Music News | Senior School

Plato wrote… 

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and the arts are the keys to all learning”…

Contemporary science and research has borne out the truthfulness of this statement. Evidence of cross-modal brain function, as a consequence of learning a musical instrument from an early age, can be observed through the use of comparative brain imaging techniques, in conjunction with the presence of increased grey-matter in musicians over non-musicians. Stimulation of the intellect and executive function aside, music also provides emotional and social satisfaction, appearing as greater empathy in those that learn music.

The Music School at Trinity operates on three principles:

Music should be experienced and enjoyed by everyone

Access to a programme that reflects the importance of music in society is paramount

Opportunity to progress and succeed should be provided through a comprehensive and structured programme

In the senior school this is built on the extensive programmes offered in the Junior and Preparatory Schools, and for those joining us in Year 7 from other places, access and opportunity is guaranteed through the inclusive and progressively staged ensemble programme.

Instrumental Lessons

If you are interested in accessing our highly qualified and experienced Instrumental Teachers, please enquire by emailing (, and requesting enrolment information. Lessons operate on a rotating timetable throughout the school day and are monitored to ensure minimal impact on academic studies.

Co-Curricular Ensembles

The following ensembles are offered before and after school, and require a placement audition for standard:


7:00 to 8:15 – Big Band – Mr W Henry

7:30 to 8:15 – Flute Choir – Mrs K Grennan

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Cello Ensemble – Mrs L Palmer


7:00 to 8:15 – Symphonic Wind/Marching Band – Mr C Aschman

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Serenata Strings – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Academy Chamber Orchestra – Dr M McGregor


7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Choir – Dr M McGregor

7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Sinfonietta – Ms K Morgan

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Barber Shop – Dr MMcGregor

1:10 to 1:50 – Drum Group – Mr J Cook

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Strings – Mr J Zhang

3:40 to 5pm – Symphonic Wind/Marching Band – Mr C Aschman


7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Choir – Dr M McGregor

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Concert Band 1 – Mr W Henry

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Concert Band 2 – Mr B Dimitrievski

3:40 to 5:00 – Percussion Ensemble – M J Cook

4:40 to 5:00 – Middle School Guitar Ensemble – Mr S Rocco


7:00 to 8:15 – Symphony Orchestra (String Sectionals) – Dr M McGregor

7:15 to 8:15 – Brass Ensemble – Mr G Malyusz

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Concert Practice – Mr W Henry

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Symphony Orchestra – Dr M McGregor

Parents are encouraged to send their boys to the Music Foyer directly to write down their names and abilities and relevant staff will contact them for placement.

Up Coming Events

The Music School’s first event for 2021 is the Soloists’ Competition, which will be held on Wednesday 10 March in the Orchestra Room. The closing date for applications is Monday 22 February, with auditions to take place in the week March 1 to March 5. Application forms can be obtained from

Dr Michael McGregor | Director of Co-Curricular Music K to 12

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