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Music at 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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Music at Hills for 2020



For students in Years 5-12 at the Kellyville campus that are interested in being part of the choir for 2020 the music teachers will be announcing more detail soon.

PRIMO ORCHESTRA - Day and time to be confirmed for 2020

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

Primo Orchestra


In 2020, all students in Year 3 will be learning violin for the entire year during their music time. Tutor  Mr John Duncan will be 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 2019 and are interested in continuing with private violin lessons, please contact the College.


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 2019 and are interested in continuing with private lessons, please contact the College.

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.

Please consult with individual tutors regarding fees

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. 




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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