The LW Parry Preparatory School Music Department is co-ordinated by Mrs Eboney Yapp, who teaches classroom music to boys from Pre-Primary to Year 6. The Preparatory Music program is inclusive and engaging, adopting the Orff-Schulwerk approach and Kodály method to Music education. Boys participate in music making through singing, speech rhymes, folk dancing, composing, creative movement, music technology, music literacy and instrumental work, including playing untuned and tuned percussion instruments. Our Music philosophy is to instil a lifelong love and appreciation of Music, while educating boys in the fundamentals of Music, preparing them for participation in co-curricular ensembles.
Instrumental lessons are also available in the Music Department for a variety of instruments. Please direct all instrumental tuition enquiries to our Music Administration Assistant Ms Karen Sim on 9442 1648. Enrolment forms can be downloaded here or collected in hard copy from the Music Department office. Please note that all completed enrolment forms need to be handed in to your son’s classroom teacher, as they MUST be approved and signed by the class teacher and Year Co-ordinator before the Music Department can process your application.
Below are the details of the Preparatory School music ensembles. All ensembles run from Week 2 to the second last week of each term (aligning with all other Preparatory School extra-curricular activities).
Boys would normally have been learning their instrument for at least a year and can read music fairly well before requesting an audition to join the various ensembles. However, once they have reached this point, boys may request to join at any point throughout the year. We do hope every boy will take advantage of these fantastic opportunities to get involved in Music at Christ Church!
Preparatory School Choir
All boys in Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to join the Preparatory School Choir, which is directed by Mr Christopher Draber. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday in the Choir Room from 7.30am to 8.15am. The boys enjoy learning a wide range of songs and perform several times during the year at events such as Music assemblies, the performing Arts Festival, the Week of the Arts Music Concert and the Advent Carol Service. Year 3 boys will be invited to join the Preparatory School Choir at the start of Term 3, once they have had time to consolidate their vocal skills during classroom music. Boys can join the Preparatory School Choir at the start of each semester, so please do not hold back if you missed joining during the initial intake.
If your son is interested in joining this choir there is no need to fill out a form or contact the director, they just need to come along to the next rehearsal.
The Yahoos Choir is the only auditioned choir in the Prep School and its numbers are drawn from existing members of the Preparatory School Choir. The boys have numerous performances throughout the year and provide official music at many School events. Yahoos need to read music, already be a member of the Preparatory School Choir, but do not need to have any vocal tuition. The Yahoos rehearse twice a week (Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday mornings from 7.15am to 8.15am) and need to be able to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. If your son is interested in becoming a Yahoo, all he needs to do is come to the Prep Music Classroom (Fishbowl) and sign up for an audition time (auditions commence Friday Week 1). All other audition information will be communicated to your son through the daily bulletin.
The Prep Concert Band is directed by Miss Mia Brine and is for boys who play woodwind and brass instruments, keyboard, electric guitar, bass, drum kit and percussion (positions are by invitation). Boys need to read music fairly well and have at least a year’s experience on their instrument. The Concert Band plays a wide range of jazz, musical theatre and pop music pieces. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7.15am to 8.15am in the Fishbowl. If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mrs Yapp.
Christ Church’s oboe teacher Miss Jane Blanchard runs the Recorder Club on Tuesday lunchtimes in the Fishbowl (boys bring their lunch to eat in the room). This ensemble is for boys from Years 3 to 6 who have already had some classroom recorder lessons and are interested in becoming more proficient recorder players, and perhaps considering progressing to other wind instruments when they are older. The Recorder Club performs at such events as Prep School assemblies and the Week of the Arts Music Concert. If your son is interested in joining the Recorder Club, please speak to Mrs Yapp or Ms Blanchard, or just turn up at the next rehearsal.
String Orchestra is directed by Mr Jackson Vickery and is for boys who play violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and harp. Boys need to read music fairly well and have at least a year of experience on their instrument. Rehearsals are held every Monday in the Fishbowl from 7.15am to 8.15am. The String Orchestra competes each year in the WA Schools Orchestra Festival and will be performing at assembly and the Week of the Arts Music Concert. If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mrs Yapp.
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Classical Guitar Ensemble is directed by Mr Jozef Grech and is for boys who play classical (acoustic) guitar. Boys need to read music fairly well (not just tablature) and have at least a year of experience on their instrument. The Classical Guitar Ensemble plays a wide range of music and performs at assemblies throughout the year as well as the Week of the Arts Music Concert. Rehearsals are held every Friday in L2 (the lower ground floor room in the music tower). If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mrs Yapp or Mr Grech.
Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mr Steve Richter, is an activity for boys in Years 4 to 6 who learn percussion as an instrument. The boys learn about the full range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, compose their own pieces and play music from around the world. Performance opportunities include Prep assemblies, the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival, and the Week of the Arts Music Concert. Rehearsals are held every Friday in the Fishbowl at lunchtime (boys bring their lunch to eat in the room). If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mrs Yapp or Mr Richter to arrange an audition.
Prep Rock Band
Mr Jozef Grech, Mr Warren Hall and Mr Phillip Bailey direct Prep Rock Workshop – an after-school activity for boys in Years 4 to 6 who play rock band instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit and electric keyboard. Vocalist positions are by invitation. At least two years’ tuition on the instrument is required and the ability to read music is desirable. The boys learn how to play in an ensemble (keeping on beat and balancing volumes), set up and pack up their equipment and perform popular rock songs together. Rehearsals are held every Friday in the Music Undercroft (under the Chapel) from 3.15pm to 4.30pm (boys need to bring some afternoon tea to eat beforehand). If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mrs Yapp, Mr Grech, Mr Hall or Mr Bailey.
Piano Duet Club
Piano Duet Club is directed by Mrs Julie-Anne Timms and Mr Christopher Draber and is primarily for pianists from Years 4 to 6, although considerations are given to exceptional pianists in Year 3. To join, a student must have regular individual piano tuition from a teacher, through or outside the School, and have been learning for at least a year. Boys need to read music fairly fluently, have some sight-reading experience and entry is usually by invitation and/or audition. This process is to ensure the members are capable of being in a duet partnership; however, students who are not ready when they first apply are encouraged to re-audition in six months’ time. This club provides pianists with the opportunity to play a variety of repertoire from the classics to contemporary and gain valuable ensemble experience. Piano Duet Club operates during Friday lunchtimes, meeting in the Music Department foyer. There are several performance opportunities throughout the year including a talent quest! If your son is interested in joining this ensemble please speak to Mrs Yapp, Mr Draber or Mrs Timms.
Music Theory Club
Mr Jozef Grech runs the Music Theory Club for Years 3 to 6. This club is for boys who already learn some music theory from their instrumental teacher but would like some extra teaching assistance, a supportive environment in which to complete their theory homework, and like to play musical theory games with prizes! Music Theory Club meets each Wednesday lunchtime in the Fishbowl (boys need to bring their lunch to eat in the room).
Mrs Banyard, one of our secondary school music teachers directs this creative and technology-based activity with boys from Years 4, 5 and 6 who can read music and are interested in writing their own music. The club will meet every Monday at lunchtime in the Music Computer Lab (top floor of the Music Department, boys need to bring their lunch to eat in the Music Department downstairs foyer first). If your son is interested in learning about or joining this group, please speak to Mrs Banyard or Mrs Yapp.
Preparatory School Music Co-ordinator