Music

Year 9 Core Music

All students in Year 9 must take Music as a Core Subject. Students will be placed in one of the classes listed below according to their musical experience, knowledge and skills. For a full description of these classes please click here.

Regular Core Music Class

Big Band Specialist Core Music Class
Symphonic Band Specialist Core Music Class
Chamber Specialist Core Music Class
Piano/Keyboard Specialist Core Music Class
Guitar Specialist Core Music Class
Rock Band Specialist Core Music Class
Performing Arts Specialist Core Music Class

Year 9 Option Music

The Option Music Course covers several different units which each explore various musical concepts in greater depth than the Core Music Course. These units may include student presentations of their instrument/chosen artist/historical context, instrument making, song writing, production technology and sound design. Previous instrumental experience is an advantage for the Option Music Course, but not a necessity. It is more important that students display a willingness and commitment to learning a musical instrument.

Year 10 Music

This course aims to prepare students for NCEA Level 1 Music (Performance & Contemporary). Students will learn a variety of important skills, including rehearsing, performing, song-writing, as well as a grounding in music theory, history and music technology. All students must have regular tuition on their instrument or voice (either group or individual lessons, at school or out of school).

NCEA Level 1 Music

There are approximately 24 credits (Achievement Standards) on offer in L1 Music. The course focuses on building well-rounded musicians. All students taking NCEA Level 1 - Level 4 Music must have regular tuition on their instrument or voice (preferably individual lessons - either at school or out of school) and need to have basic notation skills. It is expected that students will have been learning their instrument or voice for at least two full years (approx. Grade 3 level) and that they participate in at least one co-curricular music activity. 

NCEA Level 2 Music

There are 24 credits (AS + US) in similar areas with the addition of Instrumentation, and aims to build on skills and knowledge gained during Level 1. 

NCEA Level 3 Music

Level 3 Music offers a wide range of credits in two domains (Music Studies and Making Music). Both are aimed at preparing students for studying at University. Students have freedom to select a combination of Standards, and gain up to 24 credits. They are able to create an individual learning programme in Music to suit their needs or strengths with the help of their teacher and the HOD Music. 

NCEA Level 4 Music

Scholarship Students are invited to do Level 4 Scholarship in Music. For this assessment students will choose either the performance, composition or music studies pathways (preparation of a student portfolio) and also need to sit a general Scholarship exam at the end of the year. Scholarship Music is not taught as a separate class, but our accelleration programme ensures that students will have time during their NCEA Level 3 Course. Students will also get special support and tutorials (music mentoring) from teachers within the music department.  

Contemporary Music Course

Alongside the General Music Course the department also offers a Contemporary Music Course at Levels 1, Level 2 and Level 3. This is an alternative course which aims to meet the needs of students with a more contemporary focus by combining Standards from Music Studies, Making Music, Performing Arts and Performing Arts Technology. Students are able to develop their skills in such areas as using and setting up PA Systems, Recording Systems, MIDI Systems, performance, research, contributing to a music ensemble. The course can also generate 24 credits and consists mostly of University Approved Achievement Standards.