Richard Gill OAM, who has championed quality Music Education in all Schools for every child, sums it up beautifully: “Music can be a potent force for good in the life of a child, especially when it is taught properly and sequentially. So why music?

We teach music because it is unique and good. We teach music so that children can make their own music. We teach music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways.”

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato (Classical Greek Philosopher, Mathematician)


At Arden, we are very aware of the power of Music and its impact on our students, our families, our community. We are proud of our history of excellence in Music, it has become an integral part of our culture at Arden, from Pre-School through to Year 12. We aim to aims to foster a love of music in every student as well as develop and extend our more advanced musicians. A significant portion of our school is actively involved in Music in some form, and we are fortunate to enjoy high quality music making across the school.


Students have access and engagement with Music throughout their time at Arden, with a wide range of enriching avenues for involvement. Our whole school Music Department are passionate and dedicated professionals who ‘go the extra mile’ to share experiences and encourage the love of music in every student.


in the Classroom 

Music is part of the education suite of compulsory subjects in our Junior Campus and all the way through to the end of Year 8. A seamless coordinated approach to music education from experienced classroom practitioners.

In classroom Music we aim to develop the whole musician through exploring various instruments and how to play them, unpack a range of styles of music, develop individual and ensemble performance skills, expand and explore the many composition techniques and enhance individual analytical aural abilities.

The Elective Music program, commencing in Year 9 through to Year 12 offers a highly expansive suite of experiences that develops the individual musician. All HSC Music courses are offered, including Music 1, Music 2 & Music Extension. We are especially proud of our musicians who have received the highest HSC Music results been nominated for Encore in performance, musicology or composition over the years.


beyond the Classroom 

Co-curricular Music has an active profile across our school. There are a range of ensembles at both campuses that offer students opportunities to have a strong involvement in music and performance.

We offer an extensive on-site Music Tuition Program to support and develop the skills of our musicians, delivered by a highly skilled team of professionals.

No matter what instrument is played, at Arden we are always looking to offer opportunities to develop and extend our musicians at whatever level they are. We are “small enough to care, big enough to challenge”.

We are very proud to have many alumni over the years inspired to include music as a career choice as a result of the quality of their music education and performances experiences at Arden.