Music at MLC School

Music is in MLC School’s DNA. The whole school is involved in performing music, be it at the Sydney Town Hall or the Sydney Opera House. MLC School has a reputation for musical excellence across a wide range of styles. Music enriches the lives of all our students – the program is inclusive and open to all. 

Musical Instrument Tuition

MLC School offers the following instrumental music lessons to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.

  • Bassoon 
  • Cello 
  • Clarinet 
  • Double Bass 
  • Flute 
  • French Horn 
  • Harp 
  • Guitar 
  • Musicianship 
  • Oboe 
  • Organ
  • Percussion/Drum Kit 
  • Piano 
  • Recorder 
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone 
  • Trumpet 
  • Tuba 
  • Viola 
  • Violin 
  • Voice

Lessons are conducted by fully qualified professional musicians who are assigned to students by the Director of Music.


It is compulsory for all MLC School students who learn an instrument or voice to participate in the co-curricular music ensemble program. In some cases, ensemble work is incorporated into the students’ assessment program.

Performing in a musical ensemble is an enriching and rewarding learning experience. Students derive much enjoyment by playing and singing together in a group.

Strings, voice, woodwind, brass and percussion students who learn privately have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of ensembles. These ensembles cater for students of all musical levels and experiences. 


MLC School offers a range of orchestral training and experience through the following ensembles. Students can progress from beginner level ensemble through to advanced orchestral performances with the MLC School Orchestra, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra.

MLC School Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra for advanced string players and selected wind and brass players from Concert Band 1.

Chamber Orchestra
is an auditioned ensemble for the elite string players.

Sinfonietta and Concertante consist of intermediate string players and are foundation ensembles that train students to perform full symphony orchestra repertoire.

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion

Girls who learn privately are eligible to play in a wide range of instrumental ensembles. These ensembles cater for players of all levels and experiences and include the following:

  • Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra 
  • Jazz Combo and Big Band
  • Concert Band 1 and 2
  • Junior School Concert Band and Instrumental Clubs
  • Training Band
  • Taiko (Traditional Japanese Drumming) Year 5 to Year 12

Choral Groups

Choral singing is a fundamental aspect of the MLC School music program. Students who sing are greatly advantaged in all aspects of their musical development. Students have the opportunity to participate in auditioned and non-auditioned choral groups, which rehearse and perform regularly.


There are many co-curricular performance opportunities available at MLC School through instrumental soirees, festivals, studio concerts, graduation concerts, assemblies and major events such as the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert, and the annual Music Awards concert in Sydney Town Hall.

In addition, students taking part in the co-curricular music program have the opportunity to perform at public concerts which provide a platform for any student to gain valuable skills in preparing for public performance. Admission is free and parents, family, friends and teachers are encouraged to attend and support the students. Students wishing to take part in a concert should sign up to perform through their music teacher.

Awards for excellence

MLC School teaches HSC Music at all levels and in 2016 100% of students in Music 2 achieved Band 6. Many Old Girls are accepted straight from our school into prestigious undergraduate music courses in Australia and abroad. Three MLC School Old Girls are currently studying music at The Juilliard School in New York.

MLC School's music program has been recognised with two national awards for embracing innovation and excellence. The Australian Music Centre and APRA National Award was received for the most distinguished contribution to the advancement of Australian music in education. The TOAN National Award, presented by The Orchestras of Australia Network, was for the best school orchestral program. Both these awards are testimony to our extended commitment to musical excellence; a program that has enriched the musical lives of our students and established MLC School as a leader in Australian music education.

MLC School has also won a NSW Flame Award, which annually rewards and recognises Australia’s most inspiring school music programs.

Visit the Musical Instruments page for details on learning an instrument at MLC School