At our School, music is life. It fills our hearts, lifts our spirits, raises our voices. Music moves us.

Our music program is unrivalled. From Kindergarten through to Year 12, our students receive the highest standard of music tutelage by first-class specialist music teachers in purpose-built music facilities.

Music is medicine for the mind and playing and listening to music can enhance learning, cognition and memory. It also makes you feel really good!

A love of music, in all its forms, has become somewhat characteristic of the HVGS experience due entirely to the number of students who engage with music out of sheer love, and who value it as an important component of a terrific school experience.  


Music Snapshot

Guitars hanging on wall

Music Facilities

Our Music Centre is a joyous, bustling creative hub for students interested in playing, composing or practising music. The Centre includes fifteen music studio’s for individual instrumental lessons, a fully-equipped recording studio, an orchestra room, a percussion studio, a keyboard and computer lab, two specialist Junior music classrooms and four Senior music classrooms. 

students playing instruments

Music Curriculum

Music is for everyone, so all students at HVGS learn music from Kindergarten – Year 8. Music is offered as an elective from Year 9 which incorporates lessons in theory, oral, performance musicology and technology for composition. Talented musicians can choose to study Music in Years 11 and 12. Our HSC course extends to include Music Extension 2.

Students playing instruments outside

Music Ensembles

The academic music courses are only part of our story. Our music ensembles are an important inclusion in our music program and enrich the cultural fabric of our School and our region. Ensemble groups for students K – 12 promote a mutual love and enjoyment of music.

student playing violin


Performing to an audience is an important aspect of learning and enjoying music, so we keep a busy diary of performance dates, including the annual HRIS and HICES Cultural Festival, the Morpeth Jazz Festival, Inspired Art Exhibition, Vibrant Voices, cocurricular music concerts and the acclaimed HVGS Symphony Orchestra Concert … to name but a few!

student playing keyboard

Specialist Music Teachers

Classroom music teachers across K – 12, and  specialist music teachers nurture students’ talent and love of music to the highest level. With our own band of specialist instrumental teachers encompassing all ensemble groups and instruments, music at HVGS is a complete experience.

student playing piano

Music Scholarships

Our Scholarship Program is currently under review. Subscribe to receive updates on when scholarships go live on our Scholarships page.

“When I arrived here in Year 4, I had no real interest in anything. After starting group drum lessons, I suddenly had goals and opportunity – like the school band, music trips and performances that fostered friendships at school and beyond.”

Jack Holmes – Class of 2019