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Co-Curricular - Music




Underlying Principles of Special Interest Music Centres in SA Public Schools

To cater for students who demonstrate the strongest motivation and greatest apptitude for development in music. To develop self-confidence and achievement of personal excellence in music, enabling confident participation in music within the school and the wider community. Successful applicants will pursue their music studies until the completion of Stage 2.

Special Interest Music - Curriculum (Years 8-10)

In Years 8 to 10, areas of study for Special Interest Music students include:

  • Theory
  • Aural
  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Concert Practice
  • Solo and Ensemble Performance
  • Choir
  • Score Reading and Listening
  • History
  • Analysis
  • Early Music
  • Music Pathways
  • Music Technology

The Senior Program

The Senior Music Program offers students a broad and comprehensive musical education. Three music subjects are offered as part of Stage I and all eight music options are offered in Stage 2 of the SACE. The school provides pathways to music studies at tertiary level.

Special Music Student Expectation - Extra Curricular Activities

A unique feature of the SIM program is the opportunity to provide students with access to many high level musical ensembles. Participation in these ensembles is an integral part of the program and is an expectation of every Special Interest student. Year 8 students are required to participate in the Junior Choir and one other ensemble. Participation for other students is at the discretion of, and by negotiation with the Head of Music.


Extra Curricular Activities

All students at Marryatville High School have the opportunity to participate in our many extra-curricular ensembles. Membership to senior ensembles is through audition or by invitation. Our ensembles perform regularly at school events and in the wider community, and at times participate in competitions and tours.


Instrument Tuition

All music students at Marryatville High School have the opportunity to access small group instrumental lessons through the Instrumental Music Service of the Department For Education (DFE). Tuition in specialist instruments is also provided by the Special Interest Music Centre. Special Interest Music students are encouraged to learn a second instrument and also gain basic keyboard skills. Advanced students access tuition with private instrumental teachers.


Orchestral Program

Marryatville High School has four orchestras; School Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Studio Strings and the Junior Orchestra. The School Orchestra has travelled to Japan and Europe, and undertaken many regional and national tours.

Concert Band

Marryatville High School has a strong band program at junior and senior level. The development of ensemble skills is nurtured through the classroom program in Years 8 to 10, as well as after hours as a co-curricular activity. The school has a Senior and Junior Concert Band.


Through the Jazz Program, the Big Bands have had success in local and national competitions, including the Generations in Jazz National Stageband Awards associated with James Morrison. The school currently has three Big Bands. Big Band I has toured England, USA and Canada.


As singing is the most important part of a child’s musical development, it is an integral part of the music program at Marryatville High School. Every music student sings in a class choir. Students may also choose to participate in co-curricular ensembles; Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Junior Choir, Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir, Swing Tones and the Pops Vocal Ensemble.

Small Ensembles

Our extra curricular ensembles include many smaller groups such as; Flute Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble,  Recorder Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz combos, instrumental trios and quartets and other ensembles, dependant on student needs.

Specialist Areas

Expertise is available in the highly specialised area of composition. Students may access contemporary music technology through the music computer laboratory and recording studio. Classes in improvisation are offered as part of the instrument tuition program.

Extra Curricular EnsemblesMusic performance skills and instrumenal expertise are developed through strong involvement by students in ensembles, both in class, and out of regular school hours. Our ensembles are in great demand for community and concert performances. All students at Marryatville High School are encouraged to participate. Entry into senior ensembles is by audition.



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