The music program at Kew High School is comprised of classroom and instrumental music programs. Students are able to study both of these subjects up to Year 12.

The classroom music program forms part of the core curriculum at Years 7 and 8. Across four lessons per fortnight for one semester each year, students learn music theory and keyboard skills. From Year 9 onwards, music becomes an elective study option.

In the instrumental program, students may choose from the following instruments to study:

  • Bass clarinet
  • Bass guitar
  • Cello
  • Chinese instruments
  • Clarinet
  • Double bass
  • Drums and percussion
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar (electric and acoustic)
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Singing
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola  
  • Violin

Instrumental music lessons are conducted in small groups, with students grouped according to ability. There is a fee for instrumental music lessons and instruments may be hired from school, if needed.

Students learning an instrument are enrolled in ensembles, in which they learn the musical skills and experience the enjoyment of playing in a group. The school’s numerous ensemble groups are varied, encompassing a range of skills and genres from classical, to jazz, to rock.

Throughout each year, music students have the opportunity to perform at a range of events, both within the school and in the wider community. These include:

  • Chaplaincy dinner
  • Classical Guitar Society evening
  • Jazz and Swing Night
  • Lunchtime concerts
  • Mid-year and end-of-year concerts
  • Presentation Night
  • Regional music concert
  • School production
  • Victorian Schools Music Festival.