Music at Marist Catholic College Penshurst enables each student to find his or her musical talent and develop it fully through a wide range of genres and skill sets.


All Music classes develop the student’s skills in Performance, Composition and Listening and Analysing Music. All classes are differentiated to allow individual learning plans for each student.

Technology is central in the Music classroom at MCCP. Students use the same software that professional Composers use to create their own works. They are also given access to cloud based software that helps develop their Musical Literacy along with their listening skills.

Year 7 Mandatory Instrumental Programme

Every student in Year 7 learns to play their choice of instrument. They can choose from instruments such as piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and percussion. Students attend their instrumental class once a week as part of their Mandatory Music lessons and are taught by specialist instrumental teachers.

Elective Classroom Music

Music is offered as an elective subject from Year 9 through to HSC. All levels of music are offered including Music 1, Music 2 and Music extenstion.


The following extra – curricular music ensembles are offered. All rehearsals take place before school and are scheduled once a week. All Ensembles have an opportunity to perform throughout the school year both inside and outside of the College.

College Concert Band - Open to all students who currently play a Concert Band instrument. Directed by Mr Peter Blythe, students can perform at various functions throughout the year.

Training Band - Open to students who are new to a Concert Band instrument and wish to train to the Concert Band standard.

Rock Band - Entry by audition, students who are interested in Rock instrumental and performance techniques.

Guitar Ensemble - Open to all students who show proficiency on the guitar. A range of styles from Spanish classical to modern rock guitar are performed in this ensemble.

String Ensemble - Open to students who have shown proficiency on an orchestral string instrument.

Choir - Open to all students who enjoy singing. Music performed ranges from traditional spiritual songs to modern day popular music. All students are welcome.


Private Music Tuition is available for a fee to any student who is interested. Lessons take place during the school day and are given once a week for a half hour duration.

Students can choose to receive Private Music Tuition on any of the following: 

Guitar, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals, Piano.

Further enquiries can be directed to; 

Mr Matthew Smith
Music Coordinator