Private Music Tuition

St Mary’s Cathedral College offers an extensive private Music Tuition program in the following areas / instruments:

 Brass Keyboard String Woodwind
Euphonium Piano (classical) Violin Clarinet
French Horn Piano (modern) Viola Flute
Trombone Organ Cello Oboe
Trumpet Double Bass Saxophone
Tuba Bassoon
 Guitar Percussion  Singing Musicianship
Classical Drum Kit only Classical Theory
Modern Drum Kit & Orchestral Contemporary (non-choristers)
Bass Guitar


  1. Students receive up to 10 lessons each term, which usually commence in the first full week of every term. Lesson times are displayed in advance on the music notice boards and are emailed to both parents and students. It is recommended that parents assist their son by adding the scheduled lesson times to their digital calendar (select a reminder). Where possible, music tutors will assist in this process.
  2. Lessons are 30 minutes in duration.
  3. Lessons are normally taken during school time. The lessons are organised on a rotational basis so that the student should not miss a particular class more than once per term. Students in Years 11 & 12 will have their lessons scheduled out of school time or during free periods where possible.
  4. Music students are provided with a Music Tuition Record booklet, in which details of every lesson are recorded. A record of student’s practice is kept in this booklet and parents are asked to sign the practice register each week. Students are expected to have all equipment at lessons, and that includes the record booklet.
  5. When parents elect to use the private tuition tutors, the Music Department takes into account the availability of the child, tutor and room when allocating children to particular tutors. However, it is then up to the parent to liaise with the tutor regarding lesson times, payment of fees and the student’s progress. Issues regarding payments, lesson scheduling or progress should be resolved between the parent and tutor in the first instance. If an issue persists, the tutor or parent should contact the Music Department for assistance in resolving the problem.


It is important to arrive at all lessons on time. Lessons can rarely be extended to accommodate late arrivals. It is the student’s responsibility to arrive for his lesson at the correct time.


If a boy is absent (due to illness) from school on the day of the lesson, the tutor should be notified by text message or email. Tutors are not obliged to provide a refund or makeup lesson if a child misses a lesson due to insufficient notice (at least one day prior).


Students are encouraged to persist with music lessons for a full year. Learning music is rewarding, but it is hard work and students can sometimes lack the motivation to persist when the experience is challenging. Music lessons are often more enjoyable as the student becomes more accomplished. Parents are encouraged to contact the Leader of Learning: Music, to discuss any issues before finalising a decision to withdraw from the program.
Students must give two weeks’ notice of termination of music lessons at the end of term. The parent must notify the tutor and Leader of Learning: Music if a decision is made to discontinue lessons, and a Change of Enrolment Form must be completed in order for instrument hire refunds to be processed.


Initially, small amounts of regular practice are necessary (5-10 minutes, five times per week). This will gradually expand to longer periods (15-30 minutes several times per week) as your child improves. A regular practice routine ensures that your child will steadily improve in all aspects of his playing. For some students, setting goals like sitting examinations can keep them motivated.


When deciding whether to sit examinations, start by having a discussion with your son’s tutor. Exams do not appeal to everyone and each child will respond differently to an exam situation. However, working towards exams can:

  • Ensure that basic skills and techniques are learnt progressively
  • Set a standard for performance and a goal to work towards
  • Develop individual performance skills
  • Provide a sense of achievement.

Even if you decide against exams, your child should still be encouraged to learn scales and exercises to ensure that instrumental technique is solid. In addition, a variety of music pieces should be set by your tutor to provide reinforcement of skills and techniques, enjoyment and challenge.


Another great motivator for music students is joining a music ensemble. This allows them to put into practice the skills they learn in the studio. Learning has context and meaning. Follow the link for further information regarding the College Ensemble Program.


  1. The College has some instruments that are available for hire. New private music students have priority to hire these. Other students may apply to hire and will receive consideration for use of an instrument, in order of receipt of the application. Boys studying Piano, Drums, Guitar and Bass Guitar need to have their own instruments.
  2. Instrument hire fees will be included on your school account.
  3. The students receive the College instruments in good condition. It is the responsibility of the parents to cover loss or any damage to an instrument while it is being hired by their son. Parents are advised to have the instrument insured in case of any such loss or damage.
  4. Reeds and strings are available from the bookroom or most good music stores.


School music lockers may be hired from the bookroom – $4 key deposit required.

  1. Tutors will invoice parents at the beginning of each term and payment should be made directly to the tutor within two weeks of invoice receipt.
    $38.00 individual (30 minute lesson)
    $19.00 shared lesson (30 minutes), subject to availability
  2. The instrument hire fee: $40.00 (per term)
    Follow the links on the right to apply for these provisions or enrol in the program.

Ms Mirella Di Giorgio
Leader of Learning: Music