The Friends' School


Co-curricular Music – Years 7 to 12

Friends’ offers a varied co-curricular program that encourages wide-ranging participation while seeking to both challenge and extend students musically.

The co-curricular music rehearsal schedule for 2019 may be found here.

Playing & Performance

There are four strands to the program: Bands, String Ensembles, Choral singing and Marimba playing. Detailed information about groups within each strand may be found in the Year 7-12 Co-Curricular Handbook. We are also one of the few schools in Australia offering a Chinese Music Ensemble, providing students with the opportunity to learn traditional Chinese instruments.

Ensembles perform regularly in The Farrall Centre, as well as at a range of school and community events. Groups also travel interstate annually – in 2013 the Stage Band attended Generations in Jazz at Mount Gambier, in 2014 the Senior Choir toured Queensland, with male choristers also participating in the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, in 2015 several marimba groups attended the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod in Sydney. Additionally, in 2016 an enthusiastic group of students attended the Summer Band Camp in Texas.

We have strong links with local and interstate organisations and artists, enriching the experience of our student musicians. A highlight of 2015 was hosting Elena Kats-Chernin, whose commissioned work premiered in July 2015.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

As part of the School’s co-curricular music program students may also learn to play an instrument or sing. We employ over 30 highly experienced tutors, providing weekly one-to-one lessons on an instrument and / or voice.

Please see the Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Guidelines for more information or to apply.

The Mona Chepmell Awards for Instrumental and Vocal Tuition are available for outstanding music students, and applications are sought in Term 1 via the School’s e-newsletter What’s On.

The parent group, Friendsmusic, is an invaluable part of Music at Friends’. It meets regularly to plan fundraising events and support the activities of the Music program. It is a highly effective and dynamic group, contributing significantly to the School community.

High School and Clemes students involved in the co-curricular program are eligible to apply for Music Awards towards the end of the school year. The awards exist to recognise musical ability, commitment and service to music.

For more information about the Music program at Friends’, please contact Paul Radford, Head of Music, or Cheryl Bain, Music Administrative Assistant. For information regarding the Instrumental and Vocal Tuition program, please contact Marg Reid. Other key contacts include Christine Akerman, Head of Strings, Kerry Bennett, Head of Choral Music, and Paul Kershna, Head of Keyboard.

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