Music at Tenison Woods College

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Music Handbook

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Tenison Woods College has an exciting and vibrant music program. Hundreds of students are involved in classroom music, instrumental lessons, bands and choirs.

Take a tour of our JamHub Room and our Music Lab.

All students from Early Learning to Year 8 are involved in classroom music. With excellent resources and a large, professional music team, all students develop strong foundations in understanding the world of music.

Students can choose to have instrumental lessons on voice, piano, guitar, bass, drum kit, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone(s), trumpet, French Horn or trombone.

We have a large range of ensembles that students can be involved in, these include:

Junior Choir  A hugely popular voluntary choir for students in Years 1 and 2. A fantastic introduction to the fun that music can be as a group.

Primary Choir  An exciting choir available for Years 3, 4 and 5 students. Performing a mixture of contemporary and well known tunes, this choir performs regularly and also competes in local vocal competitions.

Music Connection (Year 6/7 Choir)  This choir attends the Second Music Camp and competes locally in vocal competitions.

Year 5 Bands  As part of our instrument immersion program each Year 5 student studies either trumpet, trombone, clarinet or flute as part of their music curriculum. They study in small groups then each class also has a band lesson each week to learn the skills of playing as an ensemble and watching a conductor.

Year 6/7 Band  This ensemble caters to upper primary students who have developed their skills through the instrumental program.

Concert Band  Our largest ensemble containing flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass and percussion. This ensemble performs a mixture of classical and contemporary songs.

Woodwind Ensemble  An outlet for woodwind players (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, alto saxophone) to experience mostly classical repertoire. Members learn to blend and balance in an ensemble. Skill level is mid intermediate and up.

Rock Bands  The Rock Bands allow students to work on performing contemporary music in a 'rock' ensemble.

Guitar Ensemble  Once students become comfortable reading music they may be invited to join this ensemble. Playing a variety of music with guitars and bass this ensemble is always popular with audiences.

Saxophone Ensemble  This is an ensemble for intermediate level saxophone players with an emphasis on musical accuracy and ensemble work while playing more difficult repertoire. Genres played are classical, modern and jazz.

Brass Ensemble  Created for brass students of intermediate level, this ensemble performs classical, choral and marching styles of brass music. With emphasis on musicality, accuracy and balance, students will experience the sound of instruments, from the same family, blending together in harmony.

Big Band  Playing a mixture of jazz and funk charts this ensemble competes in the `Generations in Jazz' Festival. This ensemble comprises of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Concert Choir  This ensemble is a hard working group of Year 8-12 students who sing in 3 part harmony. They compete in the Generations in Jazz competition and sing a variety of jazz and contemporary music.

Thunder Drum Corps  This ensemble was established in 2008 and is the only drum corps in the region. Comprising of snare drums, trio drums, bass drums and cymbals our drum and other instrumental students love to be involved in this ensemble.

Storm Drum Corps  Due to the increase in interest from students to participate in Drum Corps, we developed the Storm Drum Corps. Students in this ensemble do not have to be learning drums, the rhythm reading they learn in music class can provide enough basis for this ensemble.

Senior Vocal Ensemble For our experienced singers, this ensemble sing in 3 and 4 part harmony. Singing a wide variety of music, these singers enjoy extending themselves and learning more advanced choral techniques.

Liturgical Ensemble Throughout the year, students may be invited to help to lead the music at significant masses and events. This ensemble comprises a wide variety of instruments and voices and forms as needed throughout the year.

Friends of Music

The Friends of Music Committee is comprised of parents, community members, student representatives and music staff. It is a vibrant committee that offers practical help and advice in supporting the College’s music students and faculty in many ways. 

This committee has helped to fundraise and purchase a grand piano, organised Carols by Candlelight and many fundraising opportunities as well as helping with concerts, camps, events and overseas tours. 

The committee members have the opportunity to give valuable insight and support into giving the music students as positive a music experience possible. 

New members are always welcome!  For more information please contact our Chairperson Kathleen Finney at:

Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.