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Level: 9
School code: 9MUA & 9MUB
Year level requirements: Non compulsory


  • Successful completion of Year 8 Music
  • Must play an instrument
  • Must hire ($57 per term) or have their own instrument
  • It is necessary that students be able to read music notation
  • Must be receiving instrumental lessons on a weekly basis

Subject descriptor:

Music at Year 9 is a full year subject therefore students must select both 9MUA & 9MUB.

The Music course is ensemble based; therefore all students taking Music in Year 9 MUST be learning an instrument with a teacher. This can be done privately or through Instrumental Music (IM). Year 9 students may begin learning an instrument or they may have been playing in previous years.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music is an integral component of the Modbury High School Music program. The Instrumental Music program provides 1⁄2 hour, weekly lessons to small groups of student (approx. 5) on their specific instrument. Tuition is provided on a wide range of instruments by members of Instrumental Music Service and private specialists. The Instrumental lessons are on a rotating timetable so students don’t miss out on the same lesson each week. It is the student’s responsibility to catch up work missed and homework set when attending instrumental lessons.

These lessons have no cost to the student but you are required to have your own individual instrument to play and practice. These can be purchased from music stores or hired through music stores or hired through the school.
MHS does not hire guitars, drum kits or keyboards. You would be expected to purchase your own. To achieve balanced ensembles and maximum involvement, we recommend and encourage students to select one of the wind/brass instruments.

Instrumental lessons are available on Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Bass Guitar and Classical Guitar (for continuing students only).

There are limited positions in the program in the following instruments: Percussion (Drums), Piano, Bass Guitar and Electric Guitar. Students wishing to study these instruments must audition to gain entry on these instruments.

Please note that we do not offer Electric Guitar or piano lessons, so students passing these auditions will need to access private lessons.

Topics Studied

The Music course in Year 9 involves the following areas:

  • Musical literacy
  • Musical arranging
  • Musical analysis
  • Music history
  • Aural Training
  • Practical (50% of lessons) – students bring their own instruments to class for ensemble work

Special requirements:

Costs may be incurred for loss or damage to hired instruments.

Further information

Membership of one of the school’s performance ensembles is essential for those who have reached the appropriate standard on the instrument.

Students must choose one Semester of The Arts (Music, Art, Design) according to ACARA requirements.