The Music Department offers a diverse range of musical opportunities at all year levels. It prides itself on the high calibre of music staff, most of whom are practising musicians and industry professionals.



Students study a core course in music in Year 7 and can take music as an option from Year 8. From Years 11-13, students have the option of studying NCEA Music (Classical and Jazz) or Music Projects  (Rock and Contemporary) or International Baccalaureate Music. 

Private Lessons

We offer lessons in the following: 



 Pipes & Drums







 French Horn



 Double Bass




 Drum Kit





Click here to complete the 2022 Music Lesson Application Form


Small Group Music Lessons

Sign up for our after school and lunchtime Small Group Music Lessons to learn an instrument in a small group of 3-4 like-minded students.

Click here to enrol now.


Music Ensembles

  • ORCHESTRA – Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, String Ensemble
  • BAND – Concert Band, Wind Band
  • CHAMBER – Trios, Quartets Quintets, Octets
  • CHOIR – Kentoris Premier Choir, All comers Choir, Boys Choir
  • JAZZ – Big Band, Stage Band, Jazz Combos
  • PIPE – Pipe bands 1, 2 and drums
  • ROCK– Rock bands
  • PRODUCTION BAND - accompanying the school productions

Watch the highlights of our musicians performing their pieces for KBB. You can watch the entire playlist here -

Music Events

We host biannual and annual events for our music students and welcome their friends and families to come along and enjoy.

  • Jazz Café
  • Choral Showcase
  • Chamber Music Showcase
  • Rock Showcase
  • Large Ensembles Showcase
  • Solo Music Competition                            
  • Middle School Music Evening
  • House Music
  • Rock the Quad
  • Small Ensembles for Uxbridge @ 12

Our Music Ensembles Successes

With some of the best music directors in Auckland, our premier ensembles have achieved the following results:

  • Chamber Music Contest - National semi finalists 2019-2021, as a fully Saint Kentigern College formed group
  • Big Sing Auckland Regional - Runner-Up, Best SATB choir
  • Big Sing National Finale - Silver Award 2018-2019
  • National Concert Band Festival - Gold Award 2019
  • Rockquest Auckland Regional finalists 2021
  • National Jazz Festival – Gold for Big Band & Jazz Combo 2021
  • Matamata Music Festival - Gold for Concert Band 2021
  • Chamber Music Contest - National Runner Up 2021, KBB Music Award, People’s Choice Award, Best Performance of a NZ Work
  • KBB Music Festival - Gold Award and Gala Performance for Big Band and Concert Band
  • Percussion Quartet National Chamber Contest Finals

House Music

Our annual, sell-out House Music Evening brings seven large House Choirs and one from the boarding house with over 200 students per choir, together to the stage, all vying for the coveted House Music Cup.

Each House also showcases their most talented musicians in the ‘band’ competition. This is always a fun evening for students and parents alike  - in honour of their love of singing and the thrill of performing in a professional venue.


The Pipes and Drums of Saint Kentigern:

Saint Kentigern Pipes and Drums have taken on the role of cultural ambassadors for Saint Kentigern since 1958; performing at ceremonial occasions on all campuses, welcoming guests to the College and lending support to our top sporting teams at important events.

The band regularly appears in public in and around the Auckland area. Also travelling much further afield to compete, they make their pilgrimage to Scotland to tour, perform and take part in Scottish competitions and Tattoos and more recently, the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.

Wearing the Hunting McFarlan tartan in honour of our founding Headmaster, the Pipes and Drums are a special cultural feature and a proud tradition at the College. Saint Kentigern is one of only three Colleges in New Zealand to offer tuition in both Piping and drumming.