Music @ Hills

If you would like your child to take advantage of the private music lessons available at the College, please click on the link below.

Private Music Lessons application form

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Private Music Tuition Costs

Private music lessons at Hills are $35 per half hour lesson for individual lessons. Group lessons will be cheaper, costs will be advised by the private tutor. Students will be removed from class on a rotating timetable.

Music @ Hills for 2018



For students in Years 3 & 4 at the Castle Hill campus that want to extend their singing outside the classroom. Lots of fun in store! Please contact Miss Thomas to sign up


The College choir is for all middle and senior school students who love to sing and perform! Students who join choir will have opportunities to perform in chapels, school concerts and church visits as well as make new friends and experience different styles of music. Students, feel free to come along and test it out for a few weeks!


Primo Orchestra will be running for its third year in 2018! We currently have students that play violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and percussion in the orchestra and we are always looking for more talented musicians to join upon audition. Varied repertoire is rehearsed and various aspects of instrumental technique and ensemble playing are explored. Primo Orchestra performs at a range of school events. For details on auditioning please contact Mrs Thomson at

Primo Orchestra


In 2018, all students in Year 3 will be learning violin for the entire year during their music time. Tutor Miss Evie Horton will be assisted by Mr John Duncan in teaching the lessons. Students will be provided with a school violin and are expected to bring it to school each Tuesday for their lesson.

For students in Year 4 who enjoyed the violin program in 2017 and are interested in continuing with private violin lessons, please contact Mrs Karen Thomson @


All Year 5 students will complete an instrument selection session in which they select their top three choices of instruments in music class. Instruments available include: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion. Instrument allocation will be announced and students will be provided with a school instrument which they will to school each Thursday for their lesson. Band lessons will rotate weekly from instrument group tuition with a specialist tutor from Maxx Music to full band rehearsal.

For students in Year 6 who enjoyed the band program in 2017 and are interested in continuing with private lessons, please contact Mr Milis

Year 5 Wind Instruments


Individual and small group tuition (upon consultation with the tutor) is offered at Hills Adventist College on a variety of instruments, currently including: violin, flute, piano (individual tuition only), guitar, voice and drums/percussion. Lessons are taught by specialist instrumental and vocal tutors. Tuition for particular instruments is subject to the number of applications and availability of teaching rooms/tutors.

New enrolments may be made by completing the Private Music Tuition Form on the school website. Students continuing their instrumental or vocal lessons do not need to re-enrol each year. Unless notice is given, students will automatically be re-enrolled for the following year and tutors will be in touch regarding lessons/fees.

Fees are capped at $35 per half hour lesson for individual lessons. Group lessons will be cheaper and costs will be advised by the private tutor.

Students are required to attend all scheduled lessons punctually, together with all required music books and instrument in full working order. Students should support their music lessons by engaging in a regular effective practice routine at home.

Students will be removed from class on a rotating timetable. All lessons before or after school will occur in consultation with the tutor. Tutors will be notified of school activities and events such as sports carnivals, camps, tours, excursions and exam periods that may clash with scheduled music lessons. These lessons will not be charged and tutors may be able to reschedule the lesson, otherwise no lesson will be offered. Reduction of fees/rescheduled lessons on account of other absences from the school such as illness or family holiday will need to be discussed with the tutor.


We have had many requests for drums/percussion tuition in the past and we are pleased to announce that Mr Daniel Faber will be available to teach this year. Mr Faber studied music at Monash University in Melbourne and the Australian National University in Canberra, receiving his BMus with Hons (First Class). During that time he has played in many recording studios and venues across Australia. There are only six lesson times available so sign up fast if you are interested.



Why Learn to Play Music?

Today's educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement.  Gauging student progress and learning is clearly important, but the true mission of education lies in shaping the students behind the scores.  

Studies have proven that there are positive links between engagement with music and academic achievement, but that data is only part of the bigger picture.  Music does something even more important - it shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them.  It allows for deep engagement with learning.  It nurtures assets and skills that are critical to future success, including creativity, curiosity, determination, and motivation.  Music helps develop the student behind the score.  

Here are just some of the benefits ...
  • Sharpens the brain's early encoding of sound enhancing listening, aural processing skills, aural memory and phonological awareness contributing to the development of literacy skills
  • Enhances spatial reasoning abilities, which impacts positively on mathematical processing skills
  • Processing sound and staying focussed
  • Improving cognition
  • Assisting students who are lagging behind academically
  • Helps students with academic engagement
  • Can encourage empathy, emotional sensitivity, tolerance and the development of social ethics.
  • Better decision-making abilities
  • Can lead to a sense of accomplishment, enhanced determination and persistence
  • Enhances psychological well-being, reducing stress and anxiety

(Taken from “The Power of Music – a research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people” Professor Susan Hallam MBE. Commissioned by the Music Education Council and Published in 2015 by & National Association for Music Education,

How Playing an Instrument Benefits the Brain

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Survey regarding band/orchestra

Dear Parents
If your child is currently learning a band/orchestral instrument and is in Yr 6-12, we would like to know! Hills Adventist College is in the process of forming a school band and we would like to know if your child would be able to attend band rehearsal on a weekday before or after school.
Morning - 7:20am - 8:20am
Afternoon - 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Thank you. Please contact Mr Ben Milis if you have any questions.