Music

I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.

At Toorak, we believe that learning Music is not just about acquiring new skills. Learning to play an instrument fosters creativity, collaboration and improves cognitive function. It enhances other academic study, with a strong correlation between VCE and NAPLAN scores with music tuition.

Music education creates a strong sense of community and encourages the pursuit of excellence, with no divide between the Junior School and Senior School. It is about giving students a chance for their creativity to shine and develop their identities as individuals.

Teamwork

There are many opportunities for Toorak College students to perform in a diverse range of ensembles. The joys and benefits of rehearsing and performing in an ensemble range from a feeling of belonging and connectedness, to working towards a common goal to create a piece of beauty. Our ensembles are open to students who learn an instrument or voice at school, or learn externally. Students are able to reinforce what is learned in private lessons in the ensemble rehearsal and develop greater listening and interpretation skills in a supportive group setting.

The Music Centre

Opened in 2011 by legendary jazz musician James Morrison, our state-of-the-art Music Centre has 14 modern rehearsal rooms, 11 individual lesson rooms, with spaces for performances, ensembles, as well as composing and recording using technology.

Music tuition available

Toorak College offers extensive tuition for the following:

  • Guitar­  -  Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
  • Brass - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba
  • Keyboard­  -  Electric Keyboard, Pianoforte
  • Percussion­  - Drum Kit, Orchestral Percussion
  • Strings­  - Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin, Harp
  • Woodwind­  - Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone
  • Voice
  • Theory and Musicianship

Music groups and ensembles

TypeEnsembleAuditioned
ChoirSerenata Choir (Year 4-6)
ChoirSinclair Chorale (Year 7-12)
ChoirGrace Notes (Year 10-12)Yes
Concert BandZephyr Band (Year 4-12)
Concert BandConcert Band (Year 4-12)Yes
OrchestraBenedetti Strings (Year 4-9)Yes
OrchestraSymphony Orchestra (Year 5-12)Yes
Contemporary/Pop BandOff the Stave (Year 7-12)Yes
Contemporary/Pop BandBoarders Band (Year 8-12)
Contemporary/Pop BandInfinity Band (Year 4-6)
Jazz BandLittle Sisters (Year 7-12)
Jazz BandSisters of Swing (Year 7-12)Yes
Small EnsembleGuitar Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)
Small EnsembleCello Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)
Small EnsembleHarp Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)
Small EnsembleFlute Choir (open to Junior and Senior students)
Small EnsembleBig Bad Ruckus - Percussion (open to Junior and Senior students)
Small EnsembleChamber Music (open to Junior and Senior students)