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Students at Kedron State School are offered a variety of opportunities to be involved in a number of extra-curricular musical groups including choirs and ensembles, led by the classroom music specialist, Michelle Lupton, the instrumental music teacher Paul Johnston, and the strings specialist David Galbraith. 

Junior choir

This choir is open to all students in prep through to year 2. Students are not auditioned. The junior choir rehearses each Tuesday at first break. Students attend extra rehearsals in the lead-up to performances and concerts. The junior choir performs at assemblies, Grandparents Day, Recital evening, End of Year concert, Christmas carols concert and many other concerts throughout the year. All students need to purchase a display folder to store their music, and sign a consent and commitment form. Junior choir students have a party each term to celebrate their learning, and end the year with a pizza and treats party. A choir application form for 2016 will be available.

Senior choir

This choir is open to all students in years 3 to 6. Students are not auditioned. The senior choir rehearses each Wednesday at first break. Students attend extra rehearsals in the lead-up to performances and concerts. The senior choir performs at the ANZAC Day ceremony, Induction ceremony, assemblies, Grandparents Day, Recital evening, End of Year concert, Christmas carols concert and many other performance opportunities throughout the year. All students need to purchase a display folder to store their music, and sign a consent and commitment form.  Senior choir students are welcome to apply for the annual Choral Honours Camp held at Birralee headquarters at Bardon, and attend Singfest. Senior choir students have a party each term to celebrate their learning, and end the year with a pizza and treats party. A choir application form for 2016 will be available.

Recorder tutoring

Tutoring is open to all students from prep through to year 6 and is held each Monday at second break. It is a wonderful opportunity for students in years 3 to year 6 to gain some additional support to assist them with their compulsory recorder assessments conducted each term. Younger students enjoy learning the basics of playing the recorder, and quickly achieve the ability to play simple songs such as 'Hot Cross Bun' and 'Mary had a Little Lamb'.

Blackbelt testing

Students from year 3 to year 6 learn the recorder as part of their music lesson each week. The Blackbelt recorder textbooks are used as a teaching tool, and students are assessed on levels ranging from a white belt to a black belt.  Students are welcome to be tested on each level each Monday at second break to receive their next coloured belt on their recorders and a sticker in their recorder textbooks.

Kedron Idol

Kedron Idol is a talent contest open to all students from prep through to year 6.  Students display a variety of talents including singing, dancing, hoop twirling, gymnastics, cheerleading, instrumental and comedy performances. Kedron Idol attracts special guest judges, including celebrities such as Jon Bon “Fogi”, “Foga”rotti, Puff “Foga” Diddy, Katy Perry and Delta Goodrem lookalikes. The P&C committee are very strong supporters of Kedron Idol, and provide very generous prizes for the top ten performers.

Busking days

Busking days are held throughout the year, where all students from prep to year 6 are invited to set up a busking station to perform an act. Tokens are used by audience members to vote for their favourite acts and the buskers who collect the most tokens receive prizes.

Musical madness Mondays

On various Mondays throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to view musicals such as 'The Sound of Music' and 'Mary Poppins' during the lunch break.

Instrumental music

The brass/wind/percussion instrumental music program at Kedron State School is a dynamic and exciting addition to the study of music at our school. We take great pride in our program that caters for all brass, woodwind and percussion instruments from years 5 to 6. Our senior concert band and junior concert band are enjoyable groups that rehearse at 7.30 am before school each week on Thursdays.

Students who are fortunate enough to be accepted into the program also receive a free half hour lesson each week. Our ensembles perform regularly throughout the year at school and community functions, festivals and competitions. Additionally, students benefit from the Northside Cluster Beginner and Honours camps – both culminate in a massed concert in the city, giving students a strong sense of accomplishment and pride. In 2014, we adopted a band uniform which will further enhance the profile and esteem with which we hold for instrumental music here at Kedron State School. The current instrumental music teacher is Paul Johnston.

Strings program

The Kedron State School P&C Association operates a strings program for the students on Tuesday and Friday of each week. Students attend a reasonably priced group lesson during school hours. After a year of learning, students also attend ensemble. Senior ensemble (Spirito) is held each Tuesday morning at 7.30 am and junior ensemble (Vivo) is held each Friday at 7.45 am. Students who attend private lessons for violin, viola, cello or bass can also join an ensemble group. In the first year of learning, a student can loan a school instrument for which there is a small loan maintenance fee.
 
Students are involved in various performances throughout the year, including parade performances and end of semester concerts
 
The current strings teacher is David Galbraith.