Welcome to the Petersham PS Instrumental Music Program
The IMP is a parent-run program, administered by a subcommittee of the Petersham Public School P&C Association.
The IMP consists of four groups of ensembles: Band, Strings, Recorders and Percussion.
Our conductors are:
Band - Alexander Lee
Strings - Bronte Ellis
Recorder - Mikaela Sukkar
Percussion - Freya Steele
Our ensembles regularly perform at school events and a range of events in the wider community, including the Festival of Instrumental Music at the Opera House, Engadine Bandfest and Inner West Primary Schools Band Festival.
Everything you need to know about the Instrumental Music Program can be found in the Handbook. You can download it here: Instrumental Music Program Handbook
Aims of the IMP
- To give every student the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument regardless of their musical experience.
- To enable students to develop an appreciation and understanding of a wide range of musical styles.
- To provide every student with an opportunity to perform.
- To develop teamwork and leadership skills.
- To encourage a sense of responsibility and commitment.
About the IMP
Petersham Public School has a thriving music program led by the P&C Music Committee and our four conductors, and supported by the faculty, parents, and our enthusiastic and talented students. The program caters for all levels, from beginners to more experienced musicians, and students from Stage 1 and up are encouraged to participate. For most instruments, private tuition can be organised on school grounds before and after school, and most instruments can be hired from the IMP.
Being part of a musical ensemble is a wonderful opportunity for all children. No prior musical experience is needed to join the Junior Recorders, Stringlets, Training Band and the Percussion Ensemble. During their time in the program your child will learn to play an instrument (or two!), read music, and work together with their peers to produce wonderful music. The value of learning a musical instrument has long been acknowledged. Developing musical abilities has wide-ranging benefits in neurodevelopment as well as positive effects on many aspects of a child’s education. Being part of an ensemble helps a child to develop the cooperative and social skills required to be a valued member of any team.