Music plays important roles in the social, cultural, aesthetic and spiritual lives of people. At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression. It enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences and each student has the opportunity to develop her musical abilities and potential.
The Music Department at Tara is an active and dynamic department, led by dedicated and caring staff who are committed to students’ music education and holistic development. All students have the opportunity to develop their musical abilities and potential in a variety of ways.
Senior School Music in Years 7 and 8 (Mandatory course) employs a hands on approach, with girls participating in Orff based Xylophone work in Year 7, and the learning of acoustic guitar in Year 8. Performance, Composition and Listening components are interwoven in a differentiated and often ensemble based framework.
Elective Music is offered in Years 9 and 10, with students extending and developing their musical skills, knowledge and experience. The use of ICT and a variety of music software, including Sibelius, Cubase, Musition and Auralia are integrated features of our program. Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension are each offered in the Senior School years.
Students have various opportunities to develop, enrich and showcase their learning through events such as School assemblies, Music Showcase evenings, Chapel music accompaniments, and many performances and presentations.
Traditions and celebrations
There is a rich variety and mixture of heritage and style of music at Tara. From weekly chapel and assemblies to the House Choral Competition, musical ensembles, and the entire School community singing of 'The School Blessing', music plays a vital role in our culture.
Music excursions and tours
Girls studying music have a number of opportunities available to them. Many workshops beyond the wider Tara community are a part of our educational calendar which Australian Music days, workshops at neighbouring schools, colleges and Universities and wider educational opportunities such as the ‘Meet the Music’ subscription series by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opera House.
International study and performance tours are offered every few years, with the most recent 2016 European Choral Tour a resounding success.
A School musical for Years 7-10 is produced biannually, alternating with the Junior School in these productions. This is always a highlight of the calendar.
Every year, senior students have the opportunity of an annual production in Senior School, please visit our Tara Enrichment Centre page for more information.
To find out more about our co-curricular ensembles, please visit our Performing Arts page.
A Music scholarship program is offered each year for girls entering Year 7. Please visit the scholarship page for more information.