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.
Our Music Centre is a joyous, bustling creative hub for students interested in playing, composing or practising music. The Centre includes twelve music studio’s for instrumental lessons, a fully-equipped recording studio, an orchestra room, a percussion studio, a keyboard and computer lab and one Junior and three Senior music classrooms.
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.
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.
Instrumental, vocal and music craft/ theory/ musicianship lessons are provided on-site five days a week. The inclusion of ‘endangered instrument’ tuition (such as the oboe, bassoon, French horn, tuba, euphonium and double bass) add a point of difference and a unique tone and colour to our program. For students still to discover their musical talents, there are also opportunities for beginner group lessons.
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!
Specialist Music Teachers
Six classroom music teachers across K – 12, and twelve 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.
HVGS offers music scholarships for talented musicians from Years 7 – 11. Find out how a music scholarship at HVGS can take your child’s talent to the next level.
“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.”