Our program provides a rich, developmental musical experience for all Blackburn High School students in Years 7–12. The program is for students who have never played an instrument before, through to the accomplished musician. It provides a wide selection of specialist music tuition in string, brass, percussion, woodwind, piano and voice.
All students take music in Year 7 and Year 8, and from Years 9–12 the program is elective. It features subjects which allow students to specialise in music history, musicianship, composition, music technology and ensemble playing.
All three VCE Music subjects – Music Performance (Solo and Group), Music Style & Composition and Music Investigation – are offered, which is rare. Blackburn High School consistently achieves some of the top VCE scores in music and has the most students studying these subjects.
Music Expo Night
At the commencement of each year, Year 7 students and their families are invited to our Music Expo Night. This event is designed to give students an opportunity to try all the instruments in the orchestra to see if there was one, or maybe two, they would like to learn. The instrumental teachers are in attendance to talk about their particular instrument and answer any questions about the program.
Rehearsals and performances
About twenty staff lead ensemble rehearsals weekly in our new facilities. Students lead many additional sectional rehearsals each week. There are four concert bands, four orchestras, three stage bands, two choirs plus a variety of chamber and jazz groups.
Our students tour nationally and internationally sharing their talent with fellow music students. Students perform annually at the Royal Southstreet Eisteddfod, Melbourne Schools Bands and Strings Festival, Generations in Jazz and are regularly invited to perform at major events. Events have included the opening of State Parliament, the State Schools’ Spectacular, Don Burrow’s 80th Birthday, International Dance Sports, Monterey Jazz Festival in California USA, and events at the MCG and Grand Hyatt.