Balwyn High School’s Music Program is one of the largest and best developed in Victoria. Over 800 students participate in our renowned instrumental and choral program. The school’s committed to classroom music as part of the curriculum from Years 7 through to Year 12.The school is proud of its impressive music facilities.

Instrumental and Voice Program

There are two main aspects to this part of the Music Program:


Instrumental lessons for all well-known instruments and for voice are taught by a team of outstanding instrumental and vocal teachers. Instrumental lessons are supported by an extensive program of soirées, concerts, competitions and master classes. Acceleration classroom programs, beginning at Year 8, cater for advanced instrumental students. Balwyn High School has a record as one of Victoria’s highest achieving providers of VCE Music Studies. The school also enters many students each year for examination with the Australian Music Examinations Board.

There is a strong emphasis on classic and jazz styles – Balwyn High School has excelled in these styles for many years. The best in contemporary music is integrated into the curriculum.


A great variety of ensembles are offered including:

  • five string orchestras (strings, Junior, Intermediate, Newitt and Senior Strings)
  • five concert bands, each with a membership of 40-50 students
  • three stage bands (Junior, Intermediate and Senior)
  • chamber and contemporary music groups which rehearse regularly, including string quartets, a percussion ensemble, contemporary jazz and vocal ensembles, brass and flute ensembles

A multitude of performing opportunities is available for all ensembles in the school. Ensembles, from junior to senior, perform in a wide variety of venues and may undertake interstate and overseas tours.

Balwyn High School participates fully in many competitive festivals. Results in recent years confirm Balwyn High School as one of Victoria’s leading music schools when compared to both government and private schools.

Classroom Music Program

Balwyn High School has one of the most extensive classroom programs in Victoria. The program focuses on singing, music technology, composition/arrangement and the understanding of music styles. The school’s skilled and energetic classroom music teachers deliver a stimulating and imaginative curriculum.

For VCE studies in music, students can select from:

  • Music Performance
  • Music Investigation
  • Music Styles

VCE Music teachers have great expertise and standing in the music education community.

All Years 7-8 students sing in the 900-voice choir that performs at the school’s end-of-year Presentation Night held at Hamer Hall. Over recent years the Balwyn High School Presentation Nights have gained a reputation for being spectacular and musically outstanding.