Bringing our community together through music


Music is an important element in the lifeblood of our school community

It provides a positive, powerful way to bring our community together and reflects our creative, collaborative approach to learning.

NBCS is known for its strong music foundation and pioneering practice. Our music lessons function more like a music studio, rather than a traditional, didactic teaching style. Students are empowered to pursue their own musical preferences and passions, participating in and taking ownership of the whole music process- from learning an instrument, to writing music, performing and production.

We take a holistic approach to our Music program- bringing together learning within class time and opportunities within our various bands and ensembles.

Concert bands and ensembles

There are many pathways to developing a passion and ability in music:

Wind Orchestra

The Wind Orchestra is the school’s premier concert band, and is for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players in Secondary, and from AMEB Grade 4 equivalent upwards.

Concert Band

The Concert Band is for students in Years 3 and above, with at least one year’s experience playing a concert band instrument, and up to AMEB Grade 3 equivalent.

Training Band

The Training Band is for students from Year 3 upwards with little or no prior experience. The Training Band introduces students to performing as an ensemble and gaining confidence in playing an instrument.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is invitation only and comprises a small group of musicians exploring jazz as a predominant form of improvised contemporary music.

String Ensembles

The String Ensembles include violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Vocal Ensembles

We have a range of Vocal Ensembles are for Primary and Secondary students who love to be part of a fun and dynamic singing group. Students will get the opportunity to sing a variety of music styles in an ensemble setting.

Other Ensembles

The Guitar Ensemble is for students in Years 3-6 wanting to play in a small group setting, focusing on melody, harmony and rhythm in guitar arrangements. We also have percussion and woodwind ensembles.

Rock Bands

Rock Bands in both Primary and Secondary are contemporary ensembles available to proficient performers on electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drum kit, and rock vocals.

Performance Opportunities

Students may participate as performers, technicians, costume designers, choreographers, or musicians. Through their experience in Performing Arts at NBCS, many students have been accepted into highly competitive performing arts courses in universities across Australia, and gone on to work professionally in the entertainment industry.

School Events and Recital Nights

Bands and ensembles regularly perform at school events, school assemblies and recital nights. They also give casual performances at NBCS, during lunch breaks.

Competitions, Eisteddfods & Public Venues

Bands and ensembles may also have the opportunity to perform off-site, and to take part in local eisteddfods and competitions, including the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and other public venues.

Band Camps, Tours and Workshop Days

Band Camps Tours and Workshop Days are focused opportunities for the Wind Orchestra, Concert Band and Training Band, and some of the other ensembles to work on their musicianship, and are organised based on level of skill.


At NBCS, we have established a proud tradition of producing professional-quality shows in our state-of-the-art performance space, the Marina Prior Centre. Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in a fully produced Broadway Musical, under the guidance of an industry professional actor and choreographer, and an outstanding and experienced creative team.

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