Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) is looking for passionate and enthusiastic specialist String, Woodwind and Brass tutors to join our growing Amadeus Music Education Program. Together, through music, they will help students learn numeracy, literacy and emotional skills.

The systemwide Amadeus program is putting 52,000 instruments in the hands of Year 3 to 8 students across SCS’ 150 primary and secondary schools.

Students will receive orchestral instruments and will participate in small group and ensemble music lessons delivered by specialist teachers, and the program will be integrated into the normal school curriculum. 

Jessica Newey

Jessica Newey performing with her band The Usual Suspects. Photo: Supplied


Amadeus pilot school classroom music teacher Jessica Newey can’t wait to see this exciting and comprehensive program delivered across SCS.

“Our students are really excited about receiving their own instrument,” said Ms Newey, from St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre

Affording a music tutor for their child can be a struggle, or even an impossible dream, for some parents.

“Having lessons at school makes it more accessible for students,” Ms Newey said.

“The investment into this program is unheard of – it’s really leading the way in what music education should look like and it’s inspiring.”

Jessica Newey

Jessica Newey from St John Vianney Primary Greenacre. Photo: Supplied


Research shows that music:

  • Boosts brain power
  • Promotes wellbeing
  • Improves language and maths skills, memory and coordination

Ms Newey has seen with her own students the benefits of a classroom music education, including how it builds confidence. 

“Some students who excel in music don’t realise they have that talent – they’re tapping into potential that they didn’t know they had,” Ms Newey observed. 

She said the most rewarding part of her role was “creating a safe space for everyone, where students are comfortable to perform.” 

“I am really excited to be a part of this program and to see what it turns into,” Ms Newey said. 



Sydney Catholic Schools seeks Instrumental Tutors in Strings, Woodwind and Brass for 2023 to:

  • Tutor small groups of 5-7 students
  • Conduct ensemble rehearsals
  • Prepare and support students for performances
  • Teach 1 to 5 days per week
  • Can be currently studying
  • Salaried role – offering superannuation, long service leave, personal leave and paid

A part-time classroom music teacher role is also open in St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Bankstown.


This game changing program will provide 33,000 Sydney Catholic Schools students with classroom music lessons, ensemble lessons and small group tuition and will be led by more than 80 school classroom music teachers and 270 specialist music tutors. Read more here: