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Developing an appreciation for music begins at a very early age at St Leonard’s College. From ELC all the way through to year 12, students are afforded opportunities to explore music in its many forms and refine their musicianship skills. Research clearly demonstrates that musical education strongly contributes to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of all students.
Our Music School is split between the eastern wing of Harefield House and purpose-built specialist music facilities located in the adjoining Senior School complex. Via our various classroom and private music offerings, students have access to spacious private tuition suites, a fully equipped, purpose-built recording studio, and a state-of-the-art music technology centre.
In years 11 and 12, students keen to pursue their musical education into the VCE or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) can choose from a wide range of subjects including VCE Music Performance, VCE Music Investigation, IBDP Music Standard Level and IBDP Music Higher Level, which further develop their performance skills either as a soloist or as a member of a group. All courses gives students the opportunity to perform, compose and use their higher-order thinking skills in analysing a wide range of music.
Our hands-on, practical approach to music education develops well-rounded musicians. While some students choose to pursue music as a career pathway, others recognise the value of continuing music within the community. Our cocurricular music program provides extensive opportunities and life experiences for our students, with around 35 ensembles and choirs rehearsing, and around 500 students taking private music lessons each week.