Learn to play


The Beginner Band is a fun and affordable way to learn an instrument in a group setting.

In March each year, we start our Beginner Band, which is the first stage of our Development Program. The program is open to adults and young people alike, aged 11 years and above (or commencing Grade 5 at the start of the school year), who wish to learn to read music and play a wind or percussion instrument.

You don’t need to own an instrument to participate in the Beginner Band as we have instruments available for you to try. Read more about instruments for hire.

Program structure
The year commences with a weekend workshop in March, followed by weekly two-hour rehearsals during the school year.

At the weekend workshop in March, tutors from the Clarence City Band will instruct you on how to hold, care for, and produce sound from your instrument. You will also be introduced to reading music and playing in a band setting.

We use Tradition of Excellence books to teach music theory, music history, ear training, listening, and composition through a performance-based approach.

We offer a 6-week period where you can participate for free. After six weeks, we ask you to become a member and, if using one of our instruments, pay for instrument hire.

Register your details
In 2021, the Beginner Band rehearses on Wednesdays, 5-7pm. If you are interested in joining or want to find out more about the Beginner Band, please fill out and submit this form.