Extensive research has found that music is vital for brain development. Music combines language, science, mathematics and practical performance, which all serve to increase left and right brain cell connections. Music also increases confidence, craftsmanship and self-awareness. As such, music plays a crucial role in the Sacred Heart College curriculum, and active participation in all musical fields is strongly encouraged.

The Music Department hosts three musical events each year, including the Walter Kirby solo and group competition, allowing students an opportunity to showcase their talents and passions. Alongside our curriculum music lessons (which are part of NCEA), students have the opportunity to engage in an extensive variety of musical genres. 

Student performance opportunities
  • Years 7 to 10 Music Institute for singing, strings and bands
  • Premier Concert Band
  • Dunstan’s Band
  • Sacred Heart College Chorale
  • Junior choir
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Chamber groups
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz band
  • Jazz combo
  • Jazz ensemble
  • School of Rock
  • Rock bands
  • Concert bands
  • Piano quintet 

Contact the Music department for more details on any of these groups.

Music Lessons

In addition to music classes and extracurricular musical opportunities within the College, the Music Department provides outstanding instrumental and vocal tuition through the Itinerant Music Tutors Programme. All our tutors are leading musicians in their own right and offer a host of expertise and guidance to students who share this passion.

Lessons are available for the following instruments:

EuphoniumAlto SaxophoneGuitar - BeginnerDrum Kit
French HornTenor SaxophoneGuitar - IntermediatePercussion
TromboneBari SaxophoneGuitar - AdvancedSinging
Trumpet    BassBass ClarinetBass Guitar



OboeDouble Bass

Private lessons

Private student lessons are available to further study piano and guitar. Lessons are $35 per hour. Please email Miss Alice Kang for piano inquiries, and Miss Kathleen Tomacruz for guitar lessons.

Instrument hire

Instruments are available for hire from the following providers:


The cost for music lessons is $350 per instrument per year, plus a one-off, $100 per student admin fee for groups, excluding Music Institute and choirs. If you require further information or wish to sign up for music lessons, please email the Music department.  

Music Institute

The Music Institute consists of students participating in a band/string group class and also taking an instrument lesson. With guidance from Sacred Heart College music professionals, students can choose from 16 instruments to learn; violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, bassoon, french horn, oboe, euphonium, percussion or singing.

The instrument lesson helps students to learn to play their individual instrument, whereas the band/string group class teaches them to use their playing skills as part of a group. 

The Music Institute is open to students Years 7 to 10. Entrants will sit an aural comprehension test at Sacred Heart College as part of their educational assessment. An interview will then be conducted following this. 

To find out more, view the Music Institute Brochure

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