The St Norbert College Music Program provides a broad range of opportunities for all students in a diverse range of musical genres and styles.




Classroom Music is an elective subject in which students develop thoerotical and practical skills. Music is offered as a classroom elective subject in Years 7-10 with a strong emphasis on performance (solo and ensemble), theory and composition (traditional and contemporary) through a range of music educational approaches including Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk. The Certificate II and III Music Industry is offered in Years 11 and 12 which provides students with both the skills required for work beyond school and a recognised qualification that assists those looking to pursue future study of music at a tertiary or TAFE level.

Across all years, the classroom curriculum engages students in a diverse range of musical genres and styles that helps them to develop a greater contextual understanding and deeper appreciation of music.


Classroom lessons are supported by the College Instrumental/Vocal Program, which is available to all students and consists of weekly 30-minute individual tuition lessons on an instrument of the student’s choice. Tuition can be undertaken in woodwind, brass, strings and percussion instrument as well as piano, classical and contemporary guitar and voice. Fees are invoiced directly from the instrumental tutor.

Students can enrol in the Instrumental Program by completing the Instrumental/Vocal Tuition Application Form available here or from the Xanten Performing Arts Centre. For any queries, contact Katherine Freind, Performing Arts Administrative Assistant.

Information about fees, lesson times and instrument hire can be found here: St Norbert College Music Handbook


MusicCollege ensembles provide another layer to the Music Program and aim to extend on students’ classroom, instrumental and vocal learning. St Norbert College has a vibrant co-curricular ensemble program that provides students learning an instrument or voice the opportunity to play or sing with others in an ensemble format. The College Chorale and Liturgical Music Group is open and encouraged for all College students while the College Concert Band, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Senior Vocal Ensemble are available on audition or selection. Students rehearse weekly in the Xanten Performing Arts Centre – Music Room.

There are numerous annual performance opportunities for students involved in the College Music Program including the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges (CPAF), Music Night, Recital Afternoons, biennial College Musical Production Orchestra, St Mary’s Cathedral Orchestral Mass, College Assemblies and Liturgical celebrations, feeder primary schools and around the local community.



Music scholarships are available for students entering Years 7 to 11 in 2021 and cover full or 50 per cent of instrumental tuition fees for 12 months. The scholarships, announced in Term Three, are awarded on the basis of music aptitude and school reports and, if applicable, music reports. The College offers Middle School Music Scholarships and Senior School Scholarships.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

Applications for 2021 scholarships open on Monday, June 22, 2020.