Code of Conduct

Gedragskode Code of Conduct 2015

Introduction

This Code of Conduct for all learners at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre was revised and approved in March 2006 by the Governing Body after thorough consultation with learners, parents and Te Teachers. The Governing Body has the statutory right and responsibility to implement the Code of Conduct to the advantage of the Music Centre and its learners strictly, consequently and without discrimination so that music tuition of outstanding quality may be provided on a continuous basis.

  1. Music Centre: The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, cnr Alexandra Road and Picton Street, PAROW
  2. Conduct: The way in which an enrolled learner of the Music Centre behaves or acts
  3. Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct as in the South African Schools’ Act 1996
  4. Learner: Any person who is an enrolled student at the Music Centre (orchestra learners included)
  5. Teachers: An educator as defined in the Employment of Educators Act (Act 76 of 1998) or any person who with delegated powers provides Music tuition on the premises of the Music Centre
  6. Parent: As defined in Section 1 (XIV) of the Schools’ Act 1996 Schools’ Act: South African Schools’ Act (Act 84 of 1996)
  7. A word which refers to a certain sex also includes the other sex.

Purpose of this Code of Conduct

  1. To lay down guidelines in respect of learner behaviour so that a safe, orderly environment, in which all learners can practise and develop their music talent in an undisturbed manner, may be created for purposeful and effective instruction and learning;
  2. To lay down guidelines in respect of the behaviour of members of other music ensembles who enter the premises to practise and/or perform here.
  3. To serve as guideline for those who supervise learners of the Music Centre.
  4. As required by the Schools’ Act, to lay down guide lines for effective disciplinary action in the even t of transgressions.

Obligations

All learners attend one lesson per week at a time agreed upon by the learner and the teacher concerned. Lessons cancelled at short notice (less than 24 hours) are forfeited. Lessons cancelled in advance and for a valid reason may well be made up for. Lessons cancelled by teachers are made up for. Lessons which cannot take place on account of official Centre matters, need not be made up for.

Lessons falling on public holidays fall away.  Learners subject themselves to the syllabus and/or repertoire planning as determined by the teacher concerned.

Learners undertake to do the necessary daily preparation in order to satisfy the requirements of the applicable syllabuses to the advantage of their personal development and the maintenance of the standards as determined by the Music Centre, based on the principle of continuous evaluation.
Every learner still attending school must, when the suitable standard of play has been attained, play in an orchestra for additional ensemble experience. Such learner attends at least one repetition a week of that orchestra/ensemble at a time determined by the conductor.

In the event of all public appearances by learners, the teacher concerned must be informed of the detail of such appearances and give permission for them with a view to assisting the learner with the preparation for such appearances, as the standard of play during a publc appearance reflects on the teacher and the Music Centre.

Should participation in other music activities outside the Music Centre result in a conflict of interests, Centre activities, as indicated on the annual programme, must be given priority. Clashes must be brought to the attention of the teacher/conductor concerned immediately so that, where necessary, alternative arrangements can be made.

Conduct

  • Classrooms, passages and corridors, toilets and the premises must be kept clean and neat at all times.
  • Learners may not run in the building.
  • Learners may not play on any other learner’s instrument without the consent/in the absence of the teacher concerned.
  • Learners may not enter a teaching venue in the absence of the teacher concerned without the that teacher’s consent.
  • Learners may not make themselves guilty of any behaviour which may cause temporary or permanent damage and/or result in harm to any person or any part of the premises or grounds.
  • Learners must show consideration for personnel, co-learners, parents and the security and contents of the Music Centre at all times.
  • In respect of concert dress, discipline, attendance, etc., learners must subject themselves to the rules of the orchestra of which they are members.
  • Cell phones must be switched off during lessons and repetitions.
  • No possessions may be left unattended in passages or venues.

The following are prohibited on the premises:

  • Pushing around, tripping of other learners
  • Running, playing in the building
  • Spitting, throwing water bombs
  • Games which may cause injuries and/or damage
  • Vandalism (inter alia scratching on walls/doors, damaging of Centre property)
  • Littering
  • Bullying of other learners
  • Swearing, using bad language
  • Smoking, liquor abuse
  • Drugs, pornography
  • Clinging together, pawing, kissing among learners
  • Roller skating, skateboarding
  • Firearms, catapults, knives, fire crackers or any other dangerous implements/articles which may endanger the safety/physical welfare of others

Dress Code

Although there are no prescriptions regarding dress code during lessons, learners are expected not to wear clothes which may offend co-learners, teachers or visitors to the Music Centre, or which restrict successful playing on the instrument concerned. The formal black and white concert dress is compulsory for formal concerts in the Auditorium.

