Miles Franklin Music Scheme

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Please contact to make any enquiries about the Music Scheme. Alternatively visit their website at

The Music Scheme Enrollment Form is available through the MFPS DropBox.

Music at Miles Franklin Primary School

Miles Franklin Primary School has a musical tradition going back to the early 1980s, when the Music Scheme commenced, enabling private music teachers to come into the school to give lessons for a fee to school children. This scheme continues to operate. The Music Scheme is ran by parent volunteers as part of the school P&C.

Each year, the Music Scheme runs a Music Festival in August, providing an opportunity for children learning music at school, and children from outside the school, to perform in public. As well as giving a focus for the music tuition, it also builds the confidence of children, giving a public demonstration of success in what they have done. Although prizes are awarded in the form of ribbons, the achievement of each child is recognized through receiving participation certificates.

The Music Scheme is run by parents of children at the school, and provides a way to become involved in the music life of the community. There are always jobs to help with, particularly as the Music Festival approaches. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged, and the harmonious relationships arising in the committee from working to improve the school culture is valued by everyone.

Music Lessons

Private music tuition is available at Miles Franklin Primary School, conducted during School hours. Children come out of classes individually for half-hour lessons, with the time of day varying each week to minimize disruption to normal classes. Private music teachers come to the school to deliver these lessons.

Instruments taught include:

  1. Piano
  2. Keyboard
  3. Guitar
  4. Recorder
  5. Flute

There have been lessons in the past in violin, but these teaching positions are currently vacant. Please let us know if you are interested.

The Music Scheme is run by a committee of volunteers, parents with an interest in the School, with support from the Teaching staff.

Parents pay for one term's lessons in advance at a rate set by the committee of the Music Scheme. There is also a $10 per year levy payable to the Music Scheme to cover administrative costs with running the Scheme.

The Scheme owns a number of musical instruments which children can hire if they do not own an instrument, enabling them to have some lessons before committing to a purchase. The Scheme also owns some music which can be borrowed for a term, reducing the amount of music that a child will need to purchase.

Each year, the Scheme runs a Music Feastival in August, providing an opportunity for children learning music at school and children from outside the school to perform in public.

At the end of each year, the Scheme runs a concert, where the children learning music or singing in the Choir have a chance to perform for everyone.

The profits from the Scheme's activities are used to purchase equipment used by the School, so the children benefit both from the cultural experience of learning music, as well as by the facilities that can be provided from the profits

Music Festival

The Miles Franklin Music Festival has been running every year since 1986, and attracts more than 500 entries in the various sections.

There are separate sections for:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Recorder
  • Woodwind/Brass
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic guitar with voice

Solo performances, duets, trios and ensemble performances are in separate sections. The event schedule lists the age groups of the separate sections and the entry fees.

The conditions of entry should be read carefully to avoid disappointment. There are time limits for performances that depend on age, and rules on copyright which must be observed. A photocopy of the music is needed by the adjudicator which will be destroyed after the festival.

The emphasis in the Festival is to encourage participation by children, rather than emphasizing competitiveness. It gives children an opportunity to practise and work towards a public performance. All students receive a participation certificate in recognition that it is the performance that is most important.

All sections are adjudicated except for the guitar and guitar-with-voice sections, and prizes in the form of ribbons are awarded. Adjudicators provide a written report, pointing out the strengths of the performance, and encouraging further improvement.

The School Canteen is open during the Festival for tea and coffee, cakes or for a meal.

The Festival is run by volunteers from the School community and friends.

After reading the conditions of entry, you can enter children in the next Festival. After entries have been finalized, copies of the program will be emailed to people who have entered through the website. Printed copies of the program will be available from the School and during the Festival.