The Private Music Tuition Program welcomes advanced and beginner students from the College. Under the tutelage of professional musicians, students develop specific skills that enable them to excel in voice, instrumental, musicianship or music theory. This will enable them to perform individually and in ensembles.

After reading the following Private Music Tuition Operating Procedures and additional information, please select the course you wish your child to attend and complete the enrolment form below. Use a separate enrolment form for each child and for each instrument.

Private Music Tuition Operating Procedures

  1. Students electing to have private music lessons are to commit to a full term of tuition (eg. one lesson per week for the term) and parents should liaise with Faculty Coordinator Music to discuss and arrange appropriate tutors and bookings. Students are assigned to tutors by the Faculty Coordinator Music.
  2. It is expected that parents liaise direct with tutors to ensure clear lines of communication particularly as it relates to absence, excursions, exams or sickness. If the following advance notice is given the lesson will be re-scheduled.
    1. If the student is unable to attend a lesson due to exams, sport commitments, excursion or incursion, the tutor must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson.
    2. If a student is unable to attend a lesson due to sickness, the tutor must be notified by 8.00am on the day of the lesson.
  3. A tuition calendar will be published at the start of each term indicating the date of your son’s first lesson and the full details of term’s lessons.
  4. The College will undertake responsibility for the invoicing of music program fees. The College will invoice parents a term’s music program fees at the commencement of each term. The fee rate for 2020 was $50 per half hour lesson and has now been increased to $52 per half hour lesson in 2021. A term’s private music tuition fees will be payable through Synergetics. In the case where a student begins music tuition after the official start date or midway through a term, parents will only be billed for lessons completed. The College will take responsibility for payments to music (peripatetic) tutors.
  5. Extra lessons can be given (and are charged separately) after the 33 designated lessons have been completed at the agreement of both the parent and tutor.
  6. Secondary School lesson time scheduling takes precedence over Primary School lessons. For example, before school, recess, lunch and after school lesson times will be prioritised for Secondary School students.
  7. Senior students wishing to take 45 or 60-minute lessons must consult with the Faculty Coordinator - Music.
  8. Should a student withdraw during the term’s program the balance of the term’s fees will be non-refundable
  9. If a student wishes to discontinue tuition, the College requests that written notification be provided by the last day of a term.
  10. Changes to a student’s tuition must be approved in advance by the Faculty Coordinator Music.
  11. All students having vocal tuition or learning a woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument at the College are encouraged to participate in the Cocurricular Music Program. The minimum basic participation requirement is that students attend weekly rehearsals and associated performances in each of the core ensembles, they being the choir and concert bands. Additionally, students may wish to participate in stage band and/or the smaller ensembles.
  12. It is preferable that student own their own instruments, however a limited number of instruments are available to hire from the Music Department. The cost of instrument hire was $120 per semester in 2020 and this will probably increase by 3% in 2021. The maximum hire term is three years.

Instrument and Vocal Tuition

Lessons are available in the following instruments and voices:

Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone

Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone and Tuba

Percussion: All Orchestral Percussion instruments and Drum Kit

Keyboard: Piano

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

Guitar: Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitar

Voice: Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and Music Theatre 

Musicianship & Music Theory

Private Music Tuition Calendar 2021

In 2021 the number of lessons per term will be:

  • Term 1 – 9 lessons
  • Term 2 – 8 lessons
  • Term 3 – 9 Lessons
  • Term 4 – 7 Lessons

Additional Information

  1. Each lesson taught is assessed and recorded in the student’s Music Tuition Handbook or the online version in Class OneNote. If the hardcopy is used, it must be brought to each lesson. Lesson content and the student’s level of preparedness are noted in the handbook or Class OneNote. Parents are required to sign it the regularly, monitoring the student’s home practice.
  2. Your son’s tutor will telephone you to arrange the time of the first lesson.
  3. Please keep the Tutor’s contact number available.
  4. In the event that the tutor is unable to attend a lesson, it will be made up at a later date at a time convenient to the tutor and student.
  5. Opportunities are available for performances during Music Festival Week.
  6. Progress is reported in conjunction with each student’s academic report each semester.
  7. Parents are welcome to attend the lessons. However, prior arrangements should be made with the Administrative Assistant – Music and the tutor.

AMEB Examinations

With parental approval, students will be encouraged to sit for AMEB Examinations in voice, instrumental music, musicianship or music theory. Please note that entry fees apply, additional lessons and an examination accompanist may be necessary.

Further enquiries about the Private Music Tuition Program should be directed to:

Alan Caulfield 
Faculty Co-ordinator - Music
9938 8200

Lynne Papahatzis
Administrative Assistant - Music
9938 8283

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