Music has proven to affect children's level of self confidence and ability to concentrate as they play and practice music. Students also develop a better understanding of co-operation and team work while working with other children in small group situations. Overall school performance can also be enhanced. But perhaps most importantly, learning an instrument can create a lifelong love affair, not just for music, but for learning new skills and developing one's potential in all areas of life.

Roleystone Community College aims to foster a child's natural enthusiasm and encourages them to enjoy their steady progress in music. Primary classroom music lessons are given by the Specialist Teacher from Years 1 – 8. These combine the key areas of the Arts Curriculum and integrate with other Learning Areas across the school. There is a Senior Choir (Years 6 and 7 students) and a Junior Choir (Year 3). Performances for these groups include local school festivals, assemblies and formal ceremonies (i.e. ANZAC and Remembrance Day services within the Roleystone community and support the Araluen Carols by Torchlight Christmas event to name but a few.

The Department of Education Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS)

Formerly called School of Instrumental Music (SIM), this program is provided by the Department of Education and allows selected students the opportunity to participate in instrumental music lessons throughout their school life.  

At Roleystone Community College, year 4 students are invited to express interest in the program by completing an Expression of Interest form. The selection criteria include: Musical aptitude test, instrument suitability testing and good standing within the school. 

Once shortlisted students will be invited to formally apply for the position. This is a highly competitive selection process so any interested students are encouraged to register interest early and prepare for the selection criteria. You can find out more by visiting the IMSS website

  • Music makes a contribution to kids' development that no other subject can match
  • Music students are more likely to be good citizens
  • Learning music helps under-performing students improve
  • Musical training can enhance brain function
  • Incorporating music learning into other curriculum areas helps kids learn
  • Playing music improves concentration, memory and ability to express feelings

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.”
Jewel – singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist


  • Mrs Jane Slater