The Music Department offers four main programmes:
• Academic (Classroom music)
• Instrumental/ Vocal learning
• Performance
• Music Leadership & Service

Academic classroom music programme

The classroom music programme includes academic courses from Years 9 to 13. Students who take classroom music are expected to learn an instrument, either through the Instrumental/ Vocal programme at school, or privately.

The courses are based on inter-related skills involving performing, composing/ arranging/ creating an instrumentation, aural and theory skills, and the study of music works or topics/ research.

Acceleration is available to Year 9 students who enter this programme with prior music experience.

Instrumental/ Vocal Lessons Programme

Any student in the school may apply to learn an instrument/ voice through this programme. Specialist instrument teachers visit the school each week to teach their instrument to students in small groups. The school owns a number of instruments for hire. All students learning must perform on their voice/ instrument in at least one school group through the performance programme.

We offer classes in Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Tenor Horn, Voice, Drums, Guitar and Bass Guitar

Performance Programme

We offer a wide range of instrumental and vocal activities which cater for beginners to experts. These take place at lunchtime, form time/ interval, before school and after school. Entry to high performance ensembles is by audition.

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Music Leadership & Service programme

Appointed positions include the
• Music Prefect
• Programme Leaders for vocal music, instrumental music, audio and volunteers
• Music Performance leaders for high performance groups

Students may also apply to be a music volunteer, accompanist for a choir, belong to the music committee, do audio mixing or be a music assistant in the performance programme.


Music Courses

The music classroom has excellent facilities including a keyboard laboratory, a computer laboratory and an interactive whiteboard. Sound equipment for performances and recording is also available.

Year 9 Music

For beginners or those with limited experience of music.
Play an instrument and/ or sing, create your own music using apps, instruments and body percussion, reading and writing rhythm and pitch, study a range of music topics eg. rock and orchestral instruments, the versatile voice.

Year 9 Advanced Music

For students with prior musical experience who have formally learnt an instrument (privately or at Saturday Music) for at least two years and who can read simple music fluently. It is based on the Y10 course. Students enrolling in this course have been accelerated and it leads to NCEA Level 1 Music the following year while in Year 10.
Perform solo and in an ensemble, composing simple pieces using a computer program, theory and aural skills, study a range of music topics eg. blues and jazz, time warp, theme music.

Year 10 Music

Perform solo and in an ensemble, composing blues and melodies using a computer program, theory and aural skills, study a range of music topics eg. blues and jazz, time warp, theme music.
Optional NCEA unit standards in performing arts are also available.

Level 1 Music

Perform solo or in an ensemble, compose pieces, aural skills, analysis of music works.
Optional music standards include performance, score reading and instrumentation.

Level 2 Music

Perform solo or in an ensemble, compose pieces, aural skills and music knowledge.
Optional music standard includes performance as a soloist on a second instrument.

Level 3 Music

Students negotiate an individual programme of up to 24 credits according to musical interests, strengths and future music directions, from the 58 credits available.
Performance (solo, ensemble, soloist on a second instrument), composition, songwriting, arranging, harmony, aural, research, music analysis and music contexts.

Scholarship Music

Scholarship music requires a student to submit a portfolio of work as a performer, composer or musicologist and to sit a music analysis examination.


Music Staff

Karen Carter - Head of Department
Danielle Joe - Music Teacher
Kirsten Fisher - Music Administrator


Specialist Instrument/ Voice/ Ensemble Teachers

Phil Boniface
Erna Ferry
Christy Hunter
Danielle Joe
Marc Paterson
Myra Smith
Jami Wallace