The St. Cecilia School of Music was established officially in 1974 in Launceston, Tasmania. 

The initial aim was to develop a professional, full-time teaching School which catered for the growing number of music students in Northern Tasmania. This aim was rapidly fulfilled.

Within a short period of time over 1000 music students were enrolled in the School with 18 fully-qualified professional music teachers. The tradition of offering high-quality music education continues to this day.

Major concerts featuring the School’s string orchestras and choirs have been held in Launceston for the past 40 years and usually attract large audiences – typically over 500 people. Local St. Cecilia students as well as guests from interstate and overseas are regularly featured in St. Cecilia concerts.

The expansion of the School’s Examination system (St. Cecilia Examinations) resulted from a need for a more relevant, innovative and exciting approach to assessing the capabilities of music students at all levels. The examination system also offers professional teaching and performing qualifications.

St Cecilia Examinations is now a powerful force in the music world with centres operating in major towns and cities throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.