Music at Reddam House plays an integral role in the cultural and academic life of the school. It allows our students to develop intellectual, physical and social strengths and establishes a vital link between individual striving and communal success. Music as a discipline unites academic, artistic and social endeavour as few other subjects are able. It was in this light that our programme was founded and indeed continues to grow.

The Reddam philosophy means that our music staff actively seek out and nourish talent, whilst ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reap the rewards of a musical education. Students are provided with a plethora of opportunities for individual and group music-making across our campuses.

Our specialist team of classroom and performance staff, together with high quality instrumental and ensemble directors, lead a robust and thriving music department, housed in our purpose-built music terrace at the Woollahra campus.

Primary School Music Programme

Primary Instrumental Programme 

Students in our Primary School who study a musical instrument join the ensemble that corresponds with their instrument. These morning ensembles include: strings, Orff percussion, guitar, recorder, concert band, piano duets, synthesiser workshop, BeatVox percussion, drumline, and keyboard extensions class.

Choral Programme

Reddam House is proud of its extensive and successful choral programme. It is our firm belief that every child can and should sing, and that the benefits of group singing are far-reaching. Our Primary School choirs include the foundational Gumnuts Choir (Kindergarten and Year 1) and the compulsory Year 2 Bunyips Choir and Year 3–4 Sculthorpe Choir. Vocal students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to audition for the Year 5–6 A Cappella as their PIP ensemble. All Years 5 and 6 students are encouraged to join the Year 5–6 Singers. This is our school’s flagship ensemble, having won the Open Primary section of the Sydney Eisteddfod for the past three years in a row. Students of all levels of experience enjoy performing a wide variety of repertoire and gaining advanced aural and vocal skills.

Voluntary Extension Ensembles

A number of voluntary ensemble opportunities exist for talented students; these students are actively mentored and encouraged to enhance their skills and give back to the school community by participating in our extension ensembles. These include

  • Chamber Music
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Elite Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Bands
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble

Musicianship

Content Students have the opportunity to supplement their instrumental and academic learning by attending after-school music theory or musicianship classes. These group lessons are tailored to individual student need, and may include assessment or AMEB examination preparation.

Further questions about our ensemble programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Reddam House employs over 35 high calibre instrumental staff to deliver specialised tuition on a number of instruments. Lessons operate on a rotational basis throughout the school day, to avoid disruption to academic learning. Fixed lessons are reserved for senior students and those students studying two instruments, where the first rotates. Individual tuition is compulsory for students in Years 2 to 7, and voluntary for other year groups.

Instruments offered for study include

  • Violin (Kindergarten to Year 6)
  • Viola (Year 2 to Year 6)
  • Cello (Kindergarten to Year 6)
  • Double Bass (Year 5 and Year 6)
  • Recorder (Year 2)
  • Flute (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Oboe (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Clarinet (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Bassoon (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Trumpet (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Trombone (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • French Horn (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Baritone/Euphonium (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Tuba (Year 5 to Year 6)
  • Harp (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Percussion (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • Guitar (Year 4 to Year 6)
  • Voice (Year 5 to Year 6)
  • Piano (Kindergarten to Year 6)

Further questions about our individual tuition programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Live performance is an integral part of the programme of study for Reddam House music students. Students perform at least once in each year, both individually and as ensemble members. Students are carefully prepared by specialist performance staff to deliver confident and rounded performances.

Reddam House is proud to provide many performance opportunities each year, in competition, recital and informal settings. Students also receive unique and memorable experiences by taking productions and performances to professional venues including the NIDA Parade Theatre and Sydney Town Hall. Students receive Reddam House cultural points in Music for their participation in our performance programme.

Performance opportunities available to students include

  • Weekly school assemblies
  • Instrumental and Vocal Competitions
  • Elite Musician recitals
  • Composition Competition
  • Reddam Idol
  • Easter Celebration
  • Pesach Seder
  • Holiday Celebration
  • Sydney Eisteddfod
  • Australian National Eisteddfod
  • Prize Giving Ceremony
  • Reddam House Open Day
  • Kindergarten Orientation Day
  • Music Tours
  • Inter-House Music Competition

Further questions about our performance programme can be addressed to the Coordinator of Music and Special Events, at Elli.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

In the classroom, our music students sing, play and move to music, internalising and developing their understanding of pitch, beat and rhythm through a variety of practical and theoretical activities. In conjunction with the instrumental and ensemble programme, classroom music offers students experience in a broad range of musical styles and activities, covering everything from popular music and jazz to classical music and sounds from other cultures. Although very practical and ‘hands on’, the programme is also designed to ensure that students receive a strong grounding in music theory, notation and musicianship, using Orff and Kodaly methodologies as a foundation for thorough skill development and deeper learning.

