Music holds a special place in the curriculum at Patterson River Secondary College. All students undertake classroom music in Years 7 and 8 and are then able to specialise in elective units at Year 9 and beyond. We offer VCE music at the college as well as the opportunity to enroll in VET Certificate II in music in Year 10.

The instrumental music program provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to study an instrument and be part of the performing program of the College. School events such as the Annual Soiree and Spring Concert, Open Night, Orientation Day and Presentation night, celebrates the talents of the students involved in the instrumental music program and wider school community.


The classroom music program aims to introduce students to a wide range of musical styles and experience. Our focus is on practical skills, getting the students engaged by using their hands and creating music. Years 7 and 8 will see the students explore music and culture whilst learning recorder, keyboard, ukulele and guitar. Years 9 and 10 provides the opportunity for students to fine tune these skills in elective units such as beginner or advanced keyboard or guitar, whilst our Active Music unit will train students to use technology to create studio recordings and devise original compositions. At Year 10 we also offer select entry into our VET music course, in which, students will study for and receive a Certificate II in Music. This is a nationally recognised qualification, offered through our training partner, Collarts.

At the college, we believe studying music does make a difference. Various studies have shown studying music can lead to enhanced:

Reading and literacy skills

Spatial-temporal reasoning

Mathematical abilities – Even children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder benefit in mathematics tests from listening to music beforehand.

Emotional intelligence

Memory Performance

Attention and Concentration span

Body Movement Coordination


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