An Overview of Our Music Department

Music is a fundamental part of our academic, cultural, and spiritual life at St Bernard’s College. We aim to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to a co-curricular music education for every student in Year 7 to Year 12.

The College offers a diverse co-curricular music program that promotes all genres of musical learning. As of the start of the 2024 academic year, there are now 10 teacher-lead co-curricular music ensembles offered for all students to be a part of. Students are also welcomed and encouraged to develop their own ensembles and bands.

Learning a musical instrument should be more than just a hobby. Music is an academic journey. It can play a fundamental role in a student’s journey through and after St Bernard’s College. The benefits of music are:

· It helps students communicate, collaborate, and develop their personal sense of creativity.

· It assists the brain in making connections that support learning in other areas such as literacy, numeracy and language.

· It improves personal organisational skills.

· It supports students in expressing and engaging with personal emotions; and

· It assists in building personal confidence.

Music Tuitions:

To enrol in private instrumental music lessons, please send an email to Michelle Puglisi – Music Administrator – at

Instruments/Instrumental lessons offered at St Bernard’s College are:

Orchestral MusicContemporary Music
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Drumkit
  • Guitar - Bass & Acoustic


  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Oboe


  • Acoustic/ Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
Piano & Percussion

2024 Music Handbook

"Music at the College has opened new pathways to higher learning for me"

College Co-curricular Ensembles

Symphonic Band, Concert Band & Super Sevens

Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Super Sevens all offer the opportunity to work in an orchestral setting. The instruments of this ensemble usually include: Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium and French Horn; Woodwind – Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon and Saxophone; Bass Guitar, Percussion and Piano.

Symphonic band is usually offered to students from Years 9 to 12, whereas Concert Band is usually offered for students in Years 7 and 8. Although the opportunity to join Symphonic band in Years 7 or 8 is possible, acceptance into the ensemble is usually dependent on their experience and level of musical reading.

Super Sevens follows the same orchestral program as the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Super Seven’s is an exclusive ensemble set-up for Year 7 students undergoing curricular music in Year 7. The ensemble usually takes place in Terms 2 and 4 after students have developed their preliminary musical skills learned in Terms 1 and 2. The progression after Super Sevens is Concert Band.

Showband & Improv Class

Showband & Improv Class usually performs jazz and contemporary band music. The instruments of this ensemble usually include: Brass – Trumpet & Trombone; Woodwind – Saxophone and Clarinet; Rhythm Section – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drumkit and Piano.

Showband is also usually offered to students in Years 9 to 12.

SBC Voices

SBC Voices is the St Bernard’s College Choir. St Bernard’s College aims to teach everyone how to sing, and is an extension of much of the student vocal lessons from the curricular classes. Often the SBC Voices will sing for college masses as well as college concerts and assemblies.

Guitar Ensemble & Rock Band

The Guitar Ensemble and Rock band is offered for students who desire to be part of the contemporary music program. Students are welcome to in one or both of these ensembles.

Clarinet Ensemble

The Clarinet Ensemble is the first single instrument ensemble at St Bernard’s College. More ensembles of a similar design are currently in development.

SBC Drumline

The SBC Drumline is exclusively offered to students at SBC who play a percussion instrument. It is also offered to students who are not undergoing lessons on any other instrument and desire to be part of one of the college ensembles.

Music In Action