Instrumental Music Program

The Instrumental Music Program at Cheltenham Secondary College is a vibrant, engaging and extensive program covering all technical aspects of Classical, Jazz and Popular music, from the beginner through to the advanced student. The curriculum consists of an elaborate collection of resources in music theory, repertoire, performance, composition and the opportunity to record in the studio. 

The several Concert bands, Ensembles, Choir and Solo performers have the opportunity to experience live performances at recitals, concerts, assemblies, lunchtime open mic sessions, as well as community events including music festivals, exchange programs, camps and local school fetes.

The music program consists of:

  • Comprehensive classroom lessons catering for students from Year 7 all the way through to VCE Music Performance.
  • A busy performance calendar with a diverse schedule of events ranging from intimate soirees to blistering rock concerts.
  • Private tuition in the following:
trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, French horn
flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
guitar, bass guitar
drums/percussion, piano, voice, songwriting and production*

To express interest in your student joining the 2024 Instrumental Music Program at Cheltenham Secondary College, please complete the expression of interest form

For more information please contact the College on 9555 5955 or email


Songwriting and Production

In the Music Department at Cheltenham Secondary College, we boast extensive expertise in songwriting, recording, production, mixing (both live and in the studio), sound engineering, releasing music, as well as organising and promoting gigs. While our department excels in delivering exceptional instrumental lessons, we aspire to provide a multi-faceted music industry class that cultivates the diverse skills essential in today’s ever-evolving music industry.

Our Songwriting and Production course through the Instrumental Music Program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in various aspects of music creation and promotion. Focusing on developing skills in songwriting, recording, production, mixing, sound engineering, releasing music, organising a single launch, and writing a media release.


1. Introduction to Music Production

  • Overview of the music production process
  • Understanding the role of a producer in the studio
  • Introduction to digital audio workstations (DAWs)

2. Songwriting Techniques

  • Exploring different song structures and genres
  • Lyric writing and storytelling in music
  • Collaboration and group songwriting exercises

3. Recording and Studio Etiquette

  • Basics of studio equipment and setup
  • Techniques for recording vocals and instruments
  • Understanding the importance of studio etiquette

4. Music Production and Mixing

  • Introduction to music arrangement 
  • Hands-on experience with mixing software
  • Applying effects and mastering basics

5. Sound Engineering

  • Understanding sound waves and frequencies
  • Techniques for capturing high-quality sound
  • Troubleshooting common recording and mixing issues

6. Releasing Music

  • Overview of the music distribution process 
  • Choosing the right platforms for release 
  • Creating engaging album art and promotional material

7. Organising a Single Launch

  • Planning and logistics for a single launch event 
  • Marketing and promoting the launch 
  • Creating a memorable live performance

8. Media Release Writing

  • Crafting an effective media release 
  • Building a press kit 
  • Understanding the role of public relations in the music industry

Songwriting and Production will:

  • Develop practical skills and knowledge in music production and promotion 
  • Encourage collaboration and teamwork 
  • Provide insights into the music industry from professionals
  • Boost creativity and self-expression
  • Prepare students for potential career opportunities in the music industry.

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