Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music Coordinator

Kate McAlister (Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri)

For enquires regarding the Lilydale High School Instrumental Music program, please email the individual Instrumental teachers of band/ensemble directors on their working days listed, or contact the school on 9735 5644.  Please allow a 48 hour response time for emails.

Instrumental Music Staff

DEECD Instrumental Lessons


Kate McAlister (Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri)


Kent Fisk (Thurs)


Bronwyn Ventura (Thurs & Fri)

Percussion (Drum Kit)

Malcolm Abbott (Fri)


Private Instrumental Lessons

Guitar & Bass Guitar

Stephen McCulloch –


Selene Messinis –


Band/Ensemble and Instrumental Music Program

From Years 7 through to Year 12 students at Lilydale High School have the opportunity to enhance their musical abilities through lessons, ensembles, workshops and excursions. Our band and Instrumental Music Program, in conjunction with our classroom music curriculum, provides students with a range of opportunities to grow and develop as musicians.

As part of lessons, students are required to be a part of the Instrumental music bands and ensembles. Lilydale High School offers the following:

Rookie Band 

Friday Lunch – Year 7 Concert Band

(Kate McAlister –

LHS Band 

Thursday Lunch – Years 8, 9, 10 & 11 Concert Band

(Bronwyn Ventura – & Kent Fisk –

Funk Band 

Tuesday Lunch – Year 9 to VCE Funk/Soul Band

(Amy Cumming –

Vocal Ensemble

Wednesday Lunch – Years 7 to VCE Voice students


Rookie Guitar Ensemble 

Monday Lunch Fortnightly – Years 7 to 9 Guitar students

(Stephen McCulloch –

Hendrix Guitar Ensemble

Monday Lunch Fortnightly – Years 9 to VCE Guitar students

(Stephen McCulloch –

Percussion Ensemble

Years 9 to VCE Percussion students

(Malcolm Abbott –

All of our ensembles rehearse during lunchtimes and have various opportunities to perform throughout the year at school community events, Mid-Year and Annual Year concerts, the September Soiree, and as part of the School Production and throughout many other occasions.

Rehearsals for each band and ensemble are compulsory for all Instrumental Music students. Students are reminded to check the Compass news feed, and PAC noticeboard for notices regarding weekly rehearsals.  All rehearsals take place in the PAC Band room (unless otherwise noted), weekly at lunchtime.


Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are offered in Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Voice, Guitar and Bass Guitar.

All of our instrumental lessons operate on a rotating timetable so that students do not miss the same subject twice in a row. Students enrolled in lessons are expected to bring all required materials and their instrument to every lesson and to regularly check the PAC notice board, and Compass for any notices that may apply to them.

Lilydale High School offers tuition in two streamsDepartment and Private Tuition.

Department Tuition

  • Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba
  • Woodwind – Saxophone & Clarinet
  • Percussion – Drum Kit and Tuned Percussion
  • Flute

Instrument Hire

The school has a limited supply of instruments* that are available to students enrolled in department tuition.  Hire of an instrument can be through the school. Please have your child receive a hire notice from their instrumental teacher.

All instrument hire is for the school year (Terms 1 – 4) at a cost of $150.

Our Summer Hire option is available to students who re-enrol in which two payments ($75 Term 4 and $75 in Term 1) are made to the school.

Instruments available for hire are Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone.  *No hire is available for Drum Kit.

Private Tuition

  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Piano
  • Voice

In addition to our Department of Education funded teachers, the school offers private tuition.  These instrument lessons require prompt payment directly to the instrumental teacher.

Please email the private tuition teachers for lesson pricing.

Guitar & Bass Guitar

Stephen McCulloch (Mon & Tues)


Selene Messinis (Mon, Tues & Wed)


Instrumental Music Forms


Classroom Music Program

Our Band and Instrumental Music Program is coupled with our Classroom Music curriculum to provide students with the broadest possible range of musical skills, knowledge and opportunities.

Music is offered as a subject at Lilydale High School from Years 7 through to VCE and our teaching staff are dedicated to passing on their own passion for music to their students, ensuring that students not only succeed academically in the subject but develop as performers and appreciators of music.

The Classroom Music curriculum, in conjunction with the Band and Instrumental Music Program, gives students the fundamental knowledge, skill base and performance experience they need to become confident and proficient musicians.

Important Instrumental Music Events

  • Mid Year Concert (Term 2)
  • End of Year Concert (Term 4)