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 right 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 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.


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 courses in music 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.


Music teacher with students

Music tuition

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’s also opportunities for beginner group lessons.


student playing violin

Performance

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

Six classroom music teachers across K – 12, and twelve specialist music teachers nurture student’s 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

HVGS offers music scholarships for talented musicians from Years 7 – 12. Find out how a music scholarship at HVGS can take your child’s talent to the next level.