Music Classes, Private Music Lessons and Music Groups
Music is compulsory in Year 7, and optional from Year 8-13. Students experience a range of practical and creative activities embedded with music literacy from classical and contemporary genres.
NCEA Music (Years 11-13) and IB Music (Year 12-13) provide performance, composition, technology, literacy and history modules that will prepare students for tertiary studies, industry training as well as extended music appreciation. It is a well-rounded subject with transferable, cross-curriculum knowledge and skill sets, allowing students to further their talent and understanding in the arts.
The introduction of ‘Music Project’ classes in recent years offers our contemporary musicians a practical based NCEA Music course with solo and group performance, song writing, music technology and sound technology standards.
Regardless of our music students’ interests and intended pathway, we provide many opportunities through regional and national music organisations to connect, mentor and network our students with tertiary and industry professionals. Alumni musicians are invited as guest artists at our music showcase throughout the year.
The high percentage of students who receive Excellence in subject endorsements in music is a reflection of the teaching and learning combined with great attitude and effort that takes place in the classroom. NZQA Scholarships can be taken at Year 12 and 13, and we have had great success with scholarships, Outstanding Scholarships and Top in Subject awards gained. Music is an UE approved subject.
The Music Department prides itself in the high calibre of music staff, most of whom are practicing musicians and industry professionals. We have over 30 staff member and more than 400 private music lessons that take place during the school day. From orchestral, band or vocal, classical to contemporary, for enjoyment or for examination, we can connect you with the right tutor to start or continue your music journey.
Private Music Tutors and Application for Music Lessons
Music Groups, Events and Opportunities
The College is proud to engage a group of inspiring and passionate ensemble directors to lead our musicians in rehearsal, performance and competitions.
Through weekly rehearsals for the full school year, our ensembles prepare for performances representing the College in outstanding fashion. The premier orchestra, bands and choir are consistently placed in the top regional and national groups in competitions. Our premier choir, Kentoris, has been invited to take part in the International Youth Choral Festival 2020 in Carnegie Hall, New York.
We have 11 large ensembles (choirs, orchestras, jazz and concert bands), 25 small Ensembles (chamber groups and rock bands). Whether the student is at the beginning stages of learning, wants to play/sing for enjoyment, or competes at the top level, there are groups suitable.
With over 30 dedicated music concerts and competitions for our ensembles each year, and the annual Solo Music Competitions for our top orchestral and vocal musicians, we pride ourselves in creating a music culture that together, grows positively passionate musicians.
Our annual, sell-out House Music Evening brings six large House Choirs with over 200 students per choir, together with a choir from Bruce House, our boarding facility, to the stage, all vying for the coveted House Music Cup.
Each House also showcases their most talented musicians in the ‘band’ competition. This evening is a huge amount of fun that gives a large number of students the chance to discover the love of singing and the thrill of performing in a professional venue.