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May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this year such a huge success in all things musical at Coorparoo State School.  The Bands, Orchestra, Choirs, Percussion Ensembles and Recorder Ensemble have been busy all year and have had a fabulous time. 

Thank you to Mr Murphy, Mr Kennedy and Mr Craswell for your continued support with each and every musical event that we have.  I know I can rely on you to get the job done and I couldn’t do it without you!  Thanks gentlemen!

An enormous thank you must go to Ms Flemming and Mr Arnow for their tireless work with the strings and band children.  They are sounding great and we look forward to hearing them again in 2018. 

Thank you to all the parents who are involved with the Music Sub Committee – we couldn’t run our different concerts, fund raisers and other events without your support.  We really appreciate your help.

To the classroom teachers who help with ensembles – Kirsty Muir, Leanne Davissen and Iris Van Sloten – a huge thank you ladies for all the extra time you give to the Music program at this school.  Our school and students are all the richer for your contribution every week.

A special thanks must go to our two wonderful Music captains – Ella Cross and Josie Angus.  They have been a delight all year and it has been wonderful to witness their musical growth over their primary school years.  You always jumped into the jobs that needed to be done, without complaint, and I really appreciated that.  I will miss you girls.  Best of luck in the future and I want to be invited to your music concerts in the future!!  Stay in touch!

Finally, parents, thank you for allowing us to teach your children how to sing and/or play an instrument.  We really appreciate your efforts, getting the children to all the events and rehearsals on time each and every week.  Without you, there would not be a Music program.

Wishing every family a happy and safe Christmas holiday and I hope to see you all again, for bigger and better things in 2018.

Annelle Vogler


School Instruments and Music

Students are reminded that all school instruments and music should now have been returned to school, except for Year 6’s who will have theirs collected after their performance at their Graduation.


It is traditional for the graduating Year 6 students from the Senior Concert Band to play one or two items before the start of the Graduation Formalities. Mr Arnow has given his Year 6 students a note about this.  Students who did not receive a note can get one from Mr Arnow.


All new beginners for 2018 should have received a sheet entitled Instrument Selection and Test Results on Friday.  There is a tear off slip that must be returned to the school office by Monday 4 December.  Upon receipt of this slip parents will be sent a Confirmation Letter which will confirm the instrument the child will be learning and give the parents additional information.


All of this year’s Junior Band students should have received a sheet entitled Preparing for a Student’s Second Year in Instrumental Music. This sheet needs to be completed and returned to the school office by Monday 4 December or as soon as possible.  It doesn’t matter if students are going to a different school or aren’t sure if they are doing instrumental music next year, ALL students are asked to return a completed form. Most would also have received a Purchase of Musical Instruments booklet if they need to purchase an instrument for next year.

Thank you for a great year, good luck to our students who are leaving us and I look forward to working with you next year.

Ethan Arnow


5 Senior band rehearsal (Yr 6 only)
6 Yr 6 Graduation Senior band




Coorparoo State School has one specialist Music Teacher, Ms Annelle Vogler. Specialist music lessons are held weekly for every class during which children invent, sing, play, read and enjoy music.

Coorparoo State School maintains a "state of the art" Music Block which was built in 2003 and includes: a large class teaching space, one sound proof rehearsal room, a large instrumental teaching room and a number of smaller store rooms for instruments.

The school offers the following Ensembles:

  • Kijini Choir (Years 1 and 2)
  • Pop Choir (Years 3-6)
  • Competition Choir (Years 3-6) by audition only
  • Senior and Junior Band
  • Strings Orchestra
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Recorder Ensemble

Instrumental Music Program

This school runs a very large and successful Instrumental Music Program, aided by the support of the Music Committee.

Strings lessons are available for selected students from Years 3 - 6. Brass, woodwind or percussion instruction is available to selected students from Years 5 - 6. Selection occurs towards the end of Year 2 and Year 4. Information is sent home to parents at that time.

The students in this program receive weekly lessons for their instrument, given by specialist teachers. Upon selection to the program, a school instrument may be hired for the first twelve months of tuition, and certain large instruments may be hired for longer periods.

Students learning any of the less expensive instruments will be required to purchase their own instrument after that first year. Details of costs and instrument hire fees and further information on the music program is available in the Music Handbook.

Students in the program are offered the opportunity to play in the Senior or Junior Band, and the Strings Orchestra. Some students also participate in small ensemble work. Each year, Coorparoo State School performs at MusicFest, SingFest, Education Week, Prom Concerts, Gala, fetes and other events as opportunities arise throughout the school year.

We pride ourselves on our instrumental music program and endeavour to give each child an insight into the world of music.