The study of music fosters intellectual, physical and emotional development. In addition to teaching students to play their instruments, playing music develops teamwork, commitment and study skills, and bestows upon students a unique musical experience from which they will benefit for the rest of their lives.

‘Music nurtures the soul…’

Mount Beauty Secondary College provides an excellent Instrumental Music Program developed through years of experience and hard work. The program provides a valuable extra-curricular experience for many students.

The Mount Beauty Band Program began in 1987 under the directorship of Mr Glenn Ramage. The program has continued under the direction of Mark Poland, Dave Robinson, Pip Cain, Jarrod Policha and with our current Director, Braam de Villiers.

The band program concentrates on brass and woodwind instruments, with intermediate and senior bands, as well as ensembles.

Instrumental lessons are currently taught by Braam de Villiers, who joined us in 2018.

Music students attend weekly lessons with our qualified and talented music staff. Lessons are in small groups of up to four students. These lessons are held during class time; times are alternated weekly to ensure students are not repeatedly missing the same class. Regular home practice is expected to ensure maximum skill development.

To further develop their skills, students are required to participate in a concert band or ensemble that suits their level of learning. Held after school once a week, these rehearsals are an essential component of the program, as they provide students with group performance opportunities. As well as concert bands, students have the opportunity to be involved in other ensembles such as stage band and instrument specific groups.

The school was fortunate to be involved in the Leading Schools Fund which allowed us to develop a purpose-built performing arts centre, named the Jessie Hollonds Studios. The studios consist of four music studios, a radio studio, a dance/drama/band performance space that also doubles as a theatrette and a raised band space for the percussion instruments. The Studios also have two outside performance areas, including an amphitheatre and flat staging area.