Welcome to the Creative Academy a vibrant place to be, where ‘Every Student is a Star’.

Some years ago, we had a dream of a school within a school; a school where students, who have “creative” dreams, can reach their potential within our College environment. Where they could learn and grow to use their instrument as a “sacrifice of worship” to the Lord, thus the Creative Academy was born.

The Creative Academy is more than an instrumental program. It allows a student to learn an instrument, workshop with specialists, rehearse and perform in a wide range of ensembles and showcase their talent in a systematic approach to “Concert” programming. We believe this provides a well-rounded academic program for students who learn an instrument.

The word ‘Academy’ implies a bringing together of great minds into one location to share their specialised knowledge. This is the model that our Creative Academy is based on. We provide a range of specialists in the areas of brass, guitar, percussion, piano, speech and drama, strings, voice and woodwind. These specialists come into our College to provide their expertise uniquely for your child. This is an excellent model for your child to get the best tuition available in Mackay.

We hope that you feel a part of our Creative Academy. Perhaps you have some special knowledge that could make our academy even greater. If you would like to get involved across a broad range of needs, please contact the College Office and leave a message for our Creative Academy Head of Faculty.


Mackay Christian College offers a number of scholarships to existing students and new, intermediate or advanced instrumentalists coming to the College.

New Student Scholarships are advertised at the beginning of Term 4 for the following year but may be available during the year also. Students need to apply and audition for the limited number of places offered each year.  In exceptional cases outstanding students may be awarded a special scholarship. This is to give parents, who have financial constraints, the opportunity to allow their child to continue lessons. Other scholarships may be given to students to provide a private lesson instead of a group lesson.

Students may also be given a scholarship for a limited period of time to play an instrument that is needed in one of our College ensembles to improve balance.  If this is an available option, the students will receive this scholarship on the basis of their suitability for that instrument.

The classroom teacher will give an opinion of the student’s intellectual capability. The instrumental music teacher will assess the student’s musicality and physical features to determine that the best possible choice of instrument is made.

Ensembles at MCC

The Creative Academy has a wide variety of ensembles that students may choose to become a member of. These may vary according to student numbers. Each ensemble may perform at events throughout the year both within the College or out in the community. Ensembles usually rehearse once a week either before school, after school or maybe a lunch break.

All ensembles have done extremely well earning many Gold Awards in both local and International Festivals and Competitions. These have included: Mackay Eisteddfod, Mackay’s Orchestras & Bands (M.O.B.), Urban Beat (Brisbane), Music Festival in Brisbane, ‘bonyi’ International Music Festival and Rhapsody Rotorua International Music competition (New Zealand). 

Join the Creative Academy

Creative Academy Application

If you would like to become a part of our Creative Academy, please complete an Expression of Interest form and return it to the College Office. You will then be contacted by a member of the Creative Academy team.

Creative Academy Application