South Gippsland Schools Music Program


The SGSC Music Program is part of the SGSMP which comprises four other schools, Korumburra SC, Leongatha SC, Mirboo North SC and Wonthaggi SC.  It aims to provide quality instrumental, classroom and ensemble music education instruction to secondary school students in the South Gippsland region.

It is hard to find a subject within the curriculum that introduces and reinforces so completely such benefits as self-discipline, self-reliance, responsibility, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, respect and creativity. Not only does music study provide for these essential personal qualities, but also helps to encourage group dynamics, physical development, a sense of personal, group and community achievement and mental coordination.

The cooperative nature of the program enables students to receive tuition from specialist instrumental teachers.  Staff travel between schools, thereby sharing their skills with a wide selection of students. The five schools are committed to ensuring Music Departments are housed in appropriate facilities and to promoting the substantial achievements of the musicians in their schools.

The SGSMP coordinates interschool events where students from across the five schools can combine- sharing their skills with one another at festivals, concerts and workshops.

Each school coordinates a calendar of musical events such as mid-year concerts, participation at band festivals and competitions, tours, fundraising events which are spread across the year.

Instrumental Music

South Gippsland Secondary College offers students the option of receiving specialised tuition on a musical instrument.  Students receive lessons from a fully qualified music teacher during school time in either an individual or small group context.  The following instruments are offered.







Bass Clarinet

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone



French Horn





Orchestral Percussion

(incorporating drum kit)


Electric Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Bass Guitar

All instrumental music students are required to perform regularly during the year.  Students undertake an internal (school run) examination and are encouraged to sit external AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) examinations once a suitable standard has been reached.  It is a requirement that all instrumental music students participate in at least one large ensemble.


Ensemble Music

South Gippsland Secondary College has a vibrant and expanding ensemble music program.  It consists of 3 concert bands, 1 stage band and numerous small ensembles.  Attendance of at least one large ensemble is compulsory for instrumental music students and additional participation in smaller ensembles is encouraged.


The SGSC ensembles are active and regularly participate in tutorials and workshops with ensembles from other schools.  Concerts occur throughout the year and include the Junior Concert Band Debut Concert, Mid-Year Showcase, End-of-Year Showcase and multiple performances that combine schools from the region.


South Gippsland Secondary College has a strong and proud tradition of performing at the Victorian School Music Festival (formerly Melbourne School Bands Festival).  It forms a highlight of the ensemble calendar and students work very hard towards obtaining the wonderful results that have consistently been achieved.


The following ensembles are offered at South Gippsland Secondary College:

  • Senior Concert Band
  • Intermediate Concert Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Stage Band
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Vocal Group
  • VCE Ensemble

Classroom Music

Classroom music is compulsory for students in Years 7 and 8 with a semester of compulsory classroom music being delivered at both year levels.  Students can choose to do Classroom Music as an elective in Years 9 to 10.  In Years 11-12 students are offered VCE Music Performance and VCE Music Investigation.  In Years 9-12 students can choose to focus their Classroom Music studies as a soloist, as a group member or a blend of both.

Year 7-8 Classroom Music


Classroom music students trialing the flute.


Year 9-10 Classroom Music

Students can choose to do Music Performance as an elective in Years 9 to 10.


These subjects focus on instrumental and ensemble playing, composition through the use of music technology, aural skills and the study of music history and literature.  Students also learn how to prepare for and stage a musical performance.  They learn about the music industry and how to get a music career started.  Recording technologies are investigated and they investigate how the internet has changed the way we utilise music in the modern society.



Year 11-12 Classroom Music

VCE Music Performance develops intellectual, aesthetic and cultural understanding of the value and importance of music in solo and group settings. As soloists and members of groups, students develop skills in preparing performance programs. They learn about and apply musicianship skills as they create music and interpret and analyse solo and ensemble works in a range of styles.

In the performance of music, students develop their skills on a single instrument or voice. They research and apply in performance relevant knowledge of performing, the rich heritage of music, theory of music and socio-cultural influences on the music studied. Students experiment with interpretation and strike an appropriate balance, considering historical performance conventions, contemporary performance conventions and personal interpretation as they perform a wide range of styles and characters in music.


VCE Music Investigation is to above but with students choosing a specific area to focus on rather than preparing repertoire from a variety of different styles.  There is less focus on aural and theoretical skills and more placed on investigative techniques.


Students performing as part of their classroom music studies.