Elisabeth Murdoch College



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At Elisabeth Murdoch College, students have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and engaging music program. The College offers both an instrumental music program and a classroom music pathway from Year 7 through to VCE. The College recognises the strong link between learning to play an instrument and students experiencing success at school and highly encourages all students to take up the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.


Students enrolled in instrumental music lessons at the College have a weekly lesson on their instrument and are also involved in one primary ensemble rehearsal each week. The College caters for students who are beginners right up to the more experienced player. In their instrumental music lessons students; learn to read music notation, develop the technical skills required for their particular instrument, develop their ability to think creatively and improve their listening skills through a scaffolded program designed to

Each year students have the opportunity to perform at a number of different events and venues such as Regional music events, Cruden Farm, the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival, Frankston Music Festival as well as College events.

Students having instrumental music lessons have the opportunity to undertake Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) exams each year.

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Lessons from specialised instrumental music staff are available on the following instruments:

  • Flute, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone
  • Trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Percussion – tuned and untuned
  • Voice



Junior Concert Band Junior Strings Junior Percussion Guitar Ensemble
Intermediate Concert Band Senior Strings Senior Percussion Keyboard Ensemble
Senior Concert Band     Jazz Choir

– Students must be part of a primary ensemble before auditioning for a small ensemble.

Jazz Band  Clarinet Ensemble  Saxophone Ensemble  Flute ensemble  Brass Ensemble 



The classroom music curriculum provides students with a pathway from Year 7 through to VCE. In Year 7 students develop music performance skills through playing keyboard, guitar, singing or the instrument they are studying. They reflect upon and respond to music that they listen to and are introduced to how to read and write music notation.

Students are able to follow pathways through to VCE level. Classroom music is offered as an elective at Years 9 to 12. In these classes students begin to prepare the skills and knowledge required for VCE music and beyond.



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To submit an expression of interest in your student enrolling in Instrumental Music Lessons in 2022 at Elisabeth Murdoch College please complete the google form at this link: https://forms.gle/Lu63b9E3z46tXgPG9

If you have any questions about the program please contact the Instrumental Music team via email elisabeth.murdoch.co@education.vic.gov.au

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