Music plays an important role in the celebration of College life. It provides all students with an opportunity to:

  • be part of an experience that they may carry with them through life
  • develop a worthwhile skill and interest
  • gain the satisfaction of learning a musical instrument
  • enjoy the social benefits of rehearsing and performing in a musical ensemble
  • learn self-discipline through progressive achievement.

Music is also known to have benefits in other areas of learning, facilitates student academic achievement and develops creative capacities for lifelong success.

Music Ensembles

We provide an opportunity for students to experience performing in a variety of instrumental ensembles.

Each ensemble rehearses during the lunch break for 30 minutes weekly. Holiday workshops and after school practices are organised to extend and develop the students’ repertoire.

The current ensembles being offered at St Francis de Sales are:

  • Senior Vocal Ensemble which caters for students in Years 8-12. All musical genres are represented in the repertoire.
  • Festival Choir which is primarily for students in Years 6-7. This ensemble performs in the Catholic Schools’ Music Festival, which involves many Catholic Schools from around South Australia. The Festival is held annually in the Festival Theatre. The repertoire is a set program of works developed in consultation with the Director of the Catholic Schools Music Festival.
  • The Voices which is our choir for students from Reception to Year 5. This choir provides an opportunity for students to engage in choral practices that will develop and support their interest in music participation.
  • College Band is a mixed ensemble developing students’ skills using woodwind, brass, percussion and stringed instruments.
  • Percussion ensemble is for students who learn percussion instruments. This supports their rhythmic development and ensemble playing.
  • Rock Band which enables students who wish to develop contemporary music skills to play in an ensemble that focuses on modern and popular music.
  • Guitar ensemble offers guitarists specialist tuition in playing in an ensemble.

Music Extra-Curricular

Monday lunchtime: Musaic Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12

Monday after school (to 4:15pm): VoCo Senior Small Vocal

Tuesday lunchtime: JazZone Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12 and The Voices Junior Choir, Reception to Year 6

Tuesday after school (to 4:15pm): de Groove Small Jazz Combo Band

Wednesday lunchtime: Mixed Bag Band, Years 4-12

Thursday lunchtime: Heart 'n' Soul Band, Years 7-12

Thursday after school (to 4:30pm): JazZone Vocal Ensemble, Years 7-12

Friday lunchtime: VoCo Senior Small Vocal

All rehearsals take place in either M1 or M2. New members are always welcome, so if anyone is interested in being involved in any of the above groups, please see Mr Bojanic for details.

Instrumental Program

Students from Reception to Year 12 are offered instrumental tuition. Our comprehensive program employs experienced teachers from Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. Instrumental lessons are held in the instrumental studios, which are located in the Music Centre. We offer tuition in the following areas: 

  • Brass - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn etc
  • Percussion
  • Drums
  • Keyboard and piano
  • Strings - Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Viola
  • Voice - Classical, Stage Musicals, Modern
  • Woodwind - Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute etc
  • Guitar – Rock, Classical, Jazz, Folk etc
  • Bass guitar – Jazz, Rock, Funk, Modern etc

Tuition is offered on a one-on-one basis or, where suitable, group tuition may be available. Lessons take place during school hours and the cost of the lessons is paid directly to the instrumental teacher.

Instrument hire is the responsibility of the parent. Details of hire are available from the College. The College does have a selection of instruments available for hire.

Parents are expected to provide the appropriate instrument and students are required to practise regularly to maintain their commitment to their musical development. Instrumental music reports are provided at the end of each semester to support the students’ learning and to encourage communication with students, parents and the instrumental teacher.

To find out more information about the program, download the following:

Instrumental Music Program Registration

If you would like your child to learn an instrument, please complete and submit the below form:

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