be with OMA or elsewhere.

Music Sheets
Students are provided with music sheets during the course of their band membership. Copyright licences are attached to these music sheets and OMA is only permitted to make a limited number of copies. A $30 (excl GST) replacement fee will be levied should a student
misplace and/or lose the music sheets provided.


Instrument Hire Terms and Conditions

Instrument Ownership
The instrument hired shall remain the property of OMA or the instrument provider company at all times.
Any person who has hired an instrument must not sell, lend, lease, assign, mortgage, pledge for pawn or otherwise deal with the instrument in such a way that it assumes ownership or leaves the person's control.

Hire Term
Instruments can only be hired for a minimum of 1 school year. A request for cancellation of hire will still require the remaining period (the part of the time still outstanding until the end of the 1 year agreement) to be paid in full.
No credits, refunds or pro-ration of the annual cost will apply even if the hired instrument is returned to OMA before the end of the year.

Instrument Care
The person who has hired the instrument is responsible for:

  • Maintaining the instrument in the same condition as it was prior to rental.
  • The purchase of consumables such as reeds, strings, oils, greases and all other items expected for use.
  • The cleaning of the interior of the instrument after use to keep it in proper and good working condition.

Theft, Loss and Damage
Parents / Guardians are responsible to return the instrument hired from OMA in the same condition in which it was supplied to them or, they will be charged the replacement value or price as charged by the external instrument provider to cover all damage / theft / loss of the instrument hired from OMA.
OMA must be notified within 48 hours of any loss, theft or damage of the instrument hired.
Any person who has hired an instrument must not, at any time, attempt to repair or change the instrument in any way, shape or form. In the event of a damaged instrument, the person who has hired the instrument must contact OMA to conduct an assessment of the damaged instrument.
A damaged instrument shall not be taken to any repairer without OMA's prior authorisation.

Delivery
Instruments will be ready for pick up from the OMA office once the instrument hire enrolment has been processed.

Renewal of Hire
Contracts can only be renewed for another full agreement/contract upon return of the hired instrument, after annual service of any instrument, and receipt of full payment for the previous agreement/contract of hire has been finalised.

Return of Instrument and Hire over Term 4 School Holidays
Hired instruments must be returned to OMA by the last day of Term 4 of the current Pacific Hills Christian School year.

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