Co-Curricular Music

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Co-Curricular Music

Welcome to the Co-Curricular Music Department at St Andrew's Anglican College. To create and feel Music is a special thing. At St Andrew’s Anglican College, we engage our students to Make Music Together. Our students support, listen and reflect upon their craft and they receive the necessary support and encouragement needed for success. Through our three core elements, our students take risks and share their music through teamwork. The possibilities and opportunities are endless if we each display confidence and dedication.

The three core elements of the Co-Curricular Music program, that all students take part in are:

  • Instrumental Music lessons
  • Ensemble Pathways
  • Performance Opportunities


This is the starting point for most students who wish to become involved with Co-Curricular Music. Lessons allow students the opportunity to learn an instrument and/or voice; these lessons are in addition to the classroom music curriculum delivered to all students until classroom music becomes an elective subject in Year 9.

Instrumental Music lessons are primarily conducted during school hours, are held on a half-hour basis, and are usually scheduled on a fixed day with a rotating timetable to ensure that students do not consistently miss the same classroom or other College activity.

The following instruments are available for lessons:

Students in Prep to Year 3

Voice Piano Violin

Students in Year 4 to Year 12

Flute/Piccolo French Horn Violin
Oboe Trumpet Viola
Bassoon Trombone Cello
Clarinet Baritone Double Bass
Bass Clarinet Euphonium Guitar
Alto Saxophone Tuba Bass Guitar
Tenor Saxophone Percussion (untuned) Piano
Baritone Saxophone Percussion (tuned) Voice

Availability of tuition includes consideration of physical aspects of the student so that a good match between the student’s potential and the instrument is achieved. Instrumental teachers and the College’s Music Department staff are able to provide advice in this area.

The music addressed during lessons includes training pieces to develop key skills, ensemble repertoire, formal pieces for those students choosing to undertake examinations (e.g. AMEB or Trinity Guildhall examinations), and other aspects of learning to effectively engage with music such as reading music notation, developing aural skills, and preparing for competitions such as the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod (when the student is ready). The student’s instrumental music teacher provides advice about readiness and preparation for examinations and competitions.

To undertake lessons, the student’s parent must: a) complete online an “Expression of Interest” form via the College website and b) accept the Co-curricular Music Lesson Agreement via Parent Lounge when advised by the Music Office

2019 Lesson fees are $34.85 per half hour lesson

To help address a portion of the cost of providing Lessons, Ensembles and Performance Opportunities, all students involved in Co-Curricular Music (lessons and/or ensembles) will be charged the Co-Curricular Music Levy of $50.00 (Prep to Year 3), $70.00 (Year 4 to 6) and $90 (Secondary) per term.

The musical experience of Instrumental Music Lessons is best developed when working in conjunction with an appropriate Ensemble Pathway, providing a balanced and guided education in Music. All students who undertake lessons are required to join one or more of the College’s Ensembles, as advised by their Instrumental Music teacher. For most music students, the ‘step up’ to ensemble membership is eagerly sought, and once obtained is something they treasure due to the musical challenges presented, the camaraderie of working closely with their peers, and the opportunity for recognition of their skills through a variety of Performance Opportunities.

The College provides a range of ensemble opportunities including:

Bands Choral (vocal) Strings Alternative Ensembles
Concert Band - Beginner / Intermediate Piccolo Singers Prep-1 (Mixed) Youth Strings - Beginner Contemporary Band
Jazz Ensemble - Beginner / Intermediate Junior Singers 2-3 (Mixed) String Ensemble - Beginner / Intermediate Rock and Pop Band
Wind Ensemble - Intermediate / Advanced Primary Girls Choir 4-6 (Female) String Orchestra - Intermediate / Advanced Chamber Groups
Stage Band - Intermediate / Advanced Boys Vocal Ensemble 4-6 (Male) Chamber String Ensemble - Advanced (Invitation/Audition)  
Symphonic Band - Advanced (Invitation/Audition) College Choir 7-12 (Mixed)    
Jazz Orchestra - Advanced (Invitation/Audition) Man Choir 7-12 (Male)    
Small Ensembles Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (Invitation/Audition) Small Ensembles  
Flute Ensemble   Junior Guitar Ensemble  
Clarinet Ensembles  

Senior Guitar Ensemble

Saxophone Ensembles   Cello Ensemble  
Brass Ensemble   String & Mixed Chamber Groups  
Percussion Ensemble    
Mixed Chamber Groups      

To help address a portion of the cost of providing Lessons, Ensembles and Performance Opportunities, all students involved in Co-Curricular Music (lessons and/or ensembles) will be charged the Co-Curricular Music Levy of $50.00 (Prep to Year 3), $70.00 (Year 4 to 6) and $90.00 (Secondary) per term.

As musical development is greatly assisted by progress in aural skills, all students who are learning instruments are encouraged to consider joining a choral group as well as a relevant instrumental ensemble. Larger ensembles rehearse before/after school, while others may rehearse during the school day. For further information regarding our Ensemble Pathways please visit this section of our website.

Ensemble Pathways

Weekly Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule 2019

Performance Opportunities are one of the three core elements of the Co-Curricular Music program. At St Andrew’s there is a variety of performance experiences available for students to pursue in a range of different contexts and settings. All students involved in the music program at St Andrew’s are encouraged to participate in a variety of performance opportunities to showcase the development of personal and ensemble music skills.

Performances at the College can include but are not limited to the following;

  • College Events such as Primary and Secondary Assemblies and Chapels, Services (Leadership Induction, ANZAC, Foundation Day, Remembrance Day), Primary and Secondary Celebration Events, the College Fair
  • Music Events such as Music Recitals, Open Mic, Rehearsal Weekends, Celebration Events (Choral Soirée, Sounds of Celebration, Sounds of Swing, Strings High Tea)

Performances in the wider community can include but are not limited to the following;

  • Local, State, National and International Competitions and Festivals such as the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod, Queensland Music Festival, Aspire International Youth Music Festival, Australian International Music Festival
  • Workshops/Masterclasses with local or travelling school/community ensembles or invited guests
  • Local community organisations
  • Music Camps and Tours

The main ambition of most musicians is, of course, to play. There is no shortage of the chance to do so in the Co-Curricular Music program at St Andrew’s. For further information regarding our Performance Opportuities please visit this section of our website.

Performance Opportunities


If you would like your child/ren to become involved with music beyond the classroom curriculum, and to develop new talents, create broader social contacts, and enhance key skills for successful academic study, then please read further about how the Co-Curricular Music program operates at St Andrew’s. For detailed information please continue to peruse the Co-Curricular Music section of the College website or contact the Music Office.


Co-Curricular Music Handbook - 2019

Expression of Interest for Instrumental Lessons - 2019


St Andrew’s Music Department Staff

  • Acting Director of Co-Curricular Music: Mr Jonathan Harding
  • Head of Music (Curriculum): Dr Cade Bonar
  • Head of Bands/Classroom Music Teacher: Mrs Chelsey Eunson
  • Head of Brass Teaching & Development: Miss Elena Katahanas
  • Strings Co-ordinator/Classroom Music Teacher: Mrs Vanessa Herriman
  • Classroom Music Teacher: Mrs Sarah Minns
  • Music Office Administration: Mrs Brielle Murphy


Contact Us

St Andrew’s Anglican College – Music Dept

40 Peregian Springs Drive

Peregian Springs, QLD 4573

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Staff Contacts

Susan Patterson
Director of Music

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