Co-Curricular Music

Beyond their daily classroom routine children at Townsville Grammar School have the opportunity to partake in a wide range of co-curricular musical groups for choirs and ensembles.

Our Annadale Campus has a dedicated Music Space within the Arts Cottage and every student in Year 3 participates in an integrated Strings Programme to introduce the joy of music to their lives.

The Music Centre on our North Ward Campus offers a rehearsal space containing a grand piano, electronic keyboards and computers with up-to-date composition software. 

Music and Pastoral Care

Students involved in Music at Townsville Grammar School have a very strong sense of identity. The shared ownership of the resources, classes and music activities, together with leadership opportunities in a range of ensembles, mean that all students gain exceptional pastoral care and growth through their involvement in Music at the School.

Curriculum Music 

Curriculum Music at Townsville Grammar School is a timetabled/classroom subject studied by all students from Prep to Year 8. It is an elective option for students in Years 9 to 12. At all levels, it involves Performing, Composing and Analysing, with considerable emphasis on developing aural skills through singing and listening. Curriculum Music is an academically meritorious subject that entails aural, visual and kinesthetic ways of learning. The link between music education and academic and social development has been demonstrated in many studies and is now widely accepted among educational institutions.

Performance opportunities

The School arranges regular performance opportunities for students involved in the Music Programme. These include:

  • Soirées and recitals for individual student performances each term
  • Annual Grammar Sings Choirs Concert
  • Annual Instrumental Ensembles Showcase
    Concert at the Perry Performance Space
  • Eisteddfod  participation
  • Participation in School Productions
  • Performances for community events
  • Performances associated with the Australian
    Festival of Chamber Music
  • Participation in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition
  • Performances at important School events such as Anzac Day, Award Ceremonies and Speech Night
  • Overseas and Interstate Tours
  • Participation in Queensland Conservatorium State Honours Ensemble Programme
Musical groups and Ensembles

The skills learned in classroom music are applied in the sphere of Ensemble participation. In the Choral and Instrumental Ensembles, students learn the skills of performing with others, the discipline of punctual, habitual rehearsal attendance and exposure to a wide range of opportunities. 

Musical groups and ensembles are available for those with enthusiasm and commitment. Teamwork, mutual respect and support are life skills acquired through membership of a musical choir or ensemble, some of which are listed below:

  • Grammar Singers (Years 10-12 Senior School Choir)
  • Grammar Mezzo (Years 7-9 Middle School Choir)
  • Girls’ Vocal Ensemble
  • Middle School Boys Vocal Ensemble
  • Grammar Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra (Strings)
  • Celtic Strings
  • Grammar Big Band
  • Concert Band
  • Junior School Band
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble
  • Recorder Ensembles
  • Junior School Year Level Choirs
  • Junior Schools Boys Choir
  • Junior School String Ensembles
  • Junior School Instrumental Ensembles
  • Minors Choir Years 1 – 3
  • Majors Choir Years 4 – 6
Instrumental/Vocal Tuition

Ensemble participation is enhanced when supported by the sphere of Instrumental and Vocal tuition. At Grammar, the School encourages students to learn instruments by integrating instrumental lessons into the school timetable. Our experienced and qualified music tutors rotate the lessons so that students do not miss too much of any other subject.

Individual specialist lessons are available as follows:

  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar
  • Piano: Classical, Modern
  • Voice: Classical, Modern
  • Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
  • Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
  • Percussion: Drums, Orchestral Percussion

We have many instruments available for hire for Grammar students.
These include:

  • Piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone)
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Please download the hire form below.

For details on our curricular music programme, please click here

Director of Music
Mr Samuel Blanch 
P: (07) 4722 4938

Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
Erskine Place
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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