Our classroom programme is enhanced further through a range of unique student experiences and workshops provided by organisations such as Musica Viva, Opera Australia, and through our partnership with Inspired by Berklee. Through these integrated opportunities, the primary school music programme continues to be one of the most rigorous in the state and moves well beyond levels set by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Further questions about our academic music programme may be addressed to the Head of Music (Academic), at Courtaney.Wood@reddamhouse.com.au.

Middle School Music Programme

Our specialist team of classroom and performance staff, together with high quality instrumental and ensemble directors, lead a robust and thriving music department enriched through our networks of industry professionals and partnership with Inspired by Berklee.
 

Year 7 Ensemble Programme

Students in Year 7 join the ensemble that corresponds with their instrument. These Thursday morning ensembles include: strings, guitar, concert band, piano duets, synthesiser workshop, drumline, vocal ensemble, and pop percussion.

Choral Programme

Reddam House is proud of its extensive and successful choral programme. It is our firm belief that every child can and should sing, and that the benefits of group singing are far-reaching. Our High School choirs include the Year 7 Vocal Ensemble, which is compulsory for Year 7 vocal students. All students in Years 7 to 9 are encouraged to join the Woollahra Singers. This large and dedicated group performs regularly, and combines with the Bondi Singers for significant competitions and events. Students of all levels of experience enjoy performing a wide variety of repertoire and gaining advanced aural and vocal skills.

Voluntary Extension Ensembles

A number of voluntary ensemble opportunities exist for talented students; these students are actively mentored and encouraged to enhance their skills and give back to the school community by participating in our extension ensembles. These ensembles include

  • Chamber Music
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Bands
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Commercial Ensemble
  • New Orleans Street Band
  • String Orchestra

Musicianship

Students have the opportunity to supplement their instrumental and academic learning by attending after-school music theory or musicianship classes. These group lessons are tailored to individual student need, and may include assessment or AMEB examination preparation.

Further questions about our ensemble programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Reddam House employs over 35 high calibre instrumental staff to deliver specialised tuition on a number of instruments. Lessons operate on a rotational basis throughout the school day, to avoid disruption to academic learning. Fixed lessons are reserved for senior students and those students studying two instruments, where the first rotates. Individual tuition is compulsory for students in Years 2 to 7, and voluntary for other year groups.

Instruments offered for study include

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Baritone/Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Piano

Further questions about our individual tuition programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Live performance is an integral part of the programme of study for Reddam House music students. Students perform at least once in each year, both individually and as ensemble members. Students are carefully prepared by specialist performance staff to deliver confident and rounded performances.

Reddam House is proud to provide many performance opportunities each year, in competition, recital and informal settings. Students also receive unique and memorable experiences by taking productions and performances to professional venues including the NIDA Parade Theatre and Sydney Town Hall.
Students receive Reddam House cultural points in Music for their participation in our performance programme.

Performance opportunities available to students include

  • Weekly school assemblies
  • Instrumental and Vocal Competitions
  • Elite Musician recitals
  • Composition Competition
  • Reddam Idol
  • Prize Giving Ceremonies
  • Sydney Eisteddfod
  • Australian National Eisteddfod
  • Gold Coast Eisteddfod
  • Reddam House Open Day
  • Music Tours
  • Inter-House Music Competition

Further questions about our performance programme can be addressed to the Coordinator of Music and Special Events, at Elli.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Year 7 Mandatory Course

Music in Year 7 consists of three 55-minute classroom lessons every fortnight, one 30-minute individual lesson and one ensemble lesson each week. In the classroom, students will strengthen their foundation skills in music reading and notation as they explore a variety of creative projects. These range from Southern Indian Carnatic music (Konnakol) performances to design of audiobook soundtracks using sequencing software and discovering the world of orchestral instruments.

Year 8 Mandatory Course

Music is mandatory in Year 8 within the classroom setting and each class receives three 55-minute lessons every fortnight. The Year 8 course is varied and caters for a wide range of interests. Students explore the impact of Music on the brain and compose their own songs to assist in recalling facts for assessments in other subjects, creating their own remixes of popular music and analysing the role of music in history and politics. Students continue to enjoy group performances in their classwork as they create their own versions of popular home-grown Australian pieces. Those interested in continuing music in Years 9–10 and beyond are strongly advised to maintain private tuition on an instrument or voice. Participation in an elective ensemble is also recommended.

Year 9 Elective Course

The Year 9 Elective Music course is one of the most engaging and diverse programs on offer. In addition to developing fluency in notation and aural analysis, students explore the world of Film Music, composing their own underscores to animations. This creativity is balanced with an increased focus on analytical skills and traditional music scoring through the study of Australian Art Music and Minimalist techniques, beginning the pathway to senior music studies. The highlight for many students is the opportunity to attend WomAdelaide World Music Festival for 3 days of new sounds and live musical workshops and performances.

Students who choose this option are required to attend seven 55-minute lessons every fortnight. Additionally, it is a requirement that all students study an instrument either at Reddam or externally.
Ensemble performance is also mandatory for these students. Please note that the Year 9 course is a prerequisite for further study in Year 10.

