In Junior School music, girls are actively engaged in singing, moving, playing and creating their own compositions to perform individually and as a member of a group.

Outstanding resources


Our music classes are  part of the curriculum and are based on the Orff Schulwerk creative approach to music education.

Over 290 girls learn an instrument at the School in our Dame Joan Sutherland Centre (DJSC), a dedicated building with a rehearsal room, practice studios and computer lab. Our music classroom is fully resourced with instruments, texts and interactive technology to cater for the learning needs of Kindergarten to Year 6.

As part of the performing arts curriculum, Years 5 and 6 enjoy lessons in drama and music which culminate in a spectacular Junior School musical.

Music for every girl


In Year 2, girls can learn violin or cello and in Year 4, they can learn flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, percussion, violin, viola, cello or double bass. The School employs professional tutors of woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, voice, guitar, piano and composition.

St Catherine’s has nine dedicated Junior School ensembles including choir, bands, string ensembles and chamber ensembles. Our girls perform at School events, civic and cultural events, eisteddfods and musicals.

Students undertake the School's examinations as well as external examinations through the Australian Music Examinations Board and Trinity College London.

View our music program here. ​

Classes are based on the Orff Schulwerk creative approach and girls are encouraged to perform, improvise, compose and talk about music. This approach leads to an understanding of notation and analysis."