Music tuition information for 2021

By Sara Quelch | Posted: Tuesday February 2, 2021

Please read on to find information regarding signing up for music tuition at Balmacewen Intermediate in 2021.

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

Your child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at school this year. Tuition is provided by experienced tutors, mainly in small groups, during school time. Lessons last for 30 minutes and students are grouped together based on their ability – from beginners through to advanced.

Tuition is available in the following instruments:

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Violin, Cello, Trumpet,

Trombone, Guitar, Kit Drumming, Keyboard, Piano, Electric Guitar,

Electric Bass, and Ultimate Music Theory.


Students who have been learning an instrument for at least two terms (at school or elsewhere) are encouraged to join our school orchestra at no cost. This and other music groups will be advertised in the daily notices soon.


Students wishing to be part of the rockband program will need to sign up and audition in the coming weeks. There will be some cost associated with this program to support the hiring of tutors. More information available soon.

Instrument hire:

Instruments need to be provided for lessons (except keyboards, pianos and drum kits). The school has a small number of guitars and violins for hire at a cost of $50 for the year. Please do not pay any hire money or lesson fees to the school office yet – you will be invoiced later this term. Begg’s Musicworks has been a useful place for students to hire other instruments from in the past.


This year lessons are being taught by a variety of providers who have different fee structures depending on group size and instrument. Please do not pay any lesson fees yet, invoices will be sent home once lessons are underway. Piano, Keyboard, Drumming, Theory, Guitar, and Bass Guitar invoices will be sent home via their itinerant music tutor, all other lessons will be invoiced by school for the full year fee. If you wish to pay this term by term please contact the school office to make the appropriate arrangements. Failure to pay fees when they are due will result in your child being unable to continue lessons. Signing up for lessons is a commitment for the year, as we employ the tutors based on our enrolments, it is important that students commit for the year. Part or full fees may still need to be paid if a student is unable to continue for the year.

Providers and Music Lesson Fees are as follows:

QHS Itinerant Music Teachers (small group) $60 per term

Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone

Modern School of Music

Keyboard, Guitar (group lessons) $60 per term

Piano (group of 2) $90 per term

Paul McLennan-Kissel (group of 4) $75 per term

Kit Drumming

Che Long

Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar (individual only) $25 per lesson

Guitar, Bass Guitar (group of 2) $15 per lesson

Dianne’s Music Room

Ultimate Music Theory (group of 4) $60 per term

Piano (individual only) $22 per lesson

**Trumpet and Trombone lessons are also available through Allbrass. This is a private arrangement between parents and the Allbrass teachers and not organised through school. Please contact if you wish to learn through this provider instead of filling out the google form.

Please complete the following google form with your child to sign up for lessons

By completing the form, you are agreeing to:

  • Your child attending weekly lessons during school time

  • Pay the fees associated with the lessons

  • Your child committing to attending lessons for the whole year

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school, either via email or leaving a message at the school office, if you wish to discuss this further. Forms need to be completed by Wednesday February 10th. Music lessons for most instruments will start the following week.

Kind regards,

Johanna Brusse