Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love. All the world seemed bright and changed.

Instrumental Music Program

Fiona Pugh is our Instrumental Music Teacher, and is a Strings Specialist with over 30 years experience teaching in state and private schools in Melbourne and the South West. Mrs Pugh, who began learning the cello in a regional school in Queensland, is passionate about providing the same opportunity to students at Terang College.
At Terang College, students have the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, cello, double bass, keyboard, recorder or singing. Students learn in small groups and lessons are FREE. Students attend School Band rehearsals. In 2018, the Junior Strings was formed for our enthusiastic string students. 

Instruments can be hired from Dale Cleeves Music in Timor Street, Warrnambool from $20 a month for a violin. Recorders can be purchased for about $10. If parents wish to purchase an instrument, we encourage them to contact Mrs Pugh who will be able to provide further information and assistance. 

Each year, our instrumental music students have the opportunity to participate in local community concerts, our annual instrumental music concert, Terang Gala Night, the Warrnambool Eisteddfod, the Jean Wood Annual Music Awards, Australian Music Examinations Board Exams, the South West Youth Music Festival, as well as playing at local nursing homes at Christmas. In 2018, our instrumental music students went on an excursion to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Children's Concert at the Lighthouse Theatre. 

Students and families are encouraged to attend local music events which are often free or low cost. These events can be followed on Facebook and include the Terang Country Music Festival (March); Robert Burns Festival in Camperdown (May); Concerts at Camperdown Courthouse; Fifteen Minutes of Fame in Crossley (First Friday of the month); Sunday concerts at Warrnambool Art Gallery, The Lighthouse Theatre, COPPAC, Port Fairy's Folk Festival (March), Spring Festival (October) and the Moyneyana Festival (January) and lots more.

Below there are four video links you might like to watch, which explain the benefits of learning a musical instrument for your child and their brain development from prominent Australian music educators, Richard Gill, Anita Collins and Guy Sebastian. Enjoy!

Useful Links

Video: The Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument on the Brain by Anita Collins

TED Talk: What if every child had access to music education from birth? by Anita Collins 

ABC iView 'Don't stop the music'

Fiona Pugh @ Terang College

Terang College 2019 Instrumental Music Program Enrolment Form

  The Value of Music Education
   -Richard Grill . TEDxSydney

Australian Chamber Orchestra Workshop in Warrnambool