Music Institute

The Institute

The primary goal of the Music Institute at Westlake Boys is to  further develop the cultural life of the school and to offer more  advanced opportunities for our most talented musicians.

The emphasis of the course is on enriching the already advanced  performance capabilities of the selected junior music students. The  history, theory, aural and composition aspects of the course grow out of  the needs of the Performance work. It is presumed that students  accepted for this course will already be in advance of their cohort in  performance, theory and aural ability – because of their musical  experience prior to attending High School. It is also necessary for the  Music Institute boys to be independent learners – as a great deal of the  course relies on individual, self-directed challenge.

Student Entry:

Year 8 students wishing to have music for a year-long course, must  complete the Music Application form at enrolment. From this information,  the students are divided into Music Option and Music Institute groups  for the following year. However, once they are at Westlake, all music  students are given a Performance Audition and a theory/aural test, so  that they can be placed in the course most appropriate for their  ability.

N.B. there is free entry to the Music Option course – regardless of levels of previous musical experience.


Westlake Boys has an extensive and very successful co-curricular  Programme. There are more than 16 Performance Music Groups which the  students are encouraged to become involved in. Institute Students are  encouraged to ‘get their music out of the bedroom’ and to share their  playing with others (see Music Groups).