School Based Music Program

Governor Stirling Senior High School

School Base Music Program – Instrumental Music

Instrumental music provides students with the opportunity to develop their ability, skills and love for music through performance, composition and arranging, aural perception and analysis and investigation. Students are encouraged to learn through music creation, performance and reflection through a variety of genres such as Rock and Pop, Classical and Jazz.


Performance is an important aspect of this program and students undertake weekly lessons with teachers from Instrumental Music Services (Dept. of Education) as well as participate in one of several school music ensembles including the classical guitar ensemble, the senior and junior concert bands, the choir, and the electric guitar ensemble. Students perform at various concerts and festivals throughout the year, either as part of the ensemble or as a soloist in the senior school years. Instrumental lessons (20 minutes to half an hour) are held during the school day, and every effort is made to make sure students do not miss the same class each week.

Students can audition at any stage once enrolled at Governor Stirling SHS to gain entry (please note, certain pre-requisites are needed to be successful in entering the program). Year seven students who were selected for instrumental lessons through the IMS program in primary school are automatically enrolled in the music program. Beginners and students who have been learning an instrument privately are invited to apply to the program at year seven level. Instruments available for beginners are flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion and voice. Students who have been learning privately at any other year level are also invited to apply to join the program.


The classroom component of the program consists of two classes per week for years 7 – 9, and four classes per week for year 10. Class music includes music literacy, aural perception, composition and arranging, performance (both solo and ensemble), music history and music technology.


For more information regarding the School Based Music Program, contact Music Teacher and IMSS Coordinator Ms Alysha Massuger on

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