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Gifted & Talented Music Entry

To apply for a place in our Gifted and Talented Music program contact the Department of Education on 9264 5513 or visit their website.

The dates for the opening and closing of applications can be found on the G&T website.

The deadline for applications is strictly applied and no applications are accepted after that time.

Please note all Gifted and Talented applicants are required to sit an academic assessment. While this academic assessment is compulsory, it has no bearing on selection into the Gifted and Talented Music Program.

Selection process

Initial music assessment

Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces on their instrument. If the applicant has not been learning an instrument previously they must prepare two contrasting songs. The applicant should select repertoire that is both challenging and within their abilities. The applicant will also complete some simple singing and listening exercises. This typically occurs during the vacation at the end of Term 1.

Follow-up music assessment

Applicants who are successful in the initial stage are invited to Churchlands to attend a standardised musical aptitude test and a concert demonstration of instruments on offer early in Term 2. This is an opportunity to see and hear some of the exciting instruments available for beginners and to ask questions about the music program. Parents are encouraged to attend this demonstration.

These applicants are then scheduled for a short interview at Churchlands during which they must again play their instrument as per the initial audition but may choose different repertoire if they wish. The applicant must bring copies of their two most recent school reports as well as any instrumental, performance and theory exam results that can be used to help identify academic achievement and commitment. Parents are encouraged to attend the interview. The applicant is encouraged to bring references, certificates and ask questions at the conclusion of the interview.

The interview at Churchlands seeks to identify:

    • the applicant's achievements, motivation and commitment;
    • the applicant's willingness to participate fully in the music program; and
    • the applicant's capacity to cope with the additional workload.

    First round offers are sent out to successful applicants around the middle of June.


    Students accepting a place in the Gifted & Talented Music Program are expected to continue to study music to the end of Year 12.

    If a student drops out during the course, not only has another student been denied the opportunity to be a part of the G&T Music Program, but the balance of an ensemble and the quality of the experience for all other students involved has been affected.

    It is only possible to maintain high standards if all students are committed to the program. Attendance at rehearsals, lessons and performances, as well as a positive attitude to regular practice is a requirement. Students and parents share the responsibility in maintaining the program's high standards and excellent reputation.

    Ongoing instruments

    Students must already be competent on these instruments to audition. We do NOT start beginners on these instruments.

    • Violin (minimum AMEB grade 3 or equiv.)
    • Viola
    • Cello
    • Classical Guitar + Jazz electric + Bass
    • Flute
    • Clarinet
    • Trumpet
    • Piano (only students with AMEB Pianoforte Grade 7 or higher in Year 6 should apply for a piano position.)

    Ongoing and beginner instruments

    Available for Year 7 beginners although students already playing them should audition as well.

    • Double Bass
    • Harp (one every 2 or 3 years only)
    • Oboe
    • Bassoon
    • Saxophone
    • Horn
    • Trombone
    • Euphonium
    • Tuba
    • Percussion
    • Voice