Some schools offer BOTH a band and a STRING ENSEMBLE.
The main difference between Band & String Ensemble is the instruments that are included. If you want to play a string instrument you should join the String Ensemble, if you prefer one of the other instruments, you should join the band.
Band - flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums/percussion
String Ensemble - violin, cello
Band is open to all students in years 3-6. Starting at a younger age is not advised due to the large size of the instruments, and the breath control required (band instruments don't come in smaller sizes for smaller hands and lungs!)
String Ensemble is open to all students in years 2-6. While it is possible to start at a younger age on a string instrument, the logistical requirements of learning at school without a parent present is the main reason we limit our programs from year 2. String instruments are available in different sizes for younger students.
Everyone should have a good quality, well maintained instrument.
Please see our INSTRUMENT INFO page for important details on the instruments that are offered as part of our programs.
You can HIRE or BUY a band instrument from DIM, or you can provide your own.
We recommend 5-10 minutes each day when you're starting out - about 5 days each week. Of course as you gain more experience, you'll need to practise more!
Every DIM student receives a music diary upon enrolment. This is a great tool for communication between parents, tutors and students. The diary is used to keep track of what happens in each lesson, and what follow up practise is required at home during the week. It can also be used for direct communication between the tutor and parent.
It takes a while to make progress when you're just starting out on an instrument. We expect a commitment for the first year, however some cancellations are accepted at the end of the term (no mid term cancellations)
Fees vary depending on the lesson structure that is offered at your school. Private lessons are more expensive than group lessons, however all students pay the same ensemble membership fee.
No, there are no additional costs for performances. All performances are included in your Ensemble Membership fee.
Yes, we are an approved provider, and accept all Creative Kids vouchers - that's $100 per year to go towards your fees.