Welcome to the Highgate School Instrumental Music Program.

For DECD String tuition (violin, viola and cello) please complete the String Application for Tuition form (both pages) and for all other tuition given by private providers (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, singing, guitar, piano and drums) please complete the Application for Tuition form.

Instrumental Tuition application forms

Instrumental Music Administrator: Lisa Johnson       Phone: (08) 8271 9622

Highgate School offers a diverse Instrumental Music Program where students in Year 1 through to year 7 have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments and participate in a number of different music groups.

In 2018 there continues to be a record number of enrolments in most instruments. Some instruments, and their current teachers, include:

DECD Violin/Viola/String Orchestra Anne Rodda
DECD Cello Lisi McGowran
Piano Rhonda Parker, Sally Teng, Liz Pearce, Emilio Pieroni, Alyssa Bird
Drum Kit Chris Neale
Clarinet and Saxophone Emile Ryjoch
Trumpet and Trombone Benn Blake
Flute Michelle Maddaford
Classical Guitar Emilio Pieroni
Modern Guitar Jason Slack, Tzaneto Nikolakopoulos
Voice Stephania Gates
Double Bass David Schilling
Highgate Band Lisa Johnson

Most of the instrumental teachers are private providers and invoice families directly, not through the school. Highgate School also offers tuition for violin, viola and cello for students in years 3 – 7 by DECD teachers free of charge.

The Instrumental Music Program is provided to the students at Highgate School within school hours. To minimize class disruptions, students are permitted to learn only one instrument during class time. Lessons are usually conducted individually or in small groups, and avoid clashes with specialist learning areas such as Chinese, ICT, Music and P.E.

Highgate School owns a small number of musical instruments that are available for hire if needed.

The ultimate goal of students who learn an ensemble or band instrument is that they participate in one of the school ensembles, eg. the Highgate Concert Band or the String Orchestra. The ensembles are also open to those students who learn an instrument out of school hours.

For more information on fees, instrument hire, school ensembles, tuition etc contact Instrumental Music Administrator Lisa Johnson on 8271 9622, or by email to

For more information on extra curricular activities download the following: