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At St Peter’s College every Year 7 student learns a musical instrument as part of the music curriculum. Students are allocated an instrument at the start of the school year and will continue playing this instrument for the whole year. This is an exciting and dynamic instrumental program that has enormous benefits to students’ learning across all academic and social areas. In this TED talk by Dr Anita Collins, she highlights the advantages to young people who engage in music instrument learning.

In Year 7 Music we offer 2 streams, apprentice innovations and progressive innovations.

Apprentice Innovations
Students in the apprentice innovations stream learn a new instrument either from scratch or they may have only basic skills on the instrument allocated to them at the beginning of the year. We have a wonderful team of classroom staff and instrumental tutors working with our Year 7 boys. In apprentice innovations, students will learn one of the following instruments:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Percussion

These instruments are allocated to students based on their top instrument preferences.

Progressive Innovations
Progressive innovations is offered to students at the discretion of the Director of Music. Students chosen for this stream must already be taking lessons with a teacher on a band instrument which includes the following:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet (Bb, alto, bass)
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone (Alto, tenor, baritone)
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Snare/Bass drum
  • Xylophone
  • Timpani

All  students in our progressive innovations streams are active members of Year 7 Middle Concert Band which rehearse every Tuesday morning from 7.30am-8.30am.

Performance opportunities
All Year 7s in both streams will perform in concerts and further developing their skills as a musician. Our current Year 7s are highly engaged in the program and sound fantastic. Details of future performances will be shared when our concert program resumes. We look forward to welcoming you at a Year 7 concert in the near future.

Philip Walsh
Director of Music