Teaching Material and Resources

As the Music Centre is subject to strict measures regarding copyright, all learners are compelled to buy their own original sheet music.

The library of the Music Centre is merely a source of reference which is kept up to date to the advantage of teachers and learners and no original titles in the library may be removed from the premises of the Music Centre by any learner, parent or accompanist.

As learners must be in possession of the original sheet music during all practical examinations, it is each learner’s duty to buy such music betimes. Contact numbers of the suppliers/publishers are obtainable from the teachers concerned.

Learners must ensure that they have their instruments, requisites, sheet music and homework books with them at all lessons and orchestra repetitions .  The responsibility for accompaniment rests with the learner. Learners must obtain the services of a suitable accompanist for performances and make their own arrangements for the accompaniment, including practising times, remuneration and care of sheet music.

Handling and Maintenance of Instruments

  • Learners must ensure that their instruments are always clean and in good working order.
  • In the case of wind instruments teachers are entitled to refuse to continue with a lesson should a learner’s instrument pose a health risk to the learner, teacher or co-learners.
  • For security reasons instruments may never be left unattended in passages or venues which are not locked.
  • Learners may not play on other learners’ instruments without permission.
  • Pianos, harps and percussion instruments may only be played on and handled by the learners concerned.
  • Cello and double bass players must always use a T-wood or “black hole” to avoid making holes in the floor.

Concert Etiquette

  • Pupils must always act professionally when they perform on stage, both as a soloist and/or orchestra/ensemble member.
  • Always be punctual when you attend a concert. Do not walk in or out of a concert whilst someone is playing. Always wait for the applause before you enter/leave the concert hall. Be considerate and attend the entire concert – don’t leave after interval or when you have finished playing.
  • Cell phones must be switched off during concerts and rehearsals
  • No audio-visual equipment (cameras, video cameras, recording equipment) are allowed in the Auditorium.
  • No refreshments are allowed in the Auditorium or other concert halls.
  • Only audience members with a valid entry ticket are allowed to enter the Auditorium or concert hall.

Disciplinary Measures

Disciplinary measures will be instituted against any learner who infringes this Code of Conduct. Disciplinary steps will comply with the following requirements:

Sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Schools’ Act Regulations regarding the Code of Conduct and “Suspension and expulsion of learners from public schools’, as determined by the Executive Council In the event of loss of or damage to any Centre property the replacement costs and/or indemnification will be recovered from the learner’s parent(s).

The teacher who notices/experiences/observes a transgression acts against the transgressor by warning or reprimanding him or her, or by sending him or her out of the classroom or by referring him or her to the Head of Department. Details of transgressions are entered in the record book and, where appropriate, parents are informed of the transgression and the punishment. Where necessary, the matter is discussed at an official personnel meeting.

Should there be further transgressions by the same learner, the parents are interviewed and then a written warning is issued. Serious transgressions are investigated by the Principal and referred to the Governing Body.

The lessons of learners who are absent from a less on or an orchestra rehearsal more than twice without a valid excuse, may be suspended. The lessons of learners who are absent from an orchestra performance during one of the Music Centre’s official concerts as indicated on the annual programme may be stopped immediately. Genuine emergencies will be dealt with on merit.

A pupil may not attend lessons, masterclasses or workshops with another teacher (whether within or outside the Music Centre) without the permission of his / her teacher.

Legal procedure

The legal procedure followed when an accusation is made against a learner who has contravened the Code of Conduct is subject to Section 8(5) of the Schools’ Act and will be applied accordingly.

Indemnification

The Music Centre does not accept responsibility or liability for personal injuries or the theft of/ damage to instruments, requisites, equipment or vehicles during Centre activities (on the premises and elsewhere). Learners must take the necessary precautions themselves.

Conclusion

Although this Code of Conduct is concerned mainly with learners’ formal disciplinary transgressions relating to the Schools’ Act, certain written criteria which are in force at the Music Centre will be applied consequently and to the advantage of dedicated learners and teachers without prejudice to any individual’s constitutional right. These criteria are in accordance with the ethos of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

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