Princes Hill Secondary College Music Department offers a robust and comprehensive program of instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classroom music. Instrumental music lessons are integral to students developing skill and technique on their chosen instrument/s and the program supports over 300 students across the school every year. We have 17 specialist staff members who teach 20+ instruments, as well as offering 15 ensembles of varying styles and sizes to support students in their study of music.

Meet the Music Department

Instruments Offered 

Voice  Contemporary, Jazz and/or Classical 
Guitar  Contemporary, Jazz and/or Classical 
Bass  Electric Bass, Double Bass  
Piano Contemporary, Jazz and/or Classical 
Strings Violin, Viola, Cello  
Woodwind  Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon 
Brass Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba  
Percussion  Drum Kit, Auxiliary Percussion, Tuned Percussion  
Music Theory  The study of harmony, scales, rhythm, and general music theory concepts.

Performance Opportunities

The Music Department strives to provide performance opportunities for all students throughout the school year with multiple concerts, soirees, and gigs held each term. Our ensembles also perform regularly at festivals and events, including the Mount Gambier Jazz Festival, the Victorian School Bands Festival, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Live Music is Good For You and many local school fetes and events.

We have a rich history of students continuing onto tertiary education at leading universities such as The VCA and Monash University, as well as establishing themselves in the music industry. Recent alumni include The Cactus Channel, Greta Ray, and Karate Boogaloo.

Ensemble Program

All students having instrumental lessons at PHSC participate in the ensemble program. Rehearsals are weekly and are run outside of normal class times. Ensembles are a great way for students to improve sight reading, rhythm, and ensemble playing skills whilst connecting with others outside of their usual class and year level.

For more information about the Music Department please call 09389 0622 or email Loni Thomson at