The music accomplishment program offers individual or small group instrumental tuition with an experienced, specialist instrumental teacher contracted by the school.

Music accomplishments are offered for children from Year 1 onwards, however, some studies can only be commenced in Junior or Secondary School, due to the level of physical maturation and fine motor skill development. Enrolment of students in ELC and Kindergarten is not accepted.

Lessons are scheduled throughout the day in consultation with the class teacher in the Junior School. Lessons are held in the instrumental studios on the lower ground floor in the Senior School both before and after school and throughout the school day. Junior School students will only be able to schedule lessons before school and from 12pm onwards.

Students in Years 1 and 2 are escorted to and from their lessons by the instrumental teacher. From Year 3 onwards students need to be able to attend their lesson without being collected from their classroom.

Learning an instrument is a skill-based activity and as such demands daily practice. The student needs to establish a routine for practice in order to achieve optimal results. Families need to consider all the commitments their children undertake both within and outside of the school before enrolling in a music accomp0lishment.

We are proud of the accomplishment music program offered at Kincoppal-rose Bay. All our teachers are experienced teachers and performers who relish the opportunity to share their passion for music with our students.

Students who are in the yr. 5/6 band program in 2018, have the option for individual lessons as part of the accomplishment program.

If your child would like to have private lessons as well as the group band ones please enrol via the KRB website. This is an additional cost.  If you have any questions please contact either Mrs Margaret Ferguson, Director of Music or Joan Moran (



Minimum daily practice requirements
Regular, daily practice is essential for satisfactory progress on all instruments. The minimum daily requirements are listed below:

  • First year of study – 20 minutes per day
  • Second and third years – 30 minutes per day
  • Fourth year – 40 minutes per day
  • Fifth year – 50 minutes per day
  • Sixth year and upwards – one to two hours per day

External Examinations
Students can elect to prepare for an external examination on their instrument. At Kincoppal-Rose Bay students sit for examinations set by the AMEB. However, if a student has previously been studying the Trinity or the Royal College of Music syllabi they can continue with these programs. Fees for exams set by the AMEB will be charged to the student’s school account.

Music Books
Due to copyright reasons, music cannot be photocopied for students. Music books and sheet music are to be purchased by the student or their family. A number of music retailers offer a delivery service to home or school with a credit card payment. These supplies include:

  • Allans Music (telephone: 9283 7711)
  • Engadine Music (telephone: 9520 3044)

Instrumental Hire
The school has some instruments available for hire at a reasonable rate. Hire from a third party can be arranged through the music department when required.

Performance Opportunities
Students are able to join the instrumental ensembles within the school once the basics of the instrument have been mastered. Kincoppal-Rose By has an inclusive philosophy towards ensemble membership and students are encouraged to join the large and small ensembles at junior and senior school levels as soon as possible. Individual instrumental teachers may present ‘Studio Concerts’ for family and friends to enjoy.




Students studying piano have 16 x ½ hour or 16 x 1 hour piano lessons per semester. Parents need to indicate the number of lessons required on the enrolment form.

Students require a piano or key board at home for regular practice. Boarders can practice daily in the Music Studios or the Performing Arts Centre.

We have a number of piano teachers available. Students are assigned a teacher by the Head of Music.

Pipe Organ
The pipe and electric organ is offered to students from Year 5 onwards. Eight by ½ hour lessons per semester are offered. Technical proficiency on the piano is an advantage for successful study of the organ.

To study the flute, the students need to be able to control their breathing and have basic hand and breath co-ordination. The flute can be studied from Year 3 onwards. The school has a number of flutes for hire, including student models with a curved head joint.

Clarinet, Recorder and Saxophone
Clarinet and recorder can be studied from Year 3. The saxophone (soprano or alto) can be commenced in Year 5.

Oboe and Bassoon
Tuition on these double reed instruments can be arranged. Students need to be in Year 5 or above.

Violin and Viola
Instruments in the string family require patience and perseverance in the early stages. Students need to have their fine motor skills moderately developed. Violin study is offered from Year 2 and viola can be commenced in Year 6 (depending on height of the student). The violin teacher can advise on the size of the instrument required. There are Junior and Senior String Ensembles within the school and students from Year 6 onwards are also warmly welcomed into the orchestra.

Study of the cello is offered for students from Year 1 onwards. The cello is a very versatile instrument and is always a welcome addition to ensembles. Cello lessons are for 30 or 60 minutes depending on the requirements of the student and/or the recommendation of the teacher.

Double Bass
The double bass is a wonderful instrument providing the harmonic foundation for any ensemble. Double bass can be studied from Year 4 onwards. The school has one 1/2 size double base and two 7/8s available for use.

Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Tuba and French Horn
Year 5 is the recommended age to commence the study of brass instruments. Tuition and instrument hire can be arranged for bass instruments.

Students may commence lessons in singing during Year 5. However, until the student has reached a level of physical maturity, singing lessons stress breath control, diction and repertoire development. Great care must be taken with the developing voice to ensure that it is not strained during the early years of study. By Year 9 students are expanding their vocal range and studying in greater depth. All students from Years 5 – 8 require consultation with the Head of Music prior to undertaking singing lessons, who will also appoint an appropriate teacher.

All singers are encouraged to join one of the school choirs.

Drums and Percussion
Students are offered instruction on the drum kit from Year 3 and the timpani drums from Year 6.

It is not necessary to purchase a complete drum kit for practice in the first year. Most students purchase a practice pad and a set of drumsticks from one of the reputable music stores when they begin to practise their drumming technique quietly at home.

Electric Bass Guitar / Electric Guitar
Students from Year 3 onwards can study the electric bass guitar / electric guitar.

Acoustic Guitar
The acoustic guitar is studied from Year 3. Students need to purchase a guitar. The guitar teacher can advise parents on the size of guitar that is suitable for their child.

If you are interested in learning Guitar/Bass/Electric/Acoustic in 2018, please register your expression of interest by emailing Joan Moran, Mobile: 0409 876 034

Musicianship is studied in a small group after school to enhance instrumental study. Musicianship is a pre-requisite for 5th grade and above practical AMEB certification.

Please note that flute and reed instrument ensembles are on a needs basis.

For more information on music please contact Mrs Joan Moran at (mobile 0409 876 034), or Mrs Margaret Ferguson, Head of Music, (Telephone 9388 6000).

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