Music Department

From the Music Department

Ms Fiona Turner
Music Coordinator

Welcome to Music for 2022! Although curriculum extension activities are delayed in getting started, the SAC Music Department is looking forward to a new year and to the return to some normalcy later in the term.

Due to the current COVID- 19 protocols in schools, music ensemble rehearsals and on-site private instrumental/vocal tuition will not commence until Week 5. Online lessons may be arranged between music tutor, parents, and students in keeping with the guidelines communicated to the relevant parties.

Music forms an integral part of the College community and provides students with opportunities to form new friendships, gain valuable life-skills, and contribute to the school community in a variety of ways. We encourage students to get involved once ensembles commence later in the term.

In addition to Music in the R-12 curriculum and curriculum extension program, St Aloysius College offers students the opportunity to take up individual tuition on a range of instruments.

Why should students learn a musical instrument?

A wealth of recent research supports the fact that learning an instrument for an extended period of time has the potential to impact all aspects of a student’s intellectual and emotional intelligence. This extends beyond the music curriculum and may impact on a child’s capacity to achieve across all curriculum areas. Such studies have demonstrated that participating in a strong music program assists students to develop not only musical skills, but concentration, group cooperation, literacy, responsibility, self-esteem and confidence. Learning a musical instrument and participating in musical ensembles engages students in activities which develop higher-order thinking skills, executive functioning skills and creative problem-solving abilities. 

It’s also fun and a great way to meet new people!

 Instruments available for tuition at SAC in 2022 include:

Acoustic GuitarFluteViolin
Electric GuitarClarinetViola
Bass GuitarOboeCello
Drum Kit/ PercussionSaxophoneDouble Bass
VoiceTromboneFrench Horn

Lessons will be offered for 30 minutes per week during school time.  Times are generally negotiated with the individual instrumental teacher so that lessons are on either fixed or rotating timetables, as appropriate.  2022 Instrumental/Vocal Tuition Application Forms with all details are available for collection from the Front Office, on the SAC website, or your daughter may collect a copy from the Music Department.

Ensemble playing gives students the opportunity to learn a vast array of repertoire while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of rehearsing and performing as part of a group. Students also use the opportunity to expand upon the techniques learned in private lessons. We encourage all students learning an instrument to participate in at least one ensemble at the school.     

Ensembles offered are:

  • Primary Choir (Years 3-6)
  • Catholic Schools Music Festival Choir (Years 5-6)
  • Middle School Choir (Year 7-9)
  • Senior Choir (Year 10-12)
  • Catch 22 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (audition required)
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • String Quartet (audition required)
  • Orchestra (Years 7-12)
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Primary Wind Ensemble
  • Middle School Concert Band (Years 5-9)
  • Stage Band (Years 8-12)
  • Rock Bands (Years 9-12, audition required for Senior Rock Band)
  • Drum Corps (7-12)
  • Small Jazz Combo (Year 10-12)

Each of these ensembles will have a variety of opportunities to perform throughout the year.

For more information about the Instrumental or Music Curriculum Extension Program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms Fiona Turner
Music Coordinator