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Private Music Tuition and Ensembles

Private Music Tuition and Ensembles

The College has a number of qualified and experienced Instrumental Tutors. Lessons are offered for the following instruments: piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and voice. Other instruments may be offered in response to student demand.

Instrumental Tutors provide a programme of 8 private lessons per term for students who wish to learn a musical instrument. All lessons are half an hour in duration. Lessons take place during school hours and parents enter into a direct agreement with the teacher concerned. Small group lessons are offered at the individual teacher’s discretion, according to age and ability. There will be a maximum of 32 lessons for the school year.

Students from Reception to Year 5 have a set lesson time each week. Students from Years 6-12 have a rotating timetable. Specific lesson times are to be negotiated with the Instrumental Tutor and the Music Coordinator and will be accommodated where possible.

A recommended age for students to commence instrumental lessons is in Year 2.

Cessation of Lessons

Lesson fees will be added to your College account at the commencement of each semester. Students wishing to cease lessons must inform their Instrumental Tutor and Music Coordinator in writing before the current term has ended.


Student's First Name

Student's Surname

Parent's Name

Parent's Email

Parent's Phone

What instrument(s) do you play/wish to learn?

How many years experience do you have?

Private Instrumental Music Tuition

Who was your Instrumental Tutor last year?

Please indicate if you would prefer individual or paired lessons

Music Ensembles

All students are encouraged to be part of a school band, choir, or other official school ensemble upon reaching the required standard.

Please select the ensemble(s) you wish to participate in:

Other ensembles may be offered throughout the year in response to student demand and experience.

It is expected that students commit to their ensemble’s performances and weekly rehearsals for at least one semester. There will be a charge of $20 per ensemble debited to your school account for each semester (except for the Festival Choir, which will be $30 to cover the three terms).

Points to Note

Instrument Storage and Maintenance

When brought to school, instruments are the responsibility of the student. Where possible the instrument should be kept in the storage areas located in both Music Rooms. Privately owned instruments should be privately insured. All instruments should have the student’s name and address clearly visible on the case.

If your instrument is not functioning as it should, please inform your Instrumental Tutor or one of the College Music staff. Do not attempt to fix the instrument yourself. Under most hire agreements, all repairs must be made through the instrumental provider.


All students who undertake instrumental tuition are required to complete this form before instrumental lessons can be arranged. Parents are asked to read and fully understand the information on this page before lessons can commence.

Instrumental Diary

Every student is encouraged to purchase a Music Diary, or a suitable alternative. This diary is to be brought to every lesson, as it is an important communication and record-keeping tool.

Semester Reports

The Instrumental Tutor will complete a written report on each student’s progress at the end of each semester.

Student Absence

In the case of a student absence from school on the day of an instrumental lesson it is imperative that the Instrumental Tutor be contacted on their private number, text or email at the earliest possible convenience. This includes known school activities including excursions, camps, exams etc.

Instrumental Tutors are not obliged to make up/credit any lessons missed without proper notification. Other than long term illness or long-term vacation absences from lessons will be paid for and no lessons will be ‘made up’ when a student is absent without prior notice.

Contact Information

All Instrumental Teachers will communicate their personal contact details to students at the first lesson. Parents are encouraged to keep in contact with their child’s Instrumental Tutor, especially regarding known absences. The Music Coordinator will retain a copy of each Instrumental Form and will forward contact details of new students onto the appropriate Instrumental Tutor.


A recommended practice routine of around 10-20 minutes per day is encouraged during the first year of tuition and 30 minutes per day subsequently. Your Instrumental Tutor will provide advice on how to best structure practice sessions.

Use of Practice Rooms During School Hours

Students are not permitted to use the practice rooms or classrooms for private practice during school hours (including before and after school) unless they are properly supervised and consent is obtained by the Music Department Staff.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to attend all scheduled instrumental lessons on time. Students need to bring to each lesson their instrument (where appropriate), music and an instrumental diary. If a student has forgotten their instrument then they are still required to turn up to their lesson. Absences without prior notification will not be made up. It is the student’s (and parent/caregivers) responsibility to inform the Instrumental Tutor of any known absences, including school activities, tests, exams, excursions, camps etc.