Classroom Music Program of Excellence


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What is the Classroom Music (Accelerando) Program of Excellence ?

The Classroom Music (Accelerando) program provides an opportunity for students who are advanced musicians to participate in the classroom Music curriculum at an accelerated rate of progression.

Goals of the program are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop and extend students who have skills beyond the expectations of the compulsory components of the Australian curriculum for Music.
  • To extend instrumental / vocal students who have already developed sound music reading and performance skills through the primary school years (for at least 3 years) or private lessons.  
  • Provide a learning environment with other like-minded musicians so that students can learn through an integrated vocal and aural approach to further develop their musical ability.


Classroom Music is a 3-year program. Successful applicants are expected to remain in the program for the entirety of the program until the end of Year 9.


Classroom Music (Accelerando) is a class of 28 students who will study:

  • English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities
  • Either Japanese or French as their language elective for a semester with HPE for the alternative semester
  • Music as their Arts elective and choose a Technology elective for the alternative semester
  • Students are expected to remain in at least one ensemble for the duration of their enrolment.


Standard general student levy and subject fees apply​. Instrumental ensemble fees and choral fees apply.

Who can apply?

The Classroom Music Program of Excellence (Accelerando) is available to both local area catchment and out-of-catchment students. Students interested in applying for entry into this program should select this option on their enrolment application to be considered for the program.

Not every student that applies will be granted an audition.  In previous years, only approximately 75 of the applicants were invited to audition for the 28 positions.

​Application process

The entry point for Classroom​ Music (Accelerando) is Year 7. Students wishing to complete an application for this program will complete an enrolment application including the Program of Excellence forms part 1 and part 2.  Applications for entry in 2023 close on Friday 27 May 2022.

Applicants that are shortlisted for auditions will be forwarded a letter detailing dates and times to complete an audition and theory exam.

  • The theory exam is 30 minutes in length and covers basic music notation, rhythmic & melodic dictations and music analysis (listening).
  • The audition is 10 minutes in length; play an 'own choice' song that shows your musical ability; also sight-reading and scales.
  • Audition and theory exams are done on the same day at the school.

How are students selected?

Students are shortlisted for an audition on the merits and strength of their application data as requested in the application and enrolment process. The school makes decisions based on our interpretations of the submitted data to select the students who present as being the most suitable for this program. The top 28 applicants will be offered positions on the program. If an offer is turned down, the position is offered to the next person on the waiting list (i.e. 29th best applicant) until the class is filled.

Last reviewed 29 March 2022
Last updated 29 March 2022