Music Programs


Music Curriculum

The music curriculum is multi-faceted, catering for a diverse range of interests and abilities. The Music Advanced program offers students, who already play an instrument or sing, the opportunity to continue developing their skills in performance and musicianship. Entry to Music Advanced is by application and audition. For students without prior experience but with an interest in music, the Music Experience course is an excellent choice. This course allows students to engage in learning basic skills on rhythm section instruments and develop skills in music appreciation. The third curriculum area is Music Media. This is for students who are passionate about music technologies and who may not have skills on a musical instrument. This course involves the use of technology to create and manipulate sound and can also involve recording and music production.






Co-Curricular Music Ensembles

Currently the Cardijn College Music Department offers six co-curricular ensembles that students can participate in: Our Senior Ensembles, Cardinal Blues (Senior Jazz Combo) and Vocal Jazz (Senior Jazz Vocal), both which require previous Cardijn College Ensemble experience and an audition for entry. Our open access ensembles require only that students commit to the weekly afterschool rehearsals and that, where needed, the students acquire the skills to participate. These ensembles are Big Band, Chorale, String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble. There are plans to extend the ensemble program to include a Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.
The ensemble program is designed to complement the instrumental program and give students learning an instrument at Cardijn College a chance to play their chosen instrument in a group setting.

For more information on this contact Mr David Gauci, Co-curricular Music Coordinator, at




Instrumental Music Program

The instrumental program is designed to support both the Ensemble Program at the college as well as those students participating in Advanced Music who wish to increase their knowledge and skill on their chosen instrument or wish to pick up a second instrument. It also supports those students who are part of the music experience/media/technology courses who wish to learn an instrument. Of course students outside of the program are also welcome to learn.
At Cardijn College we have a number of quality instrumental teachers, who are experts on their instruments.  Instrumental lessons are conducted weekly during school hours and generally run for half an hour.  (Lesson length and frequency can be negotiated by direct contact with the Instrumental teacher.)  Instrumental teachers provide a minimum of 16 lessons a semester. Reports are furnished at the end of each term to indicate your child’s progress.

Instruments currently taught at Cardijn include:

  • Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
  • Strings: Violin, Viola & Cello
  • Guitar: Acoustic, Electric & Bass
  • Percussion: Drums & Mallet Instruments
  • Piano: Classical, Jazz & Contemporary
  • Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba & French Horn
  • Voice: Jazz, Classical, Music Theatre & Contemporary

For more information on this contact Mr David Gauci, Co-curricular Music Coordinator, at


Other Opportunities

Cardijn College also offers additional opportunities for students interested in other areas of music and sound. Cardijn has a connection with Arch D Radio and students are able to engage in this program as radio hosts, music producers, music programmers, sports reporters and more. The radio shows are produced and aired on Life FM. This opportunity is open to students in all year levels and there is no prior knowledge required.
Cardijn College also offers music students opportunities to perform in the wider community through many local community events. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Catholic Schools Music Festival where successful acts perform at the Festival Theatre. There are also a number of opportunities through the Onkaparinga Council that can lead to workshop and performance opportunities in the wider community.