ARC Children’s Choir focuses on developing vocal talent and musicality. We provide:
- Vocal techniques
- Music reading
- Sight singing
- Part singing and harmony
- On-line resources including practice tracks.
- Confidence and skill development in a fun and supportive learning environment.
To improve sight singing, we use the Mark O’Leary Sight Singing School program books. Students can also practice online at www.sightsingingschool.com
In 2016, we also incorporated the new Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) new Musical Theatre syllabus in our choir program, including technical work and required songs. Selected choir members have the opportunity to undertake AMEB Musical Theatre exams. Additional small group rehearsals are scheduled to assist in preparation for exams.
AMEB’s first dedicated Musical Theatre syllabus is designed to support a well-rounded musical theatre education from beginner to pre-professional levels.
Rehearsals for the ARC Children’s Choir are held at the Bridge- Preston (Formerly known as Preston Neighbourhood House) 218 High St Preston from 4.15pm to 5.15pm (Juniors) and 4.15-5.30pm (Seniors).
ARC Children’s Choir runs two concurrent sessions on Wednesday afternoons. Children will be matched to a choir group based on age and choral experience. Additional small group rehearsal time from 5.15-5.30 may be utilised for extension work and exam preparation as required.
ARC Children’s Choir perform in a range of community events. This has included the Darebin Carols in All Nations, Darebin Citizenship Ceremonies, ARC 20th Anniversary Concert at Banyule Theatre.
In 2019, ARC Children’s Choir will perform in Choral@Montsalvat on Sunday 5th May.
Further performances dates for the annual concert will be announced soon.
ARC is a not for profit community arts organisation. This program aims to provide an affordable and high quality choral program for children. To minimise costs, we fundraise throughout the year. However, to meet the operational costs of choir, choir fees must be paid each term.
There is an Annual Membership/Joining fee to ARC (Valid for 12 months). All Children’s Choir participants become associate members of ARC.
In 2019 Choir fees will be based on $10 per rehearsal (For example, 7 weeks = $70). These are invoiced on a term basis.
For further information on fees please refer to our Information for Parents page
On line learning resources
ARC Children’s Choir has on-line resources in the members section of our website. This includes MP3 learning files, practice tracks and recordings.