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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 2 to Year 4 students the opportunity to experience weekly violin and cello tuition with instruments provided by the College.

Middle & Senior School - Year 5-6 students learn an instrument of their choice in a small group setting, on instruments provided by the College.  Classes in Year 7 work to an engaging curriculum centred on performance and composition through music technology. At Year 8, Music is an elective as part of our Creative Projects with a focus on collaboration with the creative arts. Our Creating and Performing Music elective as Years 9 -10 extend students’ understanding and abilities. From Year 10 students can choose to complete VCE Music Performance or Cert III in Music Industry. These subjects can also be completed across Years 11 – 12.

MusicPlus Performance Program

Newhaven College offers an extensive co-curricular MusicPlus Performance Program that gives students the opportunity to participate in enjoyable, motivating musical experiences as part of a choir, band or ensemble. All students are invited to participate and there are no associated fees. If your child wishes to join one or more of our bands, ensembles or choirs, please complete our online application form below. Please note: some ensembles may have audition or entry requirements, the ensemble director will contact you if this is the case. 

  • Senior Concert Band (AMEB Grade 3)
  • Flute Choir
  • Intermediate Concert Band (< 1 years)
  • Junior School Choir – Years 2 to 4
  • Middle School Choir
  • Percussion Ensembles
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Contemporary Band Program
  • Big Band
  • Intermediate String Ensemble 
  • Senior String Ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
  • Junior String Orchestra (for students Year 4 & 5)
MusicPlus Performance Program Application

Annual Bands Night at The Westernport Hotel

The Newhaven College Annual Bands Night are held a few times a year at the Westernport Hotel, San Remo. All are welcome for a fun night of live music.

The event features over a dozen bands from our Year 8 to 12 classroom, elective, SM and VCE / VCE VET contemporary music programs.  You don’t have to have children on stage to enjoy the great atmosphere and exceptional music of this highlight social event.

We thank The Westernport Hotel for offering the venue.

Upcoming events are advertised through our newsletter, Social Media and on this website.

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 form below.
Individual Music Tuition    Meet our Music Tutors    

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 two Middle School Music Captains (Year 8).

Friends of Performing Arts

Friends of Performing Arts (FoPA) was established in 2021, in time for the opening of the College's Performing Arts Centre. Its primary purpose is to assist with the activities of the Music and Drama departments, by promoting and supporting the Performing Arts.
Click here for details: Friends of Performing Arts