Lessons are available to all students in the following musical groups – Brass, Woodwind, Strings and Percussion. Lessons are in school time and occur on a rotational basis so that the same school subject is not missed every week. The program promotes an appreciation of music through band and ensemble playing. Students learning an instrument are expected to join either the Concert Band or String Ensemble when they have reached a satisfactory level.
To be successful in learning a musical instrument, students must commit to daily practice, usually half an hour. Students who fail to practice will be discontinued from the program.
Students may borrow a school instrument, where they are available, for a period of 12 months.tudents may borrow a school instrument, where they are available, for a period of 12 months. After that time, the student is expected to purchase his/her own instrument. There are exceptions to this in the case of larger, more expensive instruments.
Students who already own or intend to purchase their own instrument can join the program. Music stores in Toowoomba are now offering a HIRE/BUY scheme. Instruments can be hired for a 3 month trial period and if you then decide to buy, the amount paid for hire will come off the price of the instrument. Parents intending to buy or hire an instrument would be well advised to consult the music instructors about brands before doing so.
Participation in the Instrumental program requires an additional commitment to the school Concert Band.
O.S.H.S Concert Band is compiled of members of the Instrumental Program. Concert Band rehearses on Tuesday mornings at 8am. Performance opportunities include Awards night, school Showcase and other formal occasions.
The school choir performs a variety of repertoire at different occasions throughout the school year. Performance opportunities include local ANZAC celebrations, school assemblies, Awards nights and other community events. The choir rehearses both during school hours and after school.
The school Drum Corp is an essential part of the Oakey Community. Students in the Drum Corp have the pleasure and responsibility of leading the annual Oakey Community ANZAC march. Being a member of the Drum Corp requires a commitment to rehearsals of minimum once a week.