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Music

Music is an integral part of life at Central Coast Grammar School. We have an outstanding team of accomplished private tutors whose aim is to raise musicians to a high level of skill. Individual needs, interests and abilities are catered for, from the enthusiastic beginner to the highly accomplished academic.

Music as an elective subject

The musical progress of students in Years 7- 8 is carefully nurtured resulting in high levels of interest in Music as an elective subject in the Year 9 cohort. Gifted young musicians eagerly progress through to the Senior College to pursue their Music studies at the highest level with the opportunity to study HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension. An individualised approach to programming, incorporating performance opportunities, master classes and repertoire development with leading professionals, has helped to ensure Music at CCGS has maintained an impressive academic record.

Performance opportunities

Ensembles accommodate students on all instruments at all levels. Opportunities abound for individual performers as well as choirs, orchestras, bands and chamber groups to perform at school and community events. In addition, there are touring opportunities both within Australia and internationally as well as the chance to compete in eisteddfods and music competitions.

Scholarships

Every year CCGS awards a Music Scholarship designed to provide a talented student with the opportunity to pursue their music studies at the highest level and experience performing in a broad range of ensembles. Head to Scholarships to find out more.

Tuition

Private music tuition at CCGS is offered within school hours. Over 300 of our students learn an instrument and most of these are involved in one or more ensembles through participation in choirs, bands, orchestras and drama productions. One lesson per school week is scheduled with tuition fees billed to the school account. Practice rehearsals occur once a week before or after school. Times are set at the beginning of each term. The CCGS Music Program offers tuition in:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • String: Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Viola, Violin
  • Woodwind: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone
  • Brass: Trumpet, Euphonium, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Guitar, Bass Guitar
  • Musicianship
  • Composition
  • Conducting

Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra  Symphony Orchestra performs advanced orchestral repertoire at many functions, concerts and competitions throughout the year. 
Stage Band Stage Band is offered as an extension of other ensembles for players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar and bass guitar. They perform jazz, rock and popular repertoire.
Senior String Ensemble Senior String Ensemble is for all String players in Y7-12. The ensemble explores the wide range of repertoire for Strings and allows students of less experience to perform with more advanced players.
Senior Guitar Ensemble Senior Guitar Ensemble performs a range styles from classic to contemporary.
Senior Choir Senior Choir is open to all Y7-12 students. The choir performs at functions and concerts with a variety of repertoire and styles.
Performance Choir Performance Choir is offered as an extension to members of Senior Choir to perform advanced choral repertoire.
Man Choir Man Choir is open to all Y7-12 boys. The choir performs at functions and concerts with a variety of repertoire and styles.
Senior Concert Band Senior Concert Band is for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players in Y7-12. The music chosen covers a broad range of styles and is aimed at developing students’ technique and ensemble skills.
Middle School Guitar Ensemble Middle School Guitar Ensemble is for all students learning guitar in Y7-9. The music performed is chosen to suit students’ abilities and to develop reading and ensemble skills.

In-School Performance

  • Summer and Winter concerts for Cocurricular and Elective musicians
  • Year group concerts for Y7-9
  • Assessment concerts for Y10-12 Elective musicians
  • Senior School Production
  • Assembly / School Service - weekly