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Ararat College offers a strong music program with between 100 to 120 students participating.  Instruments offered include Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Bass guitar, Drums and Piano/Keyboard.




Participation in the school bands can be exciting and rewarding and often students choose to perform in a variety of ensembles.  Each year the Arts group presents a musical in which up to 100 students participate. Staff and students of the secondary college have written some of the Musicals performed and other schools throughout Australia have performed these.  Students are given the opportunity to travel with the music groups and gain much from the experiences. Participation in the bands can result in a massive improvement in ability throughout a student's total education.



Tuition costs $100 per year. This is one of the cheapest fees charged by any school in Australia to our knowledge and the cost covers insurance of instruments, purchase of all music for lessons and bands, repairs of instruments for general wear and tear, and part of the cost of accompaniments for exams. This amount is actually less than the cost of a single tutor (Music book) for the beginning drummers!


Ararat College does not hire instruments and recommends purchase of instruments to parents who would like their child to have their own, however parents who would prefer to hire an instrument can contact a reputable hire company through the school. Parents contemplating the purchase of instruments should also get advice before purchasing instruments to avoid buying a poor quality instrument.  Ararat College has a reasonable number of instruments available for free loan for students in years 7 and 8 so that parents can find out if their child wishes to continue before making a purchase.


Some students choose to take Australian Music Examinations at this college as a way to structure their learning and as a way to receive external assessment by Australia's premiere music examination body. The A.M.E.B. exams can allow students entry into many community bands and are an excellent preparation for a professional career in music. Please note that there are additional costs for undertaking A.M.E.B. Exams and these are not covered in our tuition fee.



If your child would like to start or continue instrumental music lessons at Ararat College please complete an application form available from the College Office or download directly here.


Please note that the $100.00 levy is not refundable after your child has commenced lessons.

Principal :                                    Ellie McDougall
Acting Assistant Principal :       Emma Henry
General Office hours:                8.15 am  to  4.30 pm   Monday to Friday

Ararat College is committed to Child Safety (Ministerial Order No.870) and takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the safety of our students is paramount.