Music is an important element of the St James College community. It is a subject that both challenges and enriches students through performance and academic study. Music is a universal language that encompasses intellectual properties. It is a vehicle that enables the human spirit to flourish and often gives a sense of well-being, achievement, emotive connectedness and spiritual fulfilment.

Music education at St James College aims to instil a deep love of music in students. It encourages each student to experience the joy of music regardless of age or ability as an integral part of the school curriculum. There is an emphasis on active participation, individual expression and knowledge and understanding of musical concepts. The St James College music program offers students a broad musical experience by encompassing three pillars for successful music making. These pillars provide students with an educational experience that develops skills, knowledge, understanding and values. 

These pillars are:

Classroom Music: Classroom music for Years 7 & 8 is part of the core curriculum and classroom music is offered as an elective for Years 9 & 10. Classroom music focuses on developing sound perception, understanding of key musical concepts and general musicianship using a wide range of musical experiences. Students in Years 7 & 8 explore the elements of music and their concepts by playing keyboard, guitar, percussion and various other instruments, composing and using music technologies. Students in Years 9 and 10 may elect to take music and gain a much greater depth and understanding of expressive techniques, score reading, composition, music history, styles and performance. Classroom music is the foundation on which all music making is built.

Instrumental Studies: Private and group instrumental lessons for guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, piano, are offered on a weekly basis with a specialist instrumental tutor. Lessons will include the development of aural skills and technical fluency via the exploration of various theoretical concepts, with an emphasis on performance. Students who are enrolled in the instrumental music program are given priority when selections are made for various co-curricular ensembles. Instrumental tuition is the practical application of knowledge and understanding built in classroom music. For more information click here.

Co-curricular Music: St James College provides a number of performance opportunities for various performance ensembles throughout the school year. These opportunities take place both within the school and in and amongst the broader community. Students have the opportunity of joining instrumental and/or vocal ensembles. Co-curricular music is an important aspect of giving back to the school community and provides a crucial social dimension to music making

Each pillar supports and enhances the other two and are of equal importance in encouraging students to understand and enjoy music.

The music program at St James strives to: 
  • Provide a developmentally appropriate and sequential introduction to the elements of music with an emphasis on creative music making
  • Provide students with a wide range of quality musical experiences and opportunities in the classroom, co-curricular program and school community
  • Develop individual student aural perception of sound by exploring the elements of music
  • Nurture individual student diversity and needs
  • Foster opportunities for students to explore music as part of their life long learning