The 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 theoretical and practical skills. Music is offered as a classroom elective subject in Years 7 to 10 with a strong emphasis on performance (solo and ensemble), theory and composition (traditional and contemporary) through a range of music educational approaches.

The Certificate III in Music (Performance) course, delivered in partnership with COSAMP – RTO Code 41549, 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. This course also provides students with many opportunities to perform, including at our contemporary music festival, SoNiC.

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 by the instrumental tutor.

To enrol, complete the 2024 Instrumental/Vocal Tuition Application Form. For any queries, please email Arts Administration or call (08) 9350 5433.

For more information about fees, lesson times and instrument hire, please refer to the 2024 Music Handbook.


College 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. The College Chorale and Liturgical Music is open and encouraged for all students while the String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Band 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 Music Program including the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges (CPAF), Music Night, Recital Afternoons, 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 Year 7 (Middle School Scholarship) and students entering Year 10 (Senior School Scholarship). A scholarship audition is held in Term 3 for students in Year 6 and Year 9 respectively. These scholarships cover 50% school fees and all instrumental tuition and are held for three years, subject to annual performance reviews. They are awarded on the basis of music aptitude, instrumental progress, theoretical understanding, written reference and successful audition.

For more information on the Music Program or the Blessed Ricvera Music Scholarship, please email Arts Administration or call (08) 9350 5433.

Applications for can be found here.