Instrumental Music Program

Students have the opportunity to learn an instrument during College hours from our highly trained and experienced music tutors. Whether continuing to learn an instrument or a beginner, specialist staff are matched to student ability.

Students have the opportunity to choose from the following:

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar(Acoustic, electric, bass)
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Ukulele
  • Violin
  • Voice

Classes are held on a rotating time schedule so students can participate in Kennedy's Instrumental Program and not miss any one particular class on a recurring basis.


All students enrolled in the Instrumental Program are expected to be involved in an ensemble as soon as they reach the appropriate level of performance. Students are allocated to an appropriate ensemble that rehearse either before school, lunchtime or after school. Kennedy sponsors the Ensemble Program and there are no fees attached to these ensemble classes.

Please note that 2022 ensemble days and times are subject to change, and will be confirmed by the end of January 2022. This will be advised through Student Notices and the Newsletter to the school community.

Types of Ensembles/Bands:

  • Senior Music Students' Band
  • Contemporary Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Production Band (Term 4 start)
  • Specialist Guitar Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Auditioned Vocal Ensemble
  • Fusion Band
  • Kennedy Orchestra

Performance Opportunities

The College provides performance opportunities for students in the Instrumental Program and Ensemble Program through concerts, assemblies and other formal and informal events.

Lesson Type, Duration and Fees

Tuition occurs once a week with each student receiving a 30 minutes lesson with a qualified instrumental teacher, and an average of nine lessons per term.

Some instruments may have shared lessons available as advised by the tutor and Instrumental Music Coordinator. The maximum number for group lessons is two students.


  • Private Individual lesson for 30 minutes.
    Cost $34 per lesson or $306 per term - based on a 9-week term
  • Shared Group lesson for 30 minutes.
    The maximum number for group lessons is 2 students, advised by the tutor and Instrumental Music Coordinator.
    Cost $22 per lesson or $198 per term - based on a 9-week term

Lesson Timetable:

Timetables are distributed to all instrumental music students at the start of each term, and are entered weekly on SEQTA as a prompt to both students and teachers of the exact time and location of lessons. Timetables are also displayed on the Arts noticeboard and in the window of room 6.9.

It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any class work missed.  Before school, lunch and after school lessons are prioritised for Senior School students or students learning multiple instruments at school.

Enrolment Timeline:

For lessons to commence, please be advised of the following enrolment timeline:

  • Lessons commencing at the beginning of the year - Enrolments close in mid-January each year.
  • Lessons commencing mid-year - Enrol by week eight of the previous term.

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