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Instrumental Music Program

Music is an integral part of cultural life at St Patrick’s College Townsville and all students participate in music-making through singing together at masses, liturgies and assemblies. The College offers a wide range of music and ensemble programs to suit students' interests.

Instrumental Music Program Lessons:

Tutors visit the College up to twice a week. Students receive 12 guaranteed lessons per semester. Additional lessons are at the discretion of the tutor and are largely dependent on compulsory College events (eg. exams, College celebrations or masses), student free days or public holidays.

Students receive one 30 minute lesson each week on a rotational basis. Lessons before or after school are available at the teacher’s discretion (with senior students given preference) where possible to avoid loss of class time.

Instruments currently offered are:
  • Voice with Rachel Cairns
  • Piano with Jenny Hall
  • Strings (Cello, Violin, Viola) 
  • Woodwind (Flute) with Megan Donnelly
  • Woodwind (Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone) with Dr Mark Smith
  • Brass (Trumpet, Cornett, Trombone) with Dr Mark Smith
  • Guitar and Bass Guitar with Jarrah Jones
  • Percussion with Paul Nielson


Group (2 students): $400 per Semester

Individual tuition: $580 per Semester

Every effort will be made to accommodate group lesson requests; however, group lessons are only available if there are sufficient numbers.

Some instruments are available to rent through the school. Please indicate on the enrolment form if you require a hired instrument and staff can assist you as needed.


It is the student’s responsibility to attend lessons on time and with the necessary equipment. 

If a student is unable to attend a lesson, written notification is required the week preceding the lesson (for planned absences), or through phoning the school and asking tutors to be informed (in the case of illness). In some instances, make up lessons may be possible, however, lessons missed without notice will not be made up by tutors.


Students have many opportunities to perform with their instrument, including music evenings at the College, annual celebrations, the Townsville Eisteddfod, College and community functions. Students will receive a report of their individual progress through the academic report or from their music tutor. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Music Coordinator at


Please CLICK HERE to register your application. Upon submission of this application form you will receive a letter of offer and an information package regarding lessons times and instrument care. Please be aware that some Instruments have limited spaces available and your daughter may be placed on a waiting list. We look forward to developing your daughter's skills through a love of music.

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St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810
College Administration:
T (61) 4753 0300
F (61) 4753 0336
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College Absence Line:
(61) 47530377

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Acknowledgement of Country: We give thanks and respectfully acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Custodians of this beautiful country whose land our College shares. We recognise their ongoing deep spiritual connection to this Country, and the care they gave for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the Bindal people as the neighbouring Custodians of their Country. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.