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Music Program 

Newhaven College has a proud musical tradition and offers comprehensive music education from Prep to Year 12.

Junior School – Our Prep to Year 4 Music Curriculum develops students’ ability to create, present, and respond to music through vocal and ensemble work with a range of instruments.   The Junior School String program gives all Year 3 and Year 4 students the opportunity to experience weekly violin and cello tuition with instruments provided by the College.

Middle & Senior School - Year 5-7 students learn an instrument of their choice in a small group setting, on instruments provided by the College.  Classes in Year 8 and Music Electives through Years 8-10 extend students’ understanding and abilities. From Year 10 students can choose to complete a Cert III in Music Industry (as a full VCE subject) alongside the option to complete the VCE Music Performance subject across Years 11 and 12.

Bands & Ensembles 

Newhaven offers a wide range of ensemble experiences before, after and during school hours. Year 7-10 students also have the opportunity to participate weekly or fortnightly in vocal and instrumental ensembles formed as part of our Sport/Music afternoons. For further information or to register an expression of interest, please see the form below.

  • Junior School Choir, Middle School Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble
  • String Ensemble, String Quartet
  • Concert Band, Stage Band, Concert Orchestra, Production Orchestra
  • Middle School Guitar Ensemble, Senior Guitar Ensemble
  • Contemporary pop/rock bands throughout the Year 5-10 electives and classes
  • Ensembles formed to support VCE & VET Music students

Instrumental Lessons

In addition to the curriculum, Newhaven College offers an extensive program of individual or shared instrumental music lessons conducted by the College's professional music tutors. Tuition is available in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, drum kit, piano, guitar, electric bass, and voice. Our program details and costs are listed in the brochure below.

2021 Individual Music Tuition Application

Performance Opportunities

The College regularly hosts performance events for students including the biennial Junior School Production, the annual College Musical Theatre Production, Spring Concert, Bands Night, Cert III Music Industry nights and evening solo soirĂ©es that showcase excellence, provide students with vital performance experience and give family and friends the opportunity to see their children perform.  Students also perform at local community events, assemblies, lunchtime concerts, information evenings, open days, and presentation evenings.

Inter-School Opportunities

Inter school opportunities are offered through the SEISA Music Festival, where Middle and Senior students showcase musical excellence and prepare performances alongside students and teachers from a range of schools.

Music Camp 

Students in the College ensembles and Junior School String Program have the opportunity to participate in the annual Music Camp where their musical and collaborative skills are challenged. Guest specialists join the dedicated music staff to coax the very best from our ensembles.

AMEB Examination & Suzuki Graduation

Students receiving individual music lessons are encouraged to undertake an Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) exam each year.  Students studying with a Suzuki teacher gain recognition of progress and feedback through Suzuki graduation levels.  These certifications provide motivation, feedback and excellent preparation towards University auditions or music industry careers.

Leadership Opportunities

Our Middle and Senior musicians provide support and encouragement to the younger members of the music team.  Every year, two Music Captains are selected as part of the Year 12 College Cabinet, alongside a Middle School Music Captain (Year 9) and Vice-Captain (Year 8).

Friends of Performing Arts

With our amazing new Performing Arts Centre due for completion at the end of this year, Friends of Music is now ‘Friends of Performing Arts’ (FoPA). FoPA will provide many opportunities for parents and guardians to play an important role in shaping our exciting Performing Arts future.