What we offer
The PHSC Music Department is known for fostering a sense of community and nurturing students through their interest in music. We offer a robust and comprehensive program of instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classroom music. Instrumental music lessons are delivered by 17 specialist staff members who teach 20+ instruments, as well as offering 13 ensembles in a variety of contemporary, jazz, and orchestral settings to support students in their study of music.
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.
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.