Music at TSS

Music exists distinctively in every culture and is a basic expression of human experience. Students active participation in music fosters understanding of other times, places, cultures and contexts. Through continuous and sequential music learning, students listen to, compose and perform with increasing depth and complexity. Through performing, composing and listening with intent to music, students have access to knowledge, skills and understanding which can be gained in no other way.

Music has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Skills and techniques developed through participation in music learning allow students to manipulate, express and share sound as listeners, composers and performers. Music learning has a significant impact on the cognitive, affective, motor, social and personal competencies of students.

The School’s aim is to foster and develop an interest in music through music in the classroom, individual tuition and instrumental and choral groups which consist of choirs, bands, orchestras, chamber groups and Ensembles. From time to time other speciality groups may be formed.

Maintaining its role at TSS as an innovator and leader in music education, the Music School remains committed to offering a caring and stimulating environment in which students are encouraged to reach their full musical potential.

Music in the Classroom


In Preschool to Year 6 music literacy is developed through singing, listening, movement and creating music. The program is developmental and students experience a wide variety of activities, both vocal and instrumental.


Students in Year 7 and 8 study music in an intensive study mode where three lessons per week are taught in rotation with Art and Drama. Students study basic Musicianship, Composition and Performance.

In Years 9 to 12 there is an elective music course that covers musical Performance, Composition and Musicology. Students also work with a range of music software programs using their own devices and school hardware.

Studio Concerts/Student Recital Nights

Senior Calendar

During each term, concerts are held to provide opportunities for students to perform as a soloist. At these concerts, parents and friends are invited to hear student performances in a relaxed and comfortable environment.


HJ King Music Scholarships are offered annually for students from Year 4 onwards. This scholarship is for boys who excel on an instrument or voice.

Both of these scholarships offer part remission of academic fees. An Information Sheet and Application Forms for both scholarships are available online from our scholarships page.

Recording Exam Results on Senior Certificates (Music and Speech)


Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has announced that candidates who sit for particular grades in Years 10 , 11 and 12 are eligible to have those subjects recorded on their Senior Certificates. For more information on this, please contact the Music Department.

Rehearsal Times

Senior Ensemble Rehearsal Timetable

Boarders Practice

A supervisor is especially employed by the Music Department for this purpose and students must report to the supervisor before beginning their practice. Students who take music lessons through the school will be given preference to rooms and practice times. Practice times are from 6.15pm – 8.15pm Monday to Thursday. The 6.15pm time slot is to encourage Rogers House boarders to attend regular practice.

Music and Speech Awards

Music Award requirements are available on the school website.

Music and Speech and Drama Lessons

For information regarding enrolment for individual music, voice and speech and drama lessons, please download a Music and Speech and Drama Information Brochure. Music change or cancellation form can be downloaded here.


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