Kindergarten to Year 12

MLC School has a reputation for musical excellence across a wide range of styles. Music enriches the lives of all our students – the program is inclusive and open to all.

Performance Opportunities

There are many co-curricular performance opportunities available at MLC School through instrumental soirees, festivals, studio concerts, graduation concerts, assemblies and major events.

In addition, students who take part in the co-curricular music program have many opportunities to perform at public events and festivals throughout the year.

Wednesday lunchtime in the Junior School Music Rooms

Friday lunchtime in the Music Centre Auditorium

Friday 3.45pm in the Music Centre Auditorium

Friday afternoons at 3.30pm

Private Music Tuition

MLC School offers private tuition in the following instruments:

  • Bassoon

  • Cello

  • Clarinet

  • Double Bass

  • Flute

  • French Horn

  • Harp

  • Guitar

  • Oboe

  • Organ

  • Percussion/Drum Kit

  • Piano

  • Saxophone

  • Trombone

  • Trumpet

  • Tuba

  • Ukulele

  • Viola

  • Violin

  • Voice

It is assumed that lessons will roll over term on term until the completion of Year 12 unless otherwise notified. Should a student wish to withdraw from private music lessons, a term’s notice must be given.

Lessons are conducted by fully qualified professional musicians who are assigned to students by the Director of Music.

Private music tuition is given on the basis of 32 lessons per year, or the equivalent of eight lessons per term. If students or teachers need to cancel or change a lesson time, 48 hours notice must be given. This includes lessons that need to be changed due to examinations/tests, excursions/incursions, sports carnivals, etc., as well as music teachers having to change due to other extraordinary professional commitments.

It is MLC School policy that lessons must be rotated during the school day so students minimise their time away from any one subject. Girls in Year 11 and Year 12 have fixed lesson times during their ‘spare’ periods and this is negotiated directly with the teacher.

Each student receives a personal music student handbook with a weekly practice routine to keep a record of their practice and lessons.

Performance is an integral part of the music lesson program. Girls must satisfy the participation requirements by performing at events as required by the School. It is compulsory for all MLC School Music students who have private tuition to participate in School ensembles.

MLC School has a system of internal assessments for private music tuition. This involves a composite evaluation of individual performance, group activities, ensemble attendance and studio concerts. Students are given reports on their progress at the end of each semester.

Lesson Costs

Private Tuition

30 minute


45 minute


60 minute


Cost:Tuition fees must be paid in advance at the beginning of each term. The firsts term’s fees must be paid online and subsequent terms are charged to the student’s School fees account.
Enrolment: Enrolment in private instrumental tuition occurs via the MLC School Payments Site.


It is compulsory for all MLC School Music students who have private tuition to participate in School ensembles and commit to rehearsals and performances.

Junior School Ensembles (Kindergarten to Year 5)

From Kindergarten to Year 5, instrumental and choral music occurs as part of the curriculum for all girls. Every student has the opportunity to sing and to learn an instrument. In these classes the first stage of musical development begins in a positive and supportive group environment. Students are encouraged to move to individual tuition as soon as possible.

Girls in Year 2 to Year 5 who have music lessons are required to participate in the appropriate co-curricular ensembles.


Girls are expected to care for their instruments, practise and attend rehearsals and performances.


Enrolment and selection: In the compulsory Junior School Instrumental Program, students are selected for an instrument based on their interest, musical aptitude and physical capability.

Senior School Ensembles (Year 6 to Year 12)

MLC School organises a wide range of musical ensembles for girls in Year 6 to Year 12.


Girls must make a commitment to their chosen ensembles for the entire school year. It is important they show respect and support for everyone involved, attend all rehearsals and performances, and help with set up and pack up.


Enrolment and selection: There are opportunities for all girls to participate. Students need to enrol with the Music department for co-curricular music ensembles. Level of involvement will be determined by the Director of Music, Head of Strings and Head of Bands.


Choral singing is a fundamental aspect of the MLC School Music program. Students who sing are greatly advantaged in all aspects of their musical development. Girls have the opportunity to participate in auditioned and non-auditioned choral groups, which rehearse and perform regularly.

Angeli – Junior School Choir (Year 3 to Year 5)

Angeli is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble for girls from Year 3 to Year 5 that focuses on developing a love of singing. Girls learn about posture, vocal production and both unison and part singing. This choir performs in School concerts and has an open rehearsal at the end of each term, where parents and friends are welcome to attend.


Coordinator: Sophie Grattan-Smith
Time: Wednesday 7.30am–8.30am
Location: Junior School Music Room 1

Senior School Choir (Year 6 to Year 12)

Senior Choir is a non-auditioned inclusive group for girls who enjoy singing and is open to all girls in Year 6 to Year 12. Repertoire includes art music through to a wide range of contemporary musical styles. All students who learn voice through the MLC School’s private tuition are required to sing in the Senior Choir and may audition for Chamber Choir too if they wish.

