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Performance Music Department Update

Posted on: 20 May 2020

On-site Ensembles

With Year 11 and Year 12 students returning to campus from next Monday, 11 May; the following ensembles will resume on-site rehearsals for weeks 4 and 5 for Year 11 and 12 students only and those on campus for CHAC@Home program.

  • Big Band 
  • Camerata Orchestra 
  • Ebony Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble 
  • Saxophone Ensembles 
  • Senior Music Technology
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble 
  • Symphonic Band
  • The Distortionists

*Rehearsals will be scheduled at their regular times and live streamed for students in Year 7-10.

Private Tuition

Year 11 and 12 students will receive their Private Music Tuition on campus. All other students will receive their tuition online via MS Teams unless they are on campus for the CHAC@Home program.


On-site Policies and Sign-In Procedures

The CHAC Performance Music Department will offer students limited access to face-to-face music lessons, Ghostgum Audio recording sessions, and small sectionals or rehearsals of no more than 12 students commencing Monday, 27 April.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff, the following new procedures will apply for students coming onto campus for these opportunities.

Students must wear College uniform when on site.

Students attending before school rehearsals

  • Students must sign in at Music Reception, where they will have their temperature taken as per the current College procedure for students attending school on campus.
  • At the end of the rehearsal;
    • If students are not remaining on campus, they are to log onto MS Teams via laptop or mobile app for rollcall or email Student Reception to notify that they are online before signing out at Music Reception and are free to leave the College.
    • If students are remaining on campus, they are to sign out at Music Reception and sign in at Junior Secondary Reception before moving to their supervised classroom.

Students attending private music lessons or other related music activities during lesson times

  • Home-learning students who visit the College to attend Performance Music related events or lessons are required to sign in at Junior Secondary Reception when they arrive on campus.
  • They are then also required to sign into the music block at Music Reception to have their temperature taken and record which room/s will be utilised.
  • At the conclusion of the lesson, students are to sign out of both Music Reception and Junior Secondary Reception prior to leaving the College. 

Students attending Ghostgum Audio for recording sessions or meetings

  • These will take place between 1.00pm and 2.00pm only.
    • Students attending school on campus will be only be required to sign in and out of Music Reception for the session.
    • Students learning from home who visit the College for this purpose are required to sign in and out of both Music Reception and Junior Secondary Reception follow the same sign procedures as above.

Students should not miss a class due to travel time.

If travel times to or from the College for lessons, meetings or recording sessions clash with an online class, students are required to remain on campus for the impacted period.

Students will need to sign in at Junior Secondary and attend the supervised classroom until the next break or until there is sufficient time to travel home without missing classes.

Parent Lessons

The CHAC Performance Music department are excited to announce that we are offering short term private tuition for parents and carers with our Specialist Music Tutors. 

  • Short term four-week period
  • 30min lessons per week
  • $39 per lesson billed to your College account
  • Professional specialist tutors
  • Suitable for all levels and abilities
  • Flexible learning arrangements (Face-to-face or online)
  • Learn new skills or revisit past hobbies

Enrol online HERE.

Online Learning

The College and the Performance Music department has set up frameworks and systems to ensure Private Music Tuition continues to be provided in conjunction with the Home Learning Program and it is intended that music tuition will continue to be provided using Microsoft Teams with students interacting with Specialist Music Tutors through video-conferencing.

There are many benefits to students studying music in their day-to-day lives. In the case of a campus closure, we believe these benefits would be of even greater significance. Providing music tuition is important for our students during this time to maintain continuity of learning for when we return to face-to-face lessons.

The key benefits of private music lessons include:

  • Enhancement of cognitive skills and abilities
  • Provision of a creative outlet for students
  • Offering variety during their academic day

Instrument repairs and accessories

It is imperative that students take care of their instruments during this time, as access to music stores for accessories and repairs may be restricted. CHAC’s recommended store for supplies and repairs is Vivace Music Underwood.

Our contact at Vivace Music is Ms Tina Inns. She is happy to assist with repairs and accessories for all instruments taught at CHAC.

0404 865 949


If you have a school loan instrument that requires repairs, please contact us directly and will be able to assist with delivery and remuneration.

Ensembles and Choirs

Opportunities for Performance Music Ensembles and Choirs to collaborate online during the Home Learning Program may include;

  • Online rehearsals and performances
  • Composition projects
  • Recording projects including online orchestras and ensembles

Here is a trumpet fugue performing 12 bars or music with four different musicians.

Just kidding! It's Mr Govier recording all four parts, a project that can easily be achieved from home.

Primary Immersion

The Primary Immersion program is continuing with digital lesson delivered through Microsoft Teams. Immersion teachers are utilising different media platforms including digital apps, sheet music, presentations, sound recordings and videos.

Other initiatives

We are looking at utilising our facilities to implement and develop smaller initiatives including online performances, recitals, concerts and recordings.

AMEB Music Theory

The Australian Music Examination Board are currently offering free Theory of Music online courses (Grade 1-3) until 30th June 2020.

Visit the AMEB website

Performance Music


Can my child have a music lesson while they are participating in an online curriculum class? 

Yes, Music Tuition will continue like normal. They simply accept the call from their tutor. They will be able to catch up on any missed work as all classroom lessons are recorded.

Can my child prepare for an exam?

Yes, Specialist Music Tutors have access to all the materials required to prepare for AMEB and other exams.

Can my child still rehearse band music?

Yes, and we will expect them to. There will be may exciting initiatives as the term settles in.

Can we sign up for private music tuition during the Home Learning Program? 

Yes, you can still sign up for music lessons through the online enrolment form. Please CLICK HERE. We believe music lessons will be a popular activity during any isolation periods.

What happens if my child is unable to attend a lesson?

Please contact your tutor directly for them to reschedule your lesson. Please include in your correspondence.

How will we be billed during Term 2?

Rather than our usual process of invoicing parents in advance, during Term 2, we will be invoicing parents in arrears. There will be two bills issued each term – one mid-term and one at the end.

What will happen when we return to campus?

Assembly, concerts, recitals will all resume. Our students will be well prepared to get back to life as normal at CHAC and music will echo down our hallways once again.

Any further questions?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at the details below.


Contact hours Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Mr Geoff Govier

Director of Performance Music

07 3896 0461


Mr Daniel Macklin

Administrative Assistant – Performance Music

07 3896 0419