School Heat

School Heats

The dates for each school heat are as follows

  • Nhulunbuy Heat – Nhulunbuy High School – Week 7 Thursday March 18
  •  Katherine Heat – Katherine High School – Week 8 Tuesday March 23
  • Alice Springs Heat – Centralian Middle School – Week 8 Thursday March 25
  • Darwin Heat Northern Suburbs – Dripstone Middle School – Week 10 Thursday April 8 
  • Darwin Heat – Darwin High School  – Week 10 Friday April 9

What will happen at the school heat?

  • The competition and judging criteria will be explained.
  • Students in the competition will be required to perform two original compositions.
  • Judges will give feedback on performance using the criteria below.

The quality of the performances at the school heats will determine which contestants will be selected to compete at the NT Music School Battle of the School Bands final.

  • Battle of the School Bands Final – Darwin Railway Club - Term 2 Week 2 Friday April 30 

Criteria used to shortlist bands for the final:


  • Present a confident performance
  • Maintain appropriate eye contact with the audience
  • Interact effectively with the audience for the duration of the performance
  • Interact cooperatively with other performers on stage (Soloist N/A)


  • Display facility with a range of techniques to control and enhance the song
  • Musical elements and compositional techniques used appropriate to the style of music
  • Effective contrast between songs performed
  • Lyrics effectively / creatively match the musical context


All musicians will be individually and collectively critiqued on the quality of their performance:

  • Accurate tuning of instruments
  • Intonation of vocals
  • Rhythmic cohesion
  • Proficiency in working with instruments and musical elements relevant to style
  • Dynamics and expression where appropriate

Other Info

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Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:15pm
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