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Music

We believe that every child is musical, and we love to see students enjoy the unique creative outlet that making music provides.

Music is fun! It plays such a unique and influential role in our lives and the world at large. Our purpose is to equip all our students to be confident and capable music makers in whichever ways they pursue. 

-Renate Sykes, Music Coordinator

Music is a tool that helps us process and communicate some of the more difficult things in life. Music is for everyone; as the Zimbabwe saying goes: 'if you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing'. 

The school years are a great opportunity for young people to develop themselves, and we see a solid growth in music across the college as the students get involved and find a love for the craft. Every student should try music and be exposed to things they might not otherwise experience.

In all our music programs across the school, students grow and learn teamwork. Every member of an ensemble brings a different aspect that adds to the final sound that’s produced. Students learn attention to detail and listening skills. They develop care and concern, working with one another to achieve the desired outcome, even in the face of difficulty.

Our music program starts in the classroom, is complemented by co-curricular choirs and bands and is supported by our instrumental program, which is staffed by skilled and talented tutors. All of this sits within our Christian Framework of being salt and bringing light in our community.

Classroom tuition

From Kickstart to Year 8, all students participate in the classroom music program which includes practical activities, development of musical understanding, aural training and opportunities to both compose and perform solo and in groups. In Years 9 and 10, music is offered as an elective. 

Private instrumental tuition

An instrumental program is offered for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students are taught by expert instrumental teachers in a choice of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, mallet percussion, French horn, trombone, trumpet and voice (singing).

Music gives me a chance to be creative. I’ve been playing the trumpet for four years, and my theory knowledge has really grown through private tuition. It’s a lot of fun. 

-Ky, Year 9

Lessons occur during class time on a rotating timetable and instrument hire is available for select instruments.

A music scholarship is provided for all Year 5 students whereby instrumental tuition is free and students pay only for the hire of the instrument.

Bands

Students in Years 5 to 12 have the opportunity to perform in our band program.

All Year 5 students participate in our scholarship program and are provided with lessons in either Flute, Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone, Saxophone or Mallet Percussion (Xylophone etc). These students form our training band, rehearsing weekly to improve musical skills and perform at assemblies.

Year 6 students also form a class band, including the above instruments and drums, bass and guitar. Students work together as a team and use their knowledge of music to compose and perform solo and in small groups.

Selected Year 6 students and high school instrumentalists are invited to join the Senior Band, which rehearses weekly before school and during pastoral care time. These students enjoy making music at a higher level and are our premier concert band.

Choirs

All students from Years 1 to 12 have the opportunity to participate in a choir.

The Junior choir is open to students from Year 1 and Year 2.

The Mezzo choir is for students from Year 3 to Year 6.

The Senior choir is open to all high school students.

The choirs rehearse once a week, either before school, at lunch time or near the end of the day.

The choirs and bands perform and play at assemblies, presentation night and community events.