Coordinator: Trevor Mee
Time: Wednesday 7am–8am
Location: Music Centre

Chamber Choir (Year 7 to Year 12)

Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble chosen from members of the Senior Choir who come together to form a choral group that performs challenging repertoire.

Coordinator: Trevor Mee
Time: Tuesday 3.30pm–5pm
Location: Music Centre

Instrumental Ensembles

Students must have private music tuition on an instrument in order to be eligible to play in the co-curricular instrumental ensembles.

Symphonic Wind Band (Year 7 to Year 12)

The Symphonic Wind Band is an auditioned ensemble for the School’s leading woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Time: Thursday 3.30pm–5pm
Location: Music Centre

Concert Band (Year 6 to Year 10)

Concert Band is an ensemble that consists of developing woodwind, brass and percussion players.


Coordinator: Richard Coward
Thursday 3.30pm–5pm
Music Centre

Intermediate Concert Band (Year 4 to Year 6)

Intermediate Concert Band is an ensemble for girls who play woodwind, brass and percussion from the upper Junior School years.

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Time: Thursday 3.30pm–4.30pm
Location: Music Centre

Chamber Orchestra (Year 7 to Year 12)

The MLC School Chamber Orchestra is composed of girls from Year 7 to Year 12 and is an auditioned ensemble for the most advanced string players who are also members of the Symphony Orchestra.

Coordinator: Joanna Drimatis
Friday 7am–8am
Location: Music Centre

Symphony Orchestra (Year 7 to Year 12)

Symphony Orchestra is for advanced string players and selected woodwind, brass and percussion players. Students must play in the Orchestra in order to be eligible to play in the Chamber Orchestra and any chamber ensembles.

Coordinator: Trevor Mee
Monday 3.30pm–5pm
Music Centre

Sinfonia (Year 6 to Year 9)

Sinfonia is an intermediate level string orchestra for girls in Year 6 to Year 9.

Coordinator: Joanna Drimatis
Time: Monday 3.30pm–5pm
Location: Potts Hall

Junior School String Orchestra (Year 2 to Year 5)

This is the first orchestra for string players where the focus is on developing the student’s ensemble and sight-reading skills.

Coordinator: Joanna Drimatis
Time: Thursday 3.30pm–4.30pm
Location: Junior School Music Rooms

Chamber Music (Year 6 to Year 12)

This is an extensive part of the music program giving students the opportunity to experience the joy of being in a small group where they are required to hold an individual part. There are a variety of string quartets, piano trios and woodwind ensembles that meet at lunchtime in the Music Centre classrooms. Entry is by invitation once the required standard has been achieved. Year 9 to Year 12 Elective Music students are encouraged to be involved.

Coordinator: Joanna Drimatis
To be arranged between staff and students
Music Centre

Taiko (Year 3 to Year 12)

Taiko classes teach students traditional forms of Japanese drumming, combining ancient rhythms, melodies and styles into modern concert hall pieces. Taiko performance is dynamic, exciting and energetic: almost dance-like in its approach, with the power for vivid storytelling. Taiko sessions at MLC School form part of a collaboration between the School and the world renowned Australian TaikOZ. Specialist teachers meet with students once a week during term time and prepare programs for community and concert performances throughout the school year. The program is open to students of all abilities and experiences. Enrolments are taken on a first come basis and may result in being placed on a waitlist.

Coordinator: Alison Duncan
Year 3 and Year 4: Tuesday 3.30pm–4.30pm
Year 5 and Year 6: Tuesday 4.30pm–5.30pm
Year 7 to Year 12: Wednesday 3.30pm–5.30pm
 Year 3 to Year 6: Junior School Music Classrooms
Year 7 to Year 12: Music Centre Auditorium

Enrol in Taiko (Year 3 to Year 12)

Students who play in bands listed above are also eligible to play in the following ensembles.
Jazz Combo (Year 9 to Year 12)

Jazz Combo is for the most advanced band players who are invited to play in a small group that explores improvisation

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Friday 12.45pm–1.20pm
Location: Music Centre

Stage Band (Year 7 to Year 12)

Stage Band is an auditioned ensemble for advanced players who are members of the Symphonic Wind Band.

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Time: Friday 7am–8am
Location: Music Centre

Jazz Ensemble (Year 6 to Year 10)

Jazz Ensemble is for members of the Symphonic Wind Band or Concert Band who wish to develop their Jazz playing skills.

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Time: Friday 7am–8am
Location: Music Centre

Junior Jazz (Year 4 to Year 6)

Junior Jazz is for members of the Intermediate Concert Band who wish to develop their jazz playing skills.

Coordinator: Richard Coward
Friday 7am–8am
Location: Music Centre