Music at Tenison Woods College

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Music Handbook

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Please click here to download Music Forms: 

Music General Information Form

Vocal and Instrumental Application Form

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

Students may wish to participate in one or more of the following performance groups.

A firm student commitment is required for these groups and students are expected to maintain that commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances until the end of Term 2 (Spark Choir only) or Term 4 (all other ensembles).

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


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.
The highlight for this choir is performing at the South East Primary Schools Music Festival in Term 4.


The Tenison Woods College Showband, made up students predominantly from Years 7-8; is designed to be a fun learning and social environment
for students where they can receive instruction on playing various styles of music, ranging from Rock, Jazz, Latin, Funk and the occasional traditional
Concert Band piece.
Students will experience being a part of an ensemble made up of their peers that will learn and grow together. The goal of this ensemble is to equip those
who are a part of it to eventually join more senior ensembles later in their schooling journey.


Graduating from the Year 5 Band Program, this ensemble is a perfect stepping-stone for a budding musician to continue to develop and explore their technical
and performance skills. Containing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, the ensemble will explore a rang of musical genres. With fellow band mates,
all in the same Year level, this is a great opportunity to develop and grow amongst fellow peers.


These ensembles allow students to work in a rock/pop group (vocals,
keyboard, guitar, bass, drumkit) working and performing on
contemporary music.


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.


This ensemble consists of Year 7-12 students, both males and females. 
This ensemble competes in the ‘Generations in Jazz’ Festival.


This ensemble comprises snare drums, trio drums, bass drums and cymbals, and is available to students who play other instruments.


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.


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.


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.