Department of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why was my child not selected for the instrumental music program?
    Each individual school is responsible for the selection of students into the instrumental music program offered by the Instrumental Music School Services. It is not possible to offer instrumental music tuition to all students; a careful selection procedure must therefore be followed. The recommended selection procedures for schools to use is outlined in the Student Selection & Student Commitment section of the site. Please speak to your school for further information regarding the selection procedure.
  2. What is the instrumental charge for a Departmentally owned instrument on loan from IMSS?
    This charge may vary each year. The Instrumental Loan Charge section contains details of the current rates.
  3. What is the duration of each instrumental lesson, and how often do they occur?
    Instrumental lessons occur once per week. The time allocations for the lessons can be found on the Provision of Instruments page.
  4. How many years will my child be able to receive instrumental lessons from the Instrumental Music School Services?
    It is expected that students commit to the Instrumental Music School Services program for at least 2-3 years, but all students will be encouraged to continue with their instrumental lessons for the duration of their time at a public school. More information can be obtained from The Instrumental Music Curriculum section of this site.
  5. If we decide to provide an instrument for our child's lessons, instead of hiring an instrument from the school, do we still have to pay any fees?
    Privately provided instruments may first need to be checked by the instrumental teacher to assess the condition of the instrument. Parents who provide their own instrument will not be charged a loan fee, but any other music fees remain the responsibility of each individual school. More information can be found on the Instrumental Loan Charge page.
  6. We are planning to hire a school instrument. What additional instrument accessories/equipment should we purchase for our child's instrumental lessons?
    The Instrumental Music School Services teacher will advise students and parents about the care and maintenance of the instrument, and the purchase of all instrument accessories/equipment. The Instrumental Music School Services Practice Journal is supplied to each student at no charge.
  7. My child's school offers violin lessons in Grade 3 and clarinet lessons in Grade 6. If my Grade 3 child accepts the offer of a place with violin lessons this year, when my child reaches Grade 6, can they change to the clarinet if the violin proves to be an unsuitable instrument?
    If a student accepts a place in the violin class in Grade 3, he/she is not permitted to accept a place in the Year 6 clarinet class three years later. More information can be obtained from the Provision of Instruments page.
  8. The flute is the only instrument offered at my child's school, but my child would like to play a brass instrument. If my child rejects the flute offer can they commence a brass instrument when they become a Year 8 at our area secondary school?
    Brass instruments such as trumpet, trombone and baritone are offered in some primary schools, while tuba, euphonium and french horn can be offered in some Year 8 secondary school music programs. If your child rejects the offer of learning the flute in Grade 6, there is no guarantee that a brass instrument will be offered to your child in Year 8.
  9. If my child begins clarinets lessons in Grade 6 and moves to a different government school in Grade 7, can my child continue clarinet lessons in the new school?
    There is no guarantee that your child will be able to access lessons at a different school. To continue clarinet lessons in the new school, the clarinet teacher of that school should be consulted prior to being accepted into the new class.
  10. Our family is travelling overseas for 5 weeks and my child would like to take her trumpet with us so she can maintain her practice. Since the trumpet is a hire instrument on loan from the school - are we allowed to take the instrument interstate or overseas?
    Regular practice is always encouraged, but there are a variety of risks associated with transporting musical instruments - especially interstate and overseas. It is recommended that instruments on loan from the Instrumental Music School Services be insured. Damage to privately owned instruments is the responsibility of parent/s. Information regarding the Insurance of IMSS instruments is located on the Provision of Instruments page.
  11. If my child's instrument requires repairs, are we expected to pay for repairing the instrument?
    Instruments on loan from the Instrumental Music School Services will be repaired as part of the loan agreement. Parents are responsible for all repairs for privately owned instruments. Parents can seek advice from their child's instrumental teachers about reputable repairers. More information of the maintenance of IMSS instruments can be found on the Provision of Instruments page.
  12. If my child encounters some problems with learning a musical instrument what should I do?
    You should always contact the instrumental teacher first if you have a question or concern about your child's instrumental lessons. Regular communication with your child's instrumental teacher through the Music Journal is always encouraged. More information can be found on our parent advice - Issues and Concerns page.
  13. A string has just broken on the instrument that we have hired from the Instrumental Music School Services. Will this string be replaced for free?
    If a string is broken on a hire instrument, the Instrumental Music School Services will not replace the string. The parent/guardian is advised to contact the teacher for a recommendation as to what replacement string to buy. Sometimes the string can be fitted in the shop; otherwise the teacher will fit the string at the next lesson. An exception to this rule is when the string breaks from old age (not from accidental over-tightening) within the first month of hiring the instrument.
Frequently Asked Questions

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