Catholic Education South Australia

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.

Students may wish to participate in at least one of the following performance groups.

A firm student commitment is required for these groups. Students are expected to maintain a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances until the end of term two (Junior Choir only) or term four (all other ensembles).

These ensembles will undertake performances at the College and in the community.


A hugely popular voluntary choir for students in years 1 and 2.
A fantastic introduction to the fun that music is as a group.
A ‘come and try’ session is held early in term 1 and term 3. Students join the choir for a semester or the full year. Rehearsals are once a week in class time for 40 minutes.


An exciting choir available for year 3-4 students. Performing a mixture of contemporary and well known tunes, this choir performs regularly
and also competes in local vocal competitions. A ‘come and try’
session is held early in term 1. Students join the choir for the full year. Rehearsals are once a week in class time for 40 minutes.


A popular choir that learns to sing in two-part harmony.
These students compete locally in vocal competitions. A ‘come and try’ session is held early term 1 and students commit to choir for the full year.


An ensemble containing woodwind, brass and percussion. This
ensemble performs movie hits and contemporary music.  Students
rehearse once a week from 1:00pm - 2:00pm during lunch, developing their technique and performance abilities amongst their peers.


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
intermediate and beyond. They rehearse one lunch time per week. (This ensemble is currently not running and will resume according to student interest).


These ensembles allow students to work in a rock/pop group (vocals,
keyboard, guitar, bass, drumkit) working and performing on
contemporary music. They rehearse after school one night a week from 3:30-5:00.


Music is an integral part of Catholic celebrations. It can allow
people to experience a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. This ensemble of singers and instrumentalists will lead the College community in music for our Whole School Masses and
other Liturgical celebrations. The Liturgical Ensemble rehearses as needed leading up to events.


This is an ensemble for intermediate level saxophone players with an
emphasis on musical accuracy and ensemble work whilst playing more difficult repertoire. Genres played are classical, modern and jazz. They rehearse before school once a week.


This ensemble performs more classical, choral and marching styles of brass music and allows brass players to learn the balance of their instrument alongside others from the same musical family.
They rehearse before school once a week.


Playing a mixture of jazz and funk charts this ensemble competes in the ‘Generations in Jazz’ Festival. This ensemble comprises
saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums. They rehearse after school once a week from 3:30pm-5:00pm.


By invitation only, this ensemble specialises in Jazz and improvisation with only one member per part. It offers an opportunity to concentrate on the intricacies of the style and develop musical independence in an ensemble setting.


This ensemble consists of Year 7-12 students, both males and females. 
This ensemble competes in the ‘Generations in Jazz’ Festival.
They rehearse one lunch time per week.


This ensemble comprises snare drums, trio drums, bass drums and cymbals, and is available to students who play other instruments. They rehearse after school once a week from 3:30pm-5:00pm.


Due to the increase in interest from students to participate in drum corps, a second drum corps was developed.  Students in this ensemble do not have to be learning drums as the rhythm reading they learn in music class provides sufficient basis for this ensemble. They rehearse after school once a week from 3:30pm-4:00pm.


This ensemble competes in the Generations in Jazz
competition and comprises senior vocal students. This choir performs in 3 and 4 part harmony. These students are also members of the
Concert Choir. They rehearse after school once a week from 3:30pm-5:00pm.


The newly formed Senior Boys Choir was created to give our male students an opportunity to perform together at Generations in Jazz.
This ensemble will rehearse on lunchtime per week. Please contact Mrs Creedy if you would like to be involved. 

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.