Introduction To The Keyboard
The keyboard introduces children of all ages to reading both treble and bass clefs, which is of enormous benefit if a child wants to try learning a second instrument or singing in a choir.
Keyboard allows the easiest and most direct access to a real understanding of music theory i.e. how music is put together by composers, thereby opening the doorway to composing and arranging.
Beginning on a keyboard is a very affordable way for parents to let their children try 'piano lessons' without committing themselves to investing in a piano before they are sure the child is going to continue.
Keyboard music is a great form of mental training. Through systematic development of eye-mind-hand coordination children can be taught to think about, cope with and do several things at once.
Introduction To The Guitar
An acoustic guitar is great fun to play on your own or with others, and being so light, it's very easy to bring to performance venues, or even just to parties/family get-togethers.
Guitar lends itself to playing by ear and is often suitable for students whose aim is to sing and accompany themselves. Guitar is a very expressive, absorbing instrument which lends itself to song-writing, improvisation and development of real musicality. We have previously worked with deaf and blind primary school students who have successfully learnt to play the guitar!
Guitar, as with all musical instruments, promotes self discipline and self-esteem which has related benefits in school work and life generally.
Introduction To The Concert Band
It's exciting to be a part of a concert band - with lots of live performance opportunities each school year! Students can learn to play the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone or percussion instruments.
A common path is for students to start with PMI keyboard lessons from when they are ~6 years old before changing instruments and joining the concert band in grade 3.
PMI concert band programs include a weekly 1 hour full band rehearsal (held either before or after school) focused on playing performance pieces as well as weekly lessons to master your chosen instrument!
Introduction To The Drum Ensemble
PMI's drum ensemble program this year will be focussed on "bucket drumming"! In the future, we are keen to also offer a combination of traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments across different terms of the school year e.g. snare drums, African drums, Polynesian drums, etc.
There is a large emphasis on performance - and most of all - the program is guaranteed to be loud and fun!
The weekly ensemble rehearsals are held in groups of 15-25 students for 30 minutes. Exact ensemble size and time duration of rehearsals is subject to the level of student participation and length of recess/lunch (where relevant).
All equipment and materials are provided to the school by PMI (i.e. at no additional cost to students). Weekly ensemble rehearsals are typically held during recess/lunch or before/after school depending on your school's preference.
Every school is different! We are very happy to discuss the needs of your particular school and design a tailored program. For example, we have offered successful lessons to "special needs" schools, deaf and blind students, high school students and parents.
Excitingly, we can also adapt our program delivery to access schools in all areas of Australia.