Music Program

Applecross Senior High School allows students to take their instrumental studies to the next level.  Our program encourages students to enjoy making music through engaging fully in the practical and theoretical aspects of this subject.  Our values include: creativity, cooperation, commitment, innovation and personal best.

The program is a three-part package, which consists of:

•             Class Music elective

•             Instrumental lessons

•             Ensemble membership

An important definition:  Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) is the Department of Education’s instrumental lesson program available in most government schools throughout Western Australia. You may know of it as ‘SIM’ or ‘SIMS’.

Eligibility for the Music Program

There are three ways to be eligible for Music at Applecross Senior High School:

•             Continue your IMSS instrument from your previous (government) school

•             Continue a private instrument tuition

•             For Year 7 only, participate in the IMSS Beginner Instrument Program

How to Enrol in the Music Program

The Subject Request Form found in the Enrolment Pack has a Music section that must be completed to ensure your child is allocated the Class Music elective on their timetable. If you have not received this, please contact the school for a copy.

Please Note: Music is not a way to gain entry into Applecross Senior High School.  

Class Music

Lower School: Class Music is an integral and compulsory component of each student’s musical training from Years 7-10. Throughout lower school, students develop skills in listening awareness and music theory. They also express themselves through composition and arrangement activities, as well as gaining an understanding of what makes us listen to and enjoy music of different eras, cultures and styles. Practical music-making activities are integral to all music courses.

Upper School:  We offer the Music General course, which allows us the flexibility to meet a wide range of needs and interests, including those seeking a pathway to tertiary studies in music. The endorsed unit Instrumental and Ensemble Music (PIMS) is also offered.

For a description of these electives, please view the appropriate Subject Selection Handbook available at:

Instrumental & Ensemble Music

High quality in music making in a wide variety of styles is a priority at Applecross Senior High School. Our music program involves over 200 students each year being taught by 11 staff from Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) teaching most of the instruments available in the WA Government School system.

     The school has eight ensembles:

  •      Concert Band 1 & Concert Band 2
  •      Junior & Senior Guitar Ensembles
  •      Cygnet & Scimitar String Orchestra
  •      Choir
  •      Jazz Band

There are a variety of performing opportunities throughout the year which are a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their skills to family and the wider school community in a professional environment.

As well as concerts the Music Department regularly enters ensembles into the following festivals;

  • WA Schools’ Concert Band Festival
  • WA Schools’ Orchestra Festival
  • WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival
  • WA Government Secondary Schools Choral Festival
  • Solo Vocal Festival
  • WA Schools’ Jazz Festival
  • Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival

Our ensembles consistently achieve high results in these festivals, due to the professionalism of our conducting staff and the hard work undertaken by the students.


For further information, please contact the Head of Music:

Mr Tim Stapleton
Phone: (08) 9314 9393