Music Matters

Hi and welcome to the first edition of “Music Matters” for 2018.
My name is Mik Weir and I am the new Leading Teacher in Music at Carranballac. I’ve spent the last 24 years of my career working as a music specialist or classroom teacher in primary settings, predominately in the inner west of Melbourne. I am very excited by the opportunity to work in the P-9 setting, in a school that so highly values music and with such capable music staff. I am a lifelong musician myself and I look to combine with our staff to encourage a love for music in your child. A big year looms, so let’s get started…


I had the opportunity to attend some of the concerts at the end of last year and in collaboration with the music team, I look forward to building on the successes of 2017’s presentation. Here are some of our plans:

  • Continue to show the growth of students by presenting the full Year F-4 range at each concert
  • Seek a larger venue to reduce the number of concerts required, while extending the length of the concert to around 45 to 60 minutes
  • Showcase the full range of musical experiences that the children are exposed to e.g. recorders, ukuleles
  • Explore an example of Year 5 and 6 learning at each concert
  • Holding the concert earlier in the year to reduce the demand on families and teacher’s time at the busy end of the year.


If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it - you can make contact with me through the Office.


After the success of last year’s camp, we are moving the date of the Senior Rock Band Camp (again at Riddles Creek) forward to Wednesday 7 March to Friday 9 March (week 5). Notes will be sent home soon. Junior Rock Band Camp will also be at Riddles Creek in Term 2 (week 3), Wednesday 2 May to Friday 4 May. These camps will give the students an opportunity to kick start their year in terms of their relationships with other band mates, their repertoire, their collaboration in running rehearsals, and also providing a performance opportunity at a nearby primary school (on the Friday of camp).


I will be rehearsing with the Junior Band on Tuesdays, while the Senior Band will continue to practice on a Friday with Ms. Colston-Ing.


A guest artist is about to be locked in for the Friday of Week 1 and 2 of Term 2. Writing original songs will be a feature of the band program this year.

Who knows... maybe there’s a top ten hit lurking inside one of our up and coming musicians!


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