Further information about our academic music programme may be addressed to the Head of Music (Academic), at Courtaney.Wood@reddamhouse.com.au.

High School Music Programme

Our specialist team of classroom and performance staff, together with high quality instrumental and ensemble directors, lead a robust and thriving music department enriched through our networks of industry professionals and partnership with Inspired by Berklee. The Music Department is housed in our purpose-built music terrace at the Woollahra campus, and in our specially designed teaching spaces at the Bondi campus. Students in Years 10 to 12 have the ability to utilise resources across both campuses in their study of music.
 

Reddam House proudly supports dozens of musical ensembles, suited to every level of ability and interest.

Choral Programme

Reddam House is proud of its extensive and successful choral programme. It is our firm belief that every child can and should sing, and that the benefits of group singing are far-reaching. Students in Years 10 to 12 are encouraged to join the Bondi Singers. This large and dedicated group performs regularly, and combines with the Year 7 Vocal Ensemble and Woollahra Singers for significant competitions and events. Students of all levels of experience enjoy performing a wide variety of repertoire and gaining advanced aural and vocal skills.

Voluntary Extension Ensembles

A number of voluntary ensemble opportunities exist for talented students; these students are actively mentored and encouraged to enhance their skills and give back to the school community by participating in our extension ensembles.

These ensembles include

  • Chamber Music
  • Elite Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Bands
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Commercial Ensemble

Musicianship

Students have the opportunity to supplement their instrumental and academic learning by attending after-school music theory or musicianship classes. These group lessons are tailored to individual student need, and may include assessment or AMEB examination preparation.

Further questions about our ensemble programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Reddam House employs over 35 high calibre instrumental staff to deliver specialised tuition on a number of instruments. Lessons operate on a rotational basis throughout the school day, to avoid disruption to academic learning. Fixed lessons are reserved for senior students and those students studying two instruments, where the first rotates. Individual tuition is compulsory for students in Years 2 to 7, and voluntary for other year groups.

Instruments offered for study include

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Baritone/Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Piano

Further questions about our individual tuition programme may be directed to the Head of Music (Performance), at Marcus.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Live performance is an integral part of the programme of study for Reddam House music students. Students perform at least once in each year, both individually and as ensemble members. Students are carefully prepared by specialist performance staff to deliver confident and rounded performances.

Reddam House is proud to provide many performance opportunities each year, in competition, recital and informal settings. Students also receive unique and memorable experiences by taking productions and performances to professional venues including the NIDA Parade Theatre and Sydney Town Hall. Students receive Reddam House cultural points in Music for their participation in our performance programme.

Performance opportunities available to students include

  • Weekly school assemblies
  • Instrumental and Vocal Competitions
  • Elite Musician recitals
  • Composition Competition
  • Reddam Idol
  • Prize Giving Ceremonies
  • Sydney Eisteddfod
  • Australian National Eisteddfod
  • Gold Coast Eisteddfod
  • Reddam House Open Day
  • Music Tours
  • Inter-House Music Competition

Further questions about our performance programme can be addressed to the Coordinator of Music and Special Events, at Elli.Bortolotti@reddamhouse.com.au.

Year 10 Elective Course

The Year 10 Elective Music course expands on the wide range of experiences and contexts in Year 9.
Through exploring Western Art Music periods through studying small and large ensembles, and developing contemporary song writing skills in Year 10, students can experiment with content and assessments that prepare them for both Music 1 and 2 trajectories, facilitating the opportunity to see which course would be most appropriate for them into Year 11 and 12.

Music I (Preliminary and HSC course)

Students who choose this option need no prerequisite, however due to the academic rigour at Reddam House, it is strongly recommended that students taking this option have experience as performers on at least one instrument or voice.
It is suitable for students with diverse musical backgrounds, both formal and informal, including those with an interest in popular music.
It is delivered at the rate of eight 55-minute periods every fortnight. Students are also required to study a musical instrument and perform in an ensemble.

Music II (Preliminary and HSC course)

Students who choose Music II must have completed the Years 7–10 Mandatory and Additional Study courses.
Focusing on Western Art music, it is suitable for students with a formal background in music, and requires a high level of music literacy, advanced performance skills (around AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent at entry to Year 11), and an aptitude for composition and musicology.
In addition to eight 55-minute periods every fortnight, students must also study an instrument and perform in an ensemble.

Music Extension (HSC course)

This unit is an extension for those enrolled in the Music II course. An extra period is timetabled each week and students are required to research their repertoire and expand their understanding of what it is to be a performer in these styles through their presentation of a viva and assembly of a portfolio of work
In the HSC exam, they are required to complete 3 extra performance works for external examination, including a chamber ensemble performance.

Further information about our academic music programme may be addressed to the Head of Music (Academic), at Courtaney.Wood@reddamhouse.com.au.