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​Instrumental music program

The instrumental music program aims to provide tuition on a wide range of musical instruments for the purpose of enjoyment, expression, and self development through participation in ensemble playing. To participate in the program students must apply and are then assessed as to their suitability.

The program aims to create and enhance opportunities for positive achievement and promote excellence in performance.

The program also aims to provide opportunities for socialisation and community involvement through public performances.

Instrumental instruction begins at year four for the string instruments and year five for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students may continue tuition in high school if there is a program available. If students set their sights on level five in their senior years at high school, they will have completed the equivalent of grade five, AMEB - a standard high enough to consider tertiary level study.

The school offers instruction in the following instruments:

  • French horn, flute, alto saxophone
  • Bass clarinet, clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Trombone, trumpet, euphonium
  • Percussion, tuba, violin
  • Cello, viola, bass guitar

For more information view the 2019 Instrumental Music Handbook.​


Sandy Maughan instructs brass, percussion and woodwind instructor and can be contacted at

Stella Rotar instructs strings and can be contacted at

Percussion ensemble

The percussion ensemble is offered to students in the upper school, and provides a wonderful adjunct to music-making opportunities in the classroom music program. The timbre of tuned percussion and the relative ease of technical facility required to create a satisfying musical response meets an immediate appeal with both student performers and the audience at large.


Three choirs operate weekly - the junior choir takes children in years 1 and 2, while the intermediate choir is made up of students in years 3 and 4 and the senior choir is made up of students in years 5 and 6. No auditioning is held as we pursue an ethos of equitable inclusion for all. It is however expected that a commitment to choir is maintained all year, as this fosters the sense of 'teamwork' necessary to the production of a better choral sound. Repertoire is chosen to reflect a diversity of cultural sensitivities and interests, and to enhance music literacy skills.