The KHPS Strings Program commenced in 2016. It offers students from Years 1 to 6 the exciting opportunity to play violin, viola, cello or double bass with a beginners or intermediate ensemble.
The Strings Program aims to provide a high standard of tuition and performance whilst instilling a life-long love of music in the children. We focus very much on working as a group, with every member taking responsibility for their own part.
Our string ensembles perform throughout the year at school assemblies and functions, and local community events.
The Strings Program is currently divided into two ensembles to cater for different abilities and experiences. Children with at least 12 months experience with their instrument have the opportunity to join the Intermediate ensemble. The beginner’s ensemble includes string players with no prior strings experience up to 12 months of playing the instrument. We currently have 25 students across the two ensembles and look forward to the KHPS String Program growing further in the future years to come.
Beginner String Ensemble: Wednesday 3:10-4:10pm ULSTER
Intermediate String Ensemble: Friday 7:50-8:80 in PAS (Performing Arts Space)
Students are expected to be present at least 5 minutes prior to prepare for the session.
The Strings Program is conducted by Mr Mark Stevens, a professionally trained strings conductor and a double bass player.
Tuition and Instruments
Children will need to bring their own instrument, a strings music book and an A4 display folder.
Apart from the weekly strings rehearsals at school, children will need to have a minimum of half an hour music lesson with a private tutor on a weekly basis. A list of teachers is available upon request.
The Strings Program requires a financial commitment, as it is an extra-curricular activity for which the school does not receive funding to operate.
The fees are quoted on a per annum basis. All fees for the year are due by Week 4 of Term 1. The fees cover the cost of the weekly rehearsals, performances, sheet music and the use of rehearsal space and school equipment. The annual fee for 2017 is $580 (which equates to $145 per term).
The Strings Program is run by a sub-committee of the KHPS P&C, and reports directly to them regarding financial statements and the program in general.
String Ensemble Agreement
Children entering the Strings Program need to commit to the program for a minimum of one year. All members of the Strings Program need to sign a String Program agreement before commencement. This agreement outlines the commitment and responsibilities of each ensemble member.
The Strings Program is run entirely by volunteer parents of students in the Strings Program. The Strings Program committee roles include President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, and two Ensemble coordinators.
New volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in helping the Strings Program please contact us.
Fundraising and sponsorship:
The Strings Program committee organised several fundraising events in 2016 to help with the establishment of a music library and new equipment. If you have any ideas for future fundraising opportunities or would like to volunteer at the next fundraising event, please contact us.
We would love to hear from you as a prospective or existing parent. Please email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly indicating the nature of your enquiry so it can be directed to the appropriate person as outlined below:
Students interested in joining the Strings Program at any level or experience
Payments of fees
General enquiries, fundraising and sponsorship, performances.