Developing skills, building confidence and fostering friendships

Learning music is very much a part of general school activities at St Andrew’s Cathedral School and contributes immensely to the general tone and fabric of our school.

There are many performance opportunities provided by the school:

  • Public lunch-time concerts in the Cathedral on Mondays at 12.30pm
  • Performances at every assembly
  • Maestros concerts in Fairfax (S801) on Thursdays at 3.30pm
  • Soirées presented by instrumental and singing teachers once a year
  • Showcase concert held annually
  • Performances (gigs) around the city for various charities and business functions
  • End of year Evening of Celebration and Prize-giving and special award assemblies
  • School events

Tuition program

The Music Department engages a large number of visiting instrumental teaching staff, covering a wide range of vocal, string, wind, brass, keyboard, guitar, music craft and percussion instruments. Individual lessons are delivered weekly during term time. Most students receive a 30-minute individual lesson per week, but as the student progresses on the instrument, lessons may be extended to 45 or 60 minutes.

Many parents /guardians enquire as to how they can help encourage their child with their musical studies. The most important help you can give is to organise your child into a regular practice routine. Ideally, this should be done at a set time each day – before school, after school or in the early evening. Practice should be done at least five times per week. The amount of practice time required will vary from teacher to teacher and student to student.

Beginners should start with approximately 10 to 15 minutes for each practice session. The rate of progress and the amount of pleasure derived from playing an instrument depends largely upon the amount of practice, the regularity of practice and the concentration and effort that are applied during the practice routine.

Additionally, each student who is learning individually is encouraged to participate in ensembles. These ensembles are graded so that each student can be placed into a group appropriate to their level of proficiency. These activities are designed to supplement and extend the work that is covered in private lessons and also to provide performance opportunities at various concerts that are arranged during the year.

Ensemble opportunities

Junior School Ensembles
  • Junior School Choir (Years 3-6)
  • Junior Choir (Years 3-6)
  • Junior String Orchestra
  • Junior Band
  • Junior Tuned Percussion (Years 4-6, piano or mallet percussion players only)
  • Junior Chapel Band (Stage 3, auditioned)
  • Junior Training Strings
  • Infants Choir
  • Music Maestros Concert (not a regular commitment)
  • 3-6 Music Craft (paid class)
  • K-2 Music Craft (paid class)
  • Chamber Group (by invitation only)
  • Wind and Brass Extension Group (by invitation only)
  • Rock Band (auditioned)
Middle School Ensembles
  • Senior Choir
  • Middle School Choir (Years 7 – 8)
  • Senior Choir (Year 9)
  • Boys Vocal Ensemble
  • Girls Vocal Ensemble
  • Middle School Strings
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Stage Band (jazz)
  • Chapel and Rock Bands
Senior College Ensembles
  • Senior Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Boys Vocal Ensemble
  • Girls Vocal Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Chamber Music
  • Chapel and Rock Bands

All music information can be found on the Parent Portal site, in the performing arts forms area under Music. If you have any questions regarding our ensembles, please give our Music Administrators a call on 9286 9537 or email

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