"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato
What can boys do with music?
Extensive research reveals that Music enhances and enriches boys' physical, intellectual, spiritual and social development. Here at Scots, Music plays a dynamic role in fostering self-expression, teamwork and leadership. Students are encouraged to learn musical instruments, to collaborate in music ensembles and to experience a wide range of musical genres. Moreover, Scots boys understand and appreciate the relevance and diversity of music in the 21st century.
Music curriculum in the Preparatory School
The Preparatory School Music Program offers boys the opportunity to develop their skills in listening, composing and performing music. We believe the best way to learn music is by playing a musical instrument. Our Year 2 Strings Program has been highly successful, and a new Woodwind Program will be implemented in the near future. Students also enjoy singing and composing using the most up-to-date pedagogical approach and technology.
Music curriculum in the Senior School
The Senior School Music Program offers boys the opportunity to extend their skills in performance, composition and listening within the College timetable, and is designed to increase their understanding through studying a wide range of musical styles. Music is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8 in compulsory classroom lessons. Music is offered as a full academic subject in Years 9 and 10, and in Years 11 and 12 Music is offered at Music 1, Music 2 and extension levels. During their time at Glengarry in Year 9, boys are encouraged to take their instruments and music for the entire duration and are provided learning support.
Co-Curricular and extracurricular opportunities
All Scots boys are strongly encouraged to learn a musical instrument and to join school ensembles. We have a team of more than 30 top quality instrumental and vocal tutors providing more than 450 lessons each week. We currently have more than 20 ensembles across the College. Our music groups perform regularly in the College as well as in world-class venues including the Sydney Opera House and Verbrugghen Hall at the Conservatorium of Music. We also have students attending top calibre international summer schools around the world. In 2012, Scots collaborated with the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia and hosted the auditions for the Australian and New Zealand region. Scots boys were therefore offered a unique opportunity to witness one of the most well regarded international competitions in the world firsthand.
Dr Nelson Wu
Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music
Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and Bursaries are available for all Performing Arts at The Scots College, including Music. To find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries, click here.
Read the biographies of all staff members in Scots' Music Department by clicking on the names below.
Dr Nelson Wu - Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music
James Allington - Head of Music Curriculum (7-12)
Alan Webb - Director of Woodwind
Judy Hellmers - Head of Strings
Rebecca Cheng - Head of Keyboard and College Accompanist
Andrea van den Bol - Contemporary
Freya King - Prep Teacher of Music
Michael Brewer - Classroom, Senior/Prep
Fiona Coleman - Prep Music Coordinator
Brooke Ellen Louttit - Performing Arts Administration Assistant
Rhonda Denton - Administrative Assistant - Music
For more information about Music at The Scots College, please contact (02) 9391 7694 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.