The Woodvale Specialist Music Program promotes the development of the whole child through participation in music lessons, ensemble rehearsals, camps, tours and concerts.  


The Woodvale Music student: 

    • Engages with various challenges and projects both within their instrumental and music classes.  
    • Participates in a range of music ensembles – four wind orchestras, two jazz bands, choirs, classical guitar ensembles, a percussion ensemble, smaller instrumental ensembles and a rock band 
    • Develops independence, organisation skills, time management and teamwork skills.  
    • Enhances learning and communication skills, creativity, teamwork, discipline, cultural awareness, respect for others, and self-esteem through personal accomplishment. 


The Department of Education Approved Specialist Music program officially accepts students from beyond Woodvale’s local area. It’s size and performance opportunities makes the program unique in the Northern corridor. Over 250 students access the program, allowing for comprehensive classroom and ensemble opportunities. This provides students placement in ensembles most suited to their abilities.


All 13 ensembles have various performance opportunities throughout the year, both at school and on the road. There is an annual lower school music camp, senior music tour, local school concerts, performances as requested by local groups and organisations, as well as the big Term 3 concert, held at the Perth Concert Hall.

The Woodvale Secondary College Music Program is the starting point of a high school career in music for our students, making them not only confident performers and therefore masters of their anxiety (and nerves), but also excellent team members, demonstrating reliability, leadership, co-operation, flexibility, empathy and problem solving.

Many of our past students are now leaders in their fields, and have commented how their time in the music program cemented their skills for the world post school.

The program is offered to students who wish to study one of the following:


Continuing instruments: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, classical guitar and voice.


Beginner instruments: oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, percussion and voice.


Please be aware that students will only study one instrument as part of the program, but are welcome to study additional instruments outside of the program.


Commitment to the Program

The Music Specialist program at Woodvale Secondary College is an ongoing commitment. Students accepting a place in the Music Specialist Program are expected to continue to study music to the end of Year 10 as a minimum. There is also the option to continue music studies into Year 11 and 12 either through ATAR or Certificate music courses. 


Application Process

Students are selected for the music program based on: 

    • their already acquired performance ability 
    • their singing skills 
    • the delicate balance required to produce high quality ensembles. 

Applications must be submitted in person to the College Front Office. Please ensure you bring all supporting documentation with you.


Postal applications will only be accepted if applicant resides outside of the Perth Metropolitan area in which case certified copies of proof of residency must be submitted.


Please note that no acknowledgement will be sent by the College on receipt of your application.


If you have any queries please contact the Enrolments Officer on 6207 2400 or



Specialist Program Information

Application Documents

Supporting Documents

  • Birth Certificate (photocopy and original) or
    • Passport with date of entry into Australia and Visa documentation, or
    • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • 2022 Semester 1 and 2 reports
  • Music teacher reference sheet (emailed by Music Teacher)
  • Classroom teacher reference sheet (emailed by Year 6  Teacher)

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