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In addition to our curricular music program, all students at Northcote High School have the opportunity to participate in our co-curricular music activities. We currently have over 300 students participating in a range of performing groups.

Instrumental music tuition

Our Instrumental Music Program offers tuition for:

Strings Violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar
Woodwind Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone
Brass Trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, euphonium

We also have limited places for percussion and voice.

All students in the program participate in:

  • Weekly lesson: a small group lesson during class time (on a rotating timetable).
  • Weekly ensemble rehearsal: ensemble rehearsal (generally before school).

Students are welcome to study a second instrument.


We offer a wide variety of musical experiences and vibrant performance groups. Our music groups participate in performances, camps, tours, concerts and competitions and have achieved excellent accomplishments.

All students in the program participate in a core ensemble. Elective ensembles are not compulsory.

Core ensembles
Novice Concert Band
Intermediate Concert Band
Senior Concert Band
Novice Strings
Intermediate Strings
Senior Strings
Senior Vocals
Junior Guitar Ensemble
Intermediate Guitar Ensemble
Advanced Guitar Ensemble
Elective ensembles
Stage Bands
Harmony Vocals
Brass Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Swing Shift

Various percussion ensembles, sax quartets, clarinet and other small groups are operated based on interest.


How to apply

The Music Program application form is sent to families in September each year.

2024 fees

  • Tuition $585
  • Ensemble $300
  • Instrument hire $290
  • Advanced tuition (individual, whole period) $1280

There is an option to pay the fees in full or in installments. Fees are non-refundable once students have been allocated a place. For further information, see our Co-Curricular Program financial management policy.

For more information about our Music Program, contact the Music Department on 9488 2336 or email

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