Music & Singing

Australian research has identified the value of participating in arts experiences in school. The study is based on 643 primary and secondary school students from 15 schools over the course of two years.
A 4 minute video about this research, "ACARA: The Australian Curriculum The Arts and…The Role of Arts Participation in Students’ Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes" is available at 

All students at Henley Beach Primary Schools have lessons in the Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama). 

Additional experiences are listed below. Check the fortnightly newsletter for the most up to date information.

Music Ensemble Night

Our annual Music Ensemble Night is a showcase of the music groups at our school. This year it will be held on Thursday 8 August from 6.30pm in the school gym.

Instrumental and vocal groups will be performing, including Festival Choir, String Ensemble and the school bands.

Smaller instrumental groups including brass (trumpet and trombone), percussion , strings (violin, viola, cello), woodwind (Mr  flute, clarinet and saxophone) and all recorder classes will also perform.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Please let the school know if you plan to attend.

Festival Choir:

The Festival of Music Choir is available to students in Years 5-7. They rehearse in preparation for the South Australian Public Primary Schools Festival of Music which is held in the Adelaide Festival Theatre in Term Three.

All Year Six students participate in Festival Choir in Terms One and Two. They may choose to continue in Term Three if they wish to be involved in the Festival of Music.

Festival Choir is optional for Year Five and Year Seven students. Those who join the choir sign a contract to commit to the choir until the end of Term Three. They join with all Year Six students in Terms One and Two.

Thirty four of our choir members are selected to perform in the mass choir (over 400 singers) for one of the twelve Festival of Music concerts in September.

Our choir's 2019 Festival of Music concert will be on Saturday 23 September from 2.30-4.30pm in the Festival Theatre.

Many of our students will be involved in other concerts too: three of our students will perform in the 'Welcome to Country' for all twelve concerts; two students in the 'Blue' troupe will perform in the dance/drama troupe in six concerts and another student in the 'Red' troupe' will perform in the other six concerts; one student will be playing Taiko drums in four of the concerts; one student will co-host one concert; one student will sing the vocal solo in "Route 66" for the concert in which our choir will participate.

We also perform at school assemblies, our school's Music Ensemble Night and in the community. In 2018, we performed at Villa St Hilarion, Fulham.

Instrumental Music Tuition:

Learning to play a musical instrument has many advantages, including development of the brain. The following is a link to an animated video explaining how the brain benefits from learning to play a musical instrument:

Music tuition is available during school time at Henley Beach Primary School:

  • Group Recorder lessons are available to students in Years 3-7. They purchase a recorder and a tutor book, but lessons are free.

  • Group Strings (violin, viola, cello) lessons are available for Year 3-7 students. They hire or purchase an instrument and a tutor book, but lessons are free.

  • Group Woodwind (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone) lessons are available for Year 5-7 students. They hire or purchase an instrument and a tutor book, but lessons are free.

  • Group Brass (trumpet, trombone) lessons are available for Year 5-7 students. They hire or purchase an instrument and a tutor book, but lessons are free.

  • Individual or small group lessons on guitar and piano are available to students in any year level by negotiation with the instrumental teacher. There is a tuition fee for the lessons. These lessons are provided at school by private teachers who have been approved by the Department for Education.


Brass, Percussion, Woodwind, Recorder and Strings lessons begin in Term One.

Expressions of interest for Brass, Woodwind and Strings classes for 2020 will open later in 2019. 

For more information, contact the school. Tryouts for these instruments will be held in Term Four. 

The private instrumental teachers may have vacancies throughout the year. For more information, ask for a flyer at the Front Office.


Instrumental Music Groups:


Band: for students in Years 4-7 who have been playing for at least one year and can read music (any instrument).

Concert Band: for students in Years 5-7 with at least one year's experience in playing a concert band instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion). 


String Ensemble: for string students in Years 3-7 who have been playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello) for at least one year.