Do you love music? Would you like to learn to sing or play an instrument like your favourite musicians? Charles La Trobe P -12 College offers private tuition with specialist teachers for Year 4 to Year 12 students.


Charles La Trobe College provides quality instrumental music instruction for students. Specialist teachers provide weekly 30-minute individual/small group lessons during school time (8 lessons per term). Lesson times are rotated weekly to ensure minimal absence from any one class.

Our staff are highly experienced musicians and specialist teachers who are actively working in the industry. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive and enriching music program, which promotes musicianship, confidence and expression through supporting and mentoring students with a passion for music.

The Instrumental Music Staff: 

  • Tass Minas – Guitar/Bass Guitar
  • Raphael Hammond – Piano/Keyboard/Trumpet/Trombone
  • Lillian Albazi – Voice/Piano
  • Mark Voogd – Drum-kit/Percussion
  • Ben Carter – Woodwind


The College holds two official yearly concerts, with many other performance opportunities available to students including assemblies, school events and involvement in school bands/ensembles.


The College is proud to provide quality music lessons to students for an extremely low cost of only $100 for the entire year of tuition (32 lessons). This fee covers tutoring, photocopying and minor repairs to instruments. A deposit of $25 is required before the commencement of lessons, with full payment required by the 5th lesson.

Instrument Hire

We also offer instrument hire at $20 per year. All percussion students will be provided with complimentary drumsticks. Please speak to your relevant teacher if you wish to hire an instrument.


Teachers will provide students with a timetable at the start of term, which will also be available for online viewing within Compass. It is the students’ responsibility to check the music timetable regularly, and attend the music class on time. We recommend arriving a few minutes prior. If you are unsure how to access your timetable, ask your music teacher for help. Primary students will be picked up from their classroom.


Your music lessons are an extra class that you attend in addition your regular classes. The roll will be marked in the same way, and absences will be recorded on Compass.

From time to time, you may have an exam, an excursion or be absent from school. In these cases – you must let your teacher know the week before where possible. The earlier you do this, the more chance there is that we can reschedule your lesson.


Undertaking regular home practice is essential for maximum development and is expected of students. Just like any other skill, the more students practice, the more they will improve – and enjoy the classes.


In addition to the mid and end of year concerts teachers may offer students the opportunity to perform at one of our other events at the College, such as: ‘School of Rock’, Open Days, Lunchtime performances, Band performances, Assemblies or Celebration evening. Students who choose to take part of one of these events, must attend the required lunchtime rehearsals.


Just like any other class, you are expected to bring the appropriate required materials to every lesson.

  • VOICE: Display folder to keep your lyrics/sheet music, Pencil/pen, USB drive.
  • PIANO:A display folder to keep your music, and a pencil/pen.
  • DRUMS:Drumsticks – Available for purchase through the school
  • GUITAR:Display folder, USB Stick, Pencil/Pen
  • SAXOPHONE/CLARINET:Instrument Hire Available through school, Pencil/Pen.

Terms and Conditions for Instrumental Music Program

  • Assessment: Student’s work will be subject to report and assessment like their classroom subjects.
  • Timetable: One lesson per week is given during school hours with students being withdrawn from their classroom subject at a time which rotates weekly throughout the term to ensure that the student is not taken out of the same classroom subject each week.
  • Commitment: Each student must practice regularly and consistently. Full parental support is required so that students have an encouraging home environment to support what they are learning at school.
  • Ensenmble Participation: Students are expected to participate in regular ensemble rehearsals and performances throughout the year.
  • Concert Participation: All Instrumental students are expected to participate in two school based Instrumental Music Concerts.
  • Payment: Payment of charges and hire fees (if applicable) must be made prior to the lesson or by a due date, or lessons will cease.

Terms and Conditions for Instrument Hire Program

  • Responsibility: The student assumes full responsibility for the care and proper use of the instrument during the hiring period. Any damage caused by negligence, misuse, or unauthorized alterations will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Condition of Instrument: The instrument is provided in good working condition at the beginning of the hire period. It is the student’s responsibility to promptly report any pre-existing damage or issues to the school.
  • Care and Maintenance: The student is responsible for maintaining the instrument in the condition in which it was received. Regular cleaning and appropriate storage are essential to prevent damage.
  • Return: The instrument must be returned in the same condition it was received.
  • Loss or Theft: The student is responsible for the instrument’s safety and security.
  • Payment: The agreed-upon hire fee must be paid by the specified due date. Failure to make payment may result in the termination of the hire agreement.
  • Termination: The school reserves the right to terminate the hire agreement if the instrument is misused, neglected, or if the student fails to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined.
  • Liability: The school shall not be liable for any injury, harm, or damage resulting from the use of the instrument during the hire period.

Information and Enrolment Form

Please complete the online enrolment form.

A hard copy is available at the Primary or Secondary Office.

For more information contact the college.