PROVIDING OUR YOUNG MUSICIANS WITH

"REAL WORLD" EXPERIENCES AT A CORPORATE LEVEL


We are privileged to teach some of the most outstanding school-age musicians in Queensland. Because of this, our aim is to assemble a team of teachers who are ranked amongst the very best in Australia.

Performance Music at Sheldon College boasts more than 30 ensembles that rehearse weekly, and we offer tuition to almost 650 students. Being one of Australia’s leading Music Programs would mean very little if we weren’t committed to maintaining a vibrant and forward-thinking program that challenges young musicians to achieve the very highest standards, while never losing sight of the fact that music should always be fun.

"We incorporate over 30 ensembles that rehearse weekly, and we offer tuition to over 650 students."

Mr David Adelt, Head of Performance Music

At Sheldon College our focus is to provide our young musicians with “real world” experiences at a corporate level. In the past years, we have provided ensembles for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Ball, Governor’s Breakfast, 1st Test of the Ashes Series at the Gabba, live bands at the Australia vs France and Australia vs New Zealand Rugby Internationals, drumlines for the Brisbane Bullets and World Rugby League matches and we have provided the orchestra and choir for the Redland City Christmas Carols.

Eisteddfods and competitions are also part of the yearly program at Sheldon College providing our students with the incentive to rise to the next level in the pursuit of excellence. In 2017, Sheldon College recorded 1st Place in the Redlands String Eisteddfod, 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod and our concert bands received Platinum at the Queensland Musicfest. Our Big Band was selected as the only school-based jazz ensemble to perform at the famous Wynnum Jazz Festival, and our award-winning vocal ensembles are preparing for another huge year of performances.

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For further information about the Performance Music Program, please email [email protected] or call us on (07) 3206 5552.

PERFORMANCE MUSIC PROGRAMS

PERFORMANCE MUSIC PROGRAMS

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Individual Music Tuition

Sheldon College students can receive individual or group tuition in any of the following areas:
StringsViolin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Woodwind Piccolo, Flute, oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
BrassTrumpet, French Horn, Eb Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
PercussionEncompassing all tuned and untuned percussion (mallets, snare drum, drum kit, timpani, etc)
Drum KitFor students wishing to specialise in Drum Kit only.  Only for students in Year 5 and above.
GuitarClassical Piano (AMEB / Trinity), Piano for Leisure (AMEB), Jazz Piano, Popular Piano
Piano Classical Piano (AMEB / Trinity), Piano for Leisure (AMEB), Jazz Piano, Popular Piano
VoiceAll styles covered, from Musical Theatre to Popular to Classical
Students can elect to learn privately (one-to-one) or in a group, but it should be noted that Piano and Drum Kit lessons are usually delivered in private/individual lessons.

Most lessons are during school time, but limited places are available for lessons before/after College, or during morning tea/lunch via negotiation with staff members

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Bands and Orchestras

The Sheldon College Band Program is comprised of our core ensembles for woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Although given different names like Symphonic Winds or Wind Ensemble these groups are all concert bands, consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones (woodwind instruments) trumpets, french horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas (brass), percussion (timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, aux percussion and keyboard percussion) along with double bass or bass guitar (string instruments).

A concert band’s repertoire includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/arrangements of orchestral compositions, marches, light music and popular music. Our groups are tiered with our youngest students taking part in the Year 4 Band, then moving up to Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and our flagship wind ensemble, the Symphonic Winds.

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Instrumental Ensembles

Often referred to as Chamber Ensembles, these ensembles are instrument specific.  For example, a String Ensemble is usually made up of just string instruments. 

However, this can have slight variations with instruments from different family groups being added.  A Percussion Ensemble will often include a Bass player, Brass Ensembles may include percussion, a String Ensemble may include piano.

These groups are considered Extension Ensembles at Sheldon College as they extend the technical and musical abilities of our students.

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Choirs and Vocal Groups

The Chorale program at Sheldon College is popular with students of all age groups. Every year level has access to a quality experience with high profile performances throughout the year.

Repertoire styles range from traditional Chorale works through to Contemporary and Pop. 

Junior College Choirs

Melodic MinorsOpen to all students from Year 1
Harmonic MinorsOpen to all students from Year 2
Natural MinorsOpen to all students from Year 3
Manhattan Trans-foursThis choir is part of the Year 4 Band Program for all Year 4 students

Middle/Senior College Choirs and Vocal Groups

This group is made up of Cap Guns (Middle College male choir) and Voiceworx (Middle College girls choir) and is open to all Middle College students.

Top GunOpen to all Male Students from Years 7 to 12
DawnThis is an all-female group which is available to students by audition only
EveThis is an all-female group which is available to students by audition only
Senior College ChoraleOpen to all students from Years 9 to 12
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Year 4 Music Programs

Students are tested in Year 3 to determine those areas in which they are most musically proficient, and are then given lessons in Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Strings, Guitar or Piano.

Each week Year 4 students will receive:

  • One 30 minute lesson (group or private)
  • One 30 minute choral workshop (choir)
  • One 30-minute ensemble experience 
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    Performance Highlights

    • Our premier female vocal group Eve were winners of an exclusive competition to perform at the Concert Hall of the Queensland Performing Arts Complex as a support act to World renown singer Aled Jones.
    • Symphonic Winds were awarded Platinum at Musicfest with a perfect score of 100.
    • Concert Band (Year 5 band) were awarded Platinum at Musicfest.
    • Middle College String Ensemble was awarded 1st place at the Redlands Eisteddfod.
    • Drumline I was awarded 1st place at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod in Sydney and the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod. Drumline I also featured at national and international level sporting events as a drumline for the Brisbane Bullets and at the Rugby League World Cup.
    • Drumline II was awarded 1st place at the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod.
    • Percussion Ensemble I was awarded 3rd Place at the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod.
    • Percussion Ensemble II was awarded 1st place at the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod and 2nd place at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod.
    • Percussion Ensemble III was awarded 2nd place at the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod.
    • Percussion Ensemble IV was awarded 1st place at the inaugural Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod.
    • Sax Quartet and Clarinet Quartet were both awarded 2nd place at the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society Annual Competition.
    • Sax Quartet and Soul Band were invited to perform at the prestigious Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Commodore’s Ball.
    • Big Band were invited to perform as part of a national event at the annual Fiesta Latina in Roma Street Parklands.
    • Soul Band and Rock Band were invited to perform at the local community Cleveland Twilight Markets.
    • Middle College Chorale were awarded 1st place at the Redlands Eisteddfod.
    • Eve ensemble was awarded 3rd place at the Redlands Eisteddfod.