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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 (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and voice. Other instruments may be offered in response to student demand.

Instrumental tutors provide a program of 8 lessons per term, to a maximum of 32 per year, and fees are charged to your College account. All lessons are half an hour in duration, with an option for paired lessons except drum kit, voice and piano. 


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I am completing this form to select: 

Private Instrumental Music Tuition

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

How many years experience do you have?

Who was your Instrumental Tutor last year?

Please indicate if you would prefer individual or paired lessons

Instrument Hire

Students will need to provide their own instrument of suitable quality (purchased or hired privately), or are able to hire an instrument through the College for an additional fee.

Music Ensembles

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

If you have any questions about these ensembles or need assistance to pick the correct one, please contact Samantha Taylor, Instrumental Music Coordinator:

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

Vocal Ensembles





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).

Mercedes College Music 2019 Terms and Conditions

Instrumental Lessons

Lessons take place during school hours and parents enter into an agreement with the College, with the Instrumental Music Coordinator receiving notices of enrolment and cessation of lessons. All other communication regarding timetabling and student progress will be with the teacher concerned.

Students in Years R-5 have a set lesson time each week. Where practical, students from Years 6-12 have a rotating timetable and are expected to attend lessons punctually. Specific lesson times are to be negotiated with the Instrumental Tutor and will be accommodated where possible. The recommended year level for students to commence instrumental lessons is from Year 2.

Tuition Fees

The costs for instrumental lessons for 2019 are:

  • Individual lessons $32.00
  • Paired lessons $17.00 

Tuition fees will be added to your College Account at the start of each semester.

Students are expected to commit to instrumental lessons for the duration of the term. For students to have the maximum opportunity for success, it is recommended that lessons are continued for at least one semester.

Cessation of Lessons and Fees Payable 

Once enrolled, students are committed to completing a full term of tuition. Parents and students wishing to cease lessons must inform their Instrumental Tutor and Instrumental Music Coordinator in writing before the current term has ended. The Instrumental Music Coordinator will forward a Cessation of Instrumental Lessons Form to complete. Unless notification is given, all instrumental lessons will automatically roll over to the next term, and a term’s commitment again applies.

In the case of a student ceasing tuition part way through a term, cessation fees are charged accordingly. Parents who give notice within weeks 1 & 2 of any term are liable for half a term's fees (4 lessons). If notice is given after the commencement of week 3 in any term the remainder of the term's fees (8 lessons) are payable.                                                                                       

Upon cessation, all College hired instruments must be returned by the end of term, otherwise charges may apply.

Instrument Hire & Accessories 

Students will need to provide their own instrument of suitable quality (purchased or hired privately), or are able to hire an instrument through the College for an additional fee.  

If you choose to hire through the College, the cost of instrument hire will be added to your college account and are listed as follows (prices are per term): 

Alto Saxophone: $140              Trumpet /  Trombone / Flute / Clarinet: $70              Violin / Viola: $50            Cello: $110

Students who wish to purchase their own instrument should buy a recognised brand, ensuring it is of adequate suitability. Please contact your child’s Instrumental Tutor or the Music Department for advice.

Accessories: All students are expected to provide their own guitar picks, reeds, strings and any other required accessories. In case of breakage where a student requires a working instrument for a lesson or performance, some accessories are available for purchase from the Music Department for an at cost price.

Instrument Storage and Maintenance

When brought to school, instruments are the responsibility of the student (both privately owned/hired or hired through the College). Where possible instruments should be kept in the provided storage areas located in both the Junior (Strathspey) and Senior (John MacDonald Music Centre) music areas. Students are discouraged from storing their instruments in the classroom or locker areas.

Instrument Insurance and Liability

Privately owned instruments should be privately insured. All instruments should have the student’s name and address clearly visible on the case, and where practicable, on the instrument. We encourage families to keep a record of the instrument serial number, whether owned or hired. The College does not provide insurance for the loss or damage to any items that do not belong to the College. This includes but is not limited to, negligence, instruments left on the College premises, and instruments hired through the Year 3 and Year 6 Classroom Programmes.

The student and parent are responsible, and must pay, for any damage to College hired instruments, and any damage must be reported immediately to the Instrumental Music Coordinator: 

Student Expectations

Students are expected to attend all scheduled instrumental lessons on time. Students need to bring their instrument (where appropriate), music and an instrumental diary to each lesson. If a student has forgotten their instrument then they are still required to turn up to their lesson.

Student Absence

Absences without prior notification will not be made up or credited unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. long term illness or long term vacation). It is the student’s (and parent/caregiver’s) responsibility to inform the Instrumental Tutor of any known absences, including school activities, tests, exams, excursions, camps etc. In the case of student absence from school on the day of an instrumental lesson it is imperative that the Instrumental Tutor be contacted via their preferred method of communication at the earliest possible convenience.

Contact Information

Instrumental Tutors will communicate with parents/caregivers, and provide their personal contact details prior to the first lesson. Parents should advise their child’s Instrumental Tutor regarding known absences. The Instrumental Music Coordinator will retain a copy of each Instrumental Form and will forward contact details of new students onto the appropriate Instrumental Tutor.

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.


A recommended practice routine of around 10-20 minutes per day is encouraged during the first year of tuition and, where practicable, 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.

Semester Reports

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


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.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions herewith.