Welcome to the Highgate School Instrumental Music Program.

Highgate School offers a diverse Instrumental Music Program where students in Year 3 through to year 6 have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments and participate in a number of different music groups.

String Tuition at Highgate School

The Department for Education provides free string tuition in groups for students in years 3 to 6. The instruments offered at Highgate School are Violin, Viola & Cello.

Please note that due to limited places available in the DfE string program, applications have now closed for 2021.

Private Tuition at Highgate School

Highgate School also offers tuition on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, singing, modern and classical guitar, piano and drums by private providers.

Please note that applications for piano, guitar and drums have now closed for 2021, however, openings for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

Priority will be given to students in years 3 and up. Private lessons incur tuition fees and are half an hour in duration. Most providers offer individual lessons, but some tutors also offer shared tuition.
Tuition fees for 2021 are: $31.00 per private lesson and $19.50 for shared lessons.
Tutors usually invoice families directly at the start of each term.
All tutors have completed the required Department checks and appropriate training to work on site.

Please note that in 2021, instrumental tuition will be impacted by space limitations due to the demolition of Opie House and building works. This could result in limits to student numbers or potential suspension of private instrumental tuition at Highgate until the completion of the replacement building.

Music Administrator: Adriana Tsesmelis    Phone: (08) 8271 9622

Instrumental Teachers:

IM Violin/Viola/String Orchestra Anne Rodda
IM Cello Lisi McGowran
Piano Macarena Zambrano, Georgina Bowden, Geoff Driver
Drum Kit Chris Neale
Clarinet and Saxophone William Branson
Trumpet and Trombone Benn Blake
Flute Michelle Maddaford
Classical Guitar Daniel Lipparelli
Modern Guitar Simon Henderson, Tzaneto Nikolakopoulos
Highgate Band Lisa Johnson

Highgate School owns a small number of musical instruments that are available for hire if needed.

The ultimate goal of students who learn an ensemble or band instrument is that they participate in one of the school ensembles, eg. the Highgate Concert Band or the String Orchestra. The ensembles are also open to those students who learn an instrument out of school hours.

For more information on fees, instrument hire, school ensembles, tuition etc contact Instrumental Music Administrator Adriana Tsesmelis on 8271 9622, or by email to

For more information on extra curricular activities download the following:

Last updated: 03/09/2021