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.
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
- Theory and Musicianship
Music groups and ensembles
|Choir||Serenata Choir (Year 4-6)|
|Choir||Sinclair Chorale (Year 7-12)|
|Choir||Grace Notes (Year 10-12)||Yes|
|Concert Band||Zephyr Band (Year 4-12)|
|Concert Band||Concert Band (Year 4-12)||Yes|
|Orchestra||Benedetti Strings (Year 4-9)||Yes|
|Orchestra||Symphony Orchestra (Year 5-12)||Yes|
|Contemporary/Pop Band||Off the Stave (Year 7-12)||Yes|
|Contemporary/Pop Band||Boarders Band (Year 8-12)|
|Contemporary/Pop Band||Infinity Band (Year 4-6)|
|Jazz Band||Little Sisters (Year 7-12)|
|Jazz Band||Sisters of Swing (Year 7-12)||Yes|
|Small Ensemble||Guitar Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)|
|Small Ensemble||Cello Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)|
|Small Ensemble||Harp Ensemble (open to Junior and Senior students)|
|Small Ensemble||Flute Choir (open to Junior and Senior students)|
|Small Ensemble||Big Bad Ruckus - Percussion (open to Junior and Senior students)|
|Small Ensemble||Chamber Music (open to Junior and Senior students)|