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The Department of Education's instrumental music school services over 400 primary and secondary Western Australian public schools.

Piara Waters Primary School has an allocation for Flute, Clarinet and Brass (trumpet and trombone). Lessons are weekly for 30 minutes in Year 5 and Year 6. There are 5 places per instrument, 20 in total.

Process for Selection

All students complete an Aptitude test in Year 4, in term 3.  At this test, children list – in order of preference – what offered instrument they would like to learn if they had the choice. The test is then marked, and students are ranked from highest to lowest. The coordinator then meets with the students’ classroom teachers and music teachers to attain an idea of the student’s overall effort and suitability.

Once they have been shortlisted, the students have an Expression of Interest sent home (this does not mean they have a place in the program). They then also meet with the Flute, Clarinet and Brass teachers to assess whether the embouchure will impede success.

The final process sees the coordinator making any last-minute alterations and placements/offers are made.

If you have any further queries about this program, please speak to our music teach, Ms Rachel Thompson, or find out more online.