At Catherine McAuley College we recognise that learning to play a musical instrument is a valuable activity in any student's development. Aside from the pleasure of playing, extensive research shows it is beneficial in the areas of reasoning ability, problem-solving skills, mathematics and language, memory capacity, self-confidence and self-discipline, and social and teamwork skills.
The Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre at Coolock provides contemporary specialist facilities for music, fostering creativity and increased participation in the arts.
The College provides a high-quality instrumental music program, accessible to all families. Every Year 7 student begins their studies in music with an intensive practical program including learning an instrument and participating in class ensembles.
Learning an instrument beyond Year 7 is a co-curricular activity, providing small-group tuition and large ensemble experiences. Instruments include saxophone, percussion, trumpet, flute, euphonium, guitar, trombone, clarinet, piano and voice. Student’s have a range of opportunities to showcase and develop their musical talents through instrumental ensembles, Stage and Concert Bands, Choirs and Rock Bands.
Student musicians, rock bands, instrumental ensembles and choirs perform in concerts, masses, celebrations and the broader community. Our students are also invited to perform in events such as the annual Winter Concert and Musician of the Year, both of which are held in our 300-seat theatre at our St Mary’s campus.