The Performing Arts Program at MacGregor is an integrated part of daily life of our school. The students can choose to participate in the programs 3 strands - Dance, Instrumental and Choirs (singing& speech). At the end of each year a Gala Night is held for each of the three strands showcasing the amazing work that has occurred throughout the year. These are memorable nights, where students perform to the delight of parents and grandparents.
The Instrumental Music Program incorporates group tuition on all the string instruments and all the concert band instruments including brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Pivotal to the program is playing in the school ensembles of which there are 4 String Ensembles and 3 Concert Bands catering to students’ developmental skill level on their chosen instrument.
Inclusion in these ensembles is by way of audition, aptitude and skill-based selection procedures and is open to new students to the school dependent on a vacancy in the ensemble. Only new students who have met the selection criteria qualify for inclusion in the group tuition which is funding through Education Queensland.
Intake years for these programs are as follows:
Strings Program – year 3. Testing and selection process begins at the end of year 2.
Band Program – year 4. Testing and selection process begins at the end of year 3.
An expectation of being selected to be part of the String or Band Programs is that students will remain in the program until they leave Primary School. Available positions in the programs are limited with competition for placement highly desirable.
Our String Ensembles and Concert Bands at MacGregor maintain an extremely high standard of performance and consistently do very well at competitions and eisteddfods. The teaching staff who direct these ensembles are professional performers in their own right and bring to these ensembles a wealth of experience and discipline which benefits our students immeasurably.
Ensembles in the Strings Program are:
- Junior Strings
- Intermediate Strings
- Senior Strings
- MacGregor Strings
Ensembles in the Band Program are:
- MacGregor Concert Band
- MacGregor Wind Ensemble
- MacGregor Wind Symphony
Choral and Speech Choir
All students at MacGregor are encouraged to be part of the Choral Program. We have both singing and speech choirs catering for year 2 to 6 students. The philosophy of the Choral Program is that singing is a wonderful community activity and is open to everyone to participate in either a singing or speech choir.
Students participating in the Choral Program will learn the skills of vocal control and expression, performance discipline, the responsibility for memorizing their part and being a team member. Once students sign up for choir, they are expected to honour their commitment to the group for the whole year. Throughout the year all the choirs compete in a variety of competitions and eisteddfods, perform at school and community events playing an important role in school life at MacGregor.
The Singing Choirs are as follows:
The Speech Choirs are as follows:
- Year 1 Speech choir
- Year 2 Speech Choir
- Senior Speech Choir – for years 3 to 6
Dance is a vital and energetic part of the Performing Arts Program at MacGregor. It reflects the multi-cultural life of MacGregor with an impressive array of dance styles and cultures represented. Each dance troupe has a highly qualified and motivated instructor to direct students and create age appropriate routines. Costumes are provided for each troupe. At MacGregor, dance is an important part of the whole program with participation encouraged for all aged group. An Excellence Program called Dance Excellence is led by an industry professional and seeks to extend and accelerate students through a rigorous program. Performance opportunities are throughout the year with an end of year Gala Concert.
The Dance program consists of:
Dance Excellence – an auditioned group for year 4-6
Polynesian Dancers - All year levels
MacGregor Dancers (Jazz and Contemporary)
- Prep Tiny Tots
- Year 1 Tony Tots
- Year 2 Mac G Dancers
- Year 3 Mac G Dancers
- Year 4/5 Mac G Dancers
- Year 6 Mac G Dancers
Chinese Dancers - Years 3-7
Greek Dancers - Years 3-7