Sunday, January 28, 2018

Music lessons at school


Sign up for music lessons and music groups!!

Music lessons

Please sign up for music lessons at

If you cannot access this online, there are paper copies of the form available from the music office.

Music demo concert

We are looking forward to seeing and hearing all the itinerant teachers demo their instruments in assembly on Wed 7th at 1.45pm. 

Parent-teacher night includes music!

We have a short meeting on Wednesday 14th at 7.35pm (after the parent/teacher evening) for any parents who want to find out tips on practicing and how best to stay in touch with the music department.

What is available to learn?

  • flute
  • recorder
  • clarinet
  • saxophone
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • violin
  • cello
  • guitar (general)
  • classical guitar
  • electric guitar
  • bass guitar
  • drums
  • piano
  • keyboard
  • vocal
  • songwriting
  • bagpipes
  • beatboxing
  • hip hop dance

Music groups

All music groups are free. Please watch the daily notices for meeting times and auditons. There are sign up sheets outside the music office and also on the chisnallwoodmusic website

  • Choir (all comers) - Monday block 5
  • Irish Band (fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran, mandolin, guitar, bass, vocalist) - Tuesday 8am
  • Recorder ensemble (descant, treble, tenor, bass) - Wed 8am
  • Jazz Band (auditioned) - Thursday lunch/block 5
  • Orchestra - (all comers - must play an instrument) - Friday lunch/block 5
  • Marimba group (all comers, keyboard skills help) - Friday 8am
  • Rock band (auditioned) - after school practices
  • Theory Club (all comers) - Friday 2.45-4.20pm
  • Computer Music
  • Sound tech
  • Ukulele (all comers) - Mon lunch
  • String ensemble (string players) - Monday 8am
  • Jazz Combo (auditioned) - Thursday 8am

CDs and Music Calendars

There are a few 2017 school music CDs and music calendars left. If you missed out last year and want to purchase, here is the link.

Are you able to contribute to the Chissy "sponsor a music student" scheme?

Contribute to our sponsor scheme by filling in this form. You will get a receipt plus the reward of knowing you are helping invest into the music life of a Chissy student.


Part of the cool thing about learning music is the opportunity to play music in a group. Anyone who can read and play a few notes can be part of the orchestra. All our groups are free to join. Our sign up meeting for orchestra will be on Friday 9th Feb, in block 5 and bring your instruments on Friday 16th Feb block 5.


Sign up outside the music office. The first get together is on Monday 19th in block 5!

Other groups

Watch the daily notices for updates on choir, rock, jazz, marimba, ukulele, sound tech training and Irish band! There are sign up sheets outside the music office for these groups, and these will soon also be online on the music .website. 

Theory Club

The sign up for 2017 music theory club is online here. This free after school club will start on Friday 3rd Feb but students are welcome to join at any time through out the year. Returning students who want to sit an exam in march, please be aware that entries close Friday 10th!

Computer Music

There are three options for Computer Music

  • The computer Music lab is open most intervals and lunchtimes for students to create some music using various software on the music computers
  • There is a signup list for Leisure Ed - 12 weeks in term 2 and 3  for students not in winter sport who may want to focus on using the music computers for recording, creating, learning and sharing work both with software on the computers and in the cloud. Limited numbers
  • There will be a focussed 8 week course using Sonic Pi (sign up outside the music office).

Sound Tech training

Students wanting to become sound technicians are encouraged to sign up in term one outside the music office. Students on the list who prove they have the extra qualities needed such as able to follow instructions, problem solve, finish tasks and stay focussed are invited to a full day of training in either week one of the April holidays or a Saturday early term 2.

Upcoming dates to put in the diary:

Wed 14 February 7.35-8pm - You are welcome to a music presentation for any parents of current or potential music students at Chisnallwood. This will cover helpful information about lessons, groups and performances as well as tips on practice!

Sun 18 Feb Parklands@Play - Jazz, Irish and Co-Pilots 

Sunday March 4th 11am-3pm Children's Day at the Green Space, corner of New Brighton Road and Locksley Ave. Chisnallwood Jazz and Irish 

By Judith Bell

Photo Gallery — by Judith Bell