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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 350 students participating in a range of performing groups.

Instrumental music tuition

Our Instrumental Music Program offers tuition for:

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

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 group: ensemble rehearsal (generally before school).
  • Weekly band, string or voice class (term 1 only).

Students are welcome to study a second instrument.

Instrumental music groups

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
Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Novice Strings
Intermediate Strings
Senior Strings
Junior Choir
Senior Choir
Elective ensembles
Stage Band
Harmony Vocal
Brass Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Orchestra
Folk Ensemble

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

Friends of Performing Arts

The Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) is an active group that assists the Music and Performing Arts Department to organise activities such as concerts, music camps and other related events. The FOPA is also involved in administration and fundraising for the department and is a way for provide input on the Performing Arts Program. To find out more, contact our Coordinator of Music on 9488 2300.

How to apply

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

2019 fees

  • Tuition $560
  • Ensemble $280
  • Instrument hire $280

There is an option to pay the fees in full or in five monthly instalments. Fees are non-refundable once students have been allocated a place.

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

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