Instrumental Music


Learning to play an instrument engages the brain in multiple areas such as the visual, auditory and motor cortices. Structured ensemble and home practice strengthens the brain function and allows students to apply these strengths in other subjects.

Norwood offers tuition in the following instruments:

  • Voice
  • Violin, viola, cello and double bass
  • Flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, oboe and bassoon
  • Trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba
  • Band Percussion, including xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani and drum kit
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Acoustic/electric guitar and electric bass


Current students must re-enrol in November for the following year. New Year 7 students can collect enrolment forms at the Music Expo evening on Monday, 23 November, 2020. All enrolment forms must be returned to the General Office.


Group lessons are provided on a rotating basis for Years 7 – 10, so that students do not miss the same class each week. Where possible, solo lessons for Years 11 and 12 are held in one of their study periods. The instrument chosen may be incorporated into classroom electives in Years 10-12. Solo lessons are only available subject to approval.

All students learning an instrument must participate in an ensemble such as Junior Band, Junior Strings, Concert Band, String Ensemble or Chorale. Rehearsal is held once a week, usually after school.

There is an annual music camp where students have fun learning new pieces and making new friends.