The Special Interest Music Program offers a broad music education, performance opportunities, as well as an intensive study of music. It has an enviable reputation as a centre for outstanding music education, a tradition of excellence and achievement in all endeavours, and a program that is vibrant, innovative and highly regarded nationally and internationally.

Underlying principles of Special Interest Music Centres in Public Schools.

  • To cater for students who demonstrate the strongest motivation and greatest aptitude for development in music.
  • To develop self-confidence and achievement of personal excellence in music, enabling confident participation in music within the school and the wider community.
  • Successful applicants will pursue their music studies until the completion of Stage 2.

Special Music Entry (Special Interest Music)

Entry to this course is through application and successful completion of a practical musicianship test, audition and
interview. Although usual entry is for Year 7s enrolling into Year 8, entry to higher year levels is possible but with musical and academic prerequisites. Special students are passionate and committed to a musical education. SIMC Candidate selection criteria and application forms and the information brochure outline the process for enrolment and entry into this course.

Special Interest Music students receive a scholarship to support private instrumental/vocal tuition and travel grants are available for students meeting specific criteria.

Special Music Curriculum (Years 8 to 10)

In Years 8 to 10, areas of study for Special Music students include Theory, Aural, Composition and Arrangement, Concert Practice, Solo and Ensemble Performance, Choir, Score Reading and Listening, History, Analysis, Early Music, Music Pathways and Music Technology.

Special Music Curriculum (Senior Music)

The Senior Music Program offers students a broad and comprehensive musical education. Four music subjects are
offered as part of Stage 1 and all eight music options are offered in Stage 2 of the SACE. The school provides pathways to music studies at tertiary level.

Orchestral Program

Marryatville High School has four orchestras: School Orchestra, Studio Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the
Junior Orchestra. The School Orchestra has travelled to Japan and Europe, as well as many regional and national tours.

Concert Band

Marryatville High School has a strong band program at junior and senior level. The development of ensemble skills is nurtured through the classroom program in Years 8 to 10, as well as after hours as a co-curricular activity.


Through the Jazz program the Big Bands have had success in local and national competitions, namely the Generations in Jazz National Stage band Awards associated with James Morrison. Big Band One has toured to England, USA and Canada.


As singing is the most important part of a child’s musical development, it is an integral part of the music program at Marryatville High School. Every music student sings in a class choir. Students may also choose to participate in Co-curricular ensembles: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Junior Choir, Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir and the Pops Vocal Ensemble.

Small Ensembles

Our extra curricular ensembles include many smaller groups such as: Double Bass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, Senior and Junior Recorder Ensembles, Senior and Junior Guitar Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Instrumental trios and quartets and other ensembles depending on student needs.

Specialist Areas

Expertise is available in the highly specialised area of Composition. Students may access contemporary music technology through the music computer laboratory and recording studio.

Special Music Expectations

Special music students:
  • are committed to the intensive study of music within the context of a balanced musical education.
  • are committed to the Special Interest Music program from Years 8 to 12.
  • intend studying music to SACE Stage 2 (Year 12).
  • participate in the SIMC’s co-curricular ensembles (lunchtime and/or after school), attend rehearsals and performances outside of school hours. (If a conflict with outside interests arises, the preference must be given to the SIMC.).