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Music and Army Band Work Experience Year 10 Students Guide

The Army is not just a place for defence-related work as it requires diverse skills sets to support its main function. It offers a wide range of career opportunities from pilot, medical officer and combat systems operator through to vehicle mechanic and army band member. Work experience Year 10 students who possess excellent musical skills and a passion for performance can spend a few days in the Army band’s work experience program.

About the Army band placement

The army band offers a structured work experience Year 10 level program for a period of 5 days. Qualified students will be exposed to practical activities and opportunities to practice with different musical groups. The placement is expected to help students discover career options in the field of music and hone their skills in a particular musical instrument.

Skills required

To qualify for this program, a student must be able to play at least one instrument and read music well. Musical instruments open for work experience in the Army band include:

  • flute
  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • saxophone
  • bassoon
  • French horn
  • Tuba
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Orchestral percussion and
  • Timpani

Applicants must also meet the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Grade 7 standard as a condition for acceptance.

How to apply for work experience

  • Year 10 students must fill out an application form and submit this accompanied by a letter from the school’s music teacher or school music department. The letter must state the student’s level of musical ability and performance experience.
  • Applications are ordinarily coursed through the school coordinator who will also be notified of a student’s acceptance.
  • Vacancies for work experience in the Army band are limited so it’s best to apply early.
  • Accepted Year 10 students are required to execute a Work Experience Placement Agreement which must also be signed by their parents or guardians and the school principal.

The Army band work experience program lasts for 5 days from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The first day is usually set aside for Induction—a process of learning about the workplace, assigned tasks, health and safety rules and different personnel.

Work experience Year 10 placements allow musically inclined students to discover career directions. Entry into the Army band is highly competitive and work experience allows a student to gain a foothold in the Army band after school. A placement in the Army band is also a great opportunity to perform with talented musicians.

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