Instrumental Music Program 2021

Stanmore Public School Instrumental Music Program
  • Students in K-6 in 2021 can join the String Ensembles run by Freya Schack-Arnott.
  • Students in 3-6 in 2021 can join the School Band run by The Music Partnership.

Please contact Freya Schack-Arnott (Strings) or The Music Partnership (Band) directly for any enquiries including information about private tuition.

Download the leaflets:

Join the band in 2021!

Learn to play an instrument in 2021 and join the Stanmore Public School band program!

Why should your child learn an instrument?

Learning a musical instrument not only sustains and feeds the brain, but it also improves so many other cognitive and physical aspects of the human body!

Playing an instrument is great for your memory, it’s a way to meet new friends and it’s fun!

The instruments your child can play in band are:

FluteClarinetOboeSaxophoneTrumpetFrench HornTromboneBaritone HornBass GuitarDrums and Keybo​ard.

Rehearsal Times

Training band: Wednesday morning 7.45am-8.45am 
Senior band: Thursday morning 7.45am-8.45am

Band Fees

$15 + GST per weekly session

Private Music Lessons

Private lessons run Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on school grounds.

  • Woodwind and Brass lessons open to years 2-6 (2021)
  • Guitar, Drum lesson open to years 1-6 (2021)
  • Piano lessons open to Kindy-6 (2021)


$40 + GST per ½ hour (individual lesson)
$26.66 + GST per ½ hour (paired lesson)

Instrument Hire

We can organise instrument hire for you! Please visit our sister company Presto Instruments to rent your instrument.

Instrument Demonstration

Click here to view all the instruments being played and also a full concert band performance. 

For more information visit the Stanmore Public School band program schools page on our website. Click here

Or send us an email!

2021 String ensembles – Enrol now!

  • Junior strings (k-3)
  • Intermediate strings (3-5)
  • Senior strings (4-6)


Freya Schack-Arnott
Stanmore Public School Strings co-ordinator and conductor

Junior Strings

Junior Strings is offered to all beginner string players from K-4 wishing to start out on a string instrument, whether it be violin, viola, cello or double-bass. This ensemble will introduce the kids to basic ensemble skills whilst gaining instruction to beginner instrumental techniques.

Intermediate Strings

Junior Strings is offered to all intermediate level string players from 2-6 who have been playing violin, cello, viola or double-bass and demonstrate a sound knowledge of scales and an advanced development of intonation.

Students in this ensemble should be playing at approximately grade 1 AMEB standard or higher and expected to play major scales such as D, A and G.

Senior Strings

Senior Strings is offered to the most skilled players in Years 4-6 who already have a sound knowledge of violin, cello, viola or double bass. This ensemble performs at the Festival of Instrumental Music at the Sydney Opera House each year. This is a big commitment and requires students to learn and perform their significant pieces from memory. For this ensemble, entry is by audition.


String ensembles: $15 a week
Private string and piano lessons: $44 per half hour
Invoices will be paid per semester.

Hiring String Instruments

North Shore String
Contact: Doug Cotteril, 0412 452 764

Sydney Strings Centre

Apply for a Creative Kids Voucher

The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the new Creative Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

To use the voucher, give the details to your registered activity provider.

The program runs year-round, so kids can get creative at any time.


  1. I am trying to register my daughter for viola. Cant find the option. When I go to sydney string website for e.mail query it says page not found.

    Please let me know how to register for viola classes.

    • Hi Christina, the school’s music program is run by third party providers. If you contact The Music Partnership using the links in the article above they should be able to provide you with the information you need.

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