Our well-established Music programme is diverse and exciting and we encourage our boys to develop skills and talent in musical performance. Our purpose-built, specialist Music School comprises a large multi-functional teaching room, a band room and three smaller practice studios where itinerant music lessons are held.
Instrumental Music Programme
The itinerant music programme enables boys to become actively involved in learning an instrument with specialist music teachers. The annual calendar is full of musical events for our young musicians to showcase talent and build confidence. There are many opportunities for students to perform both individually or in a group at either small evening gatherings to encourage confidence in our learners or in significant concerts for large audiences.
We have a major Music Evening in the first half of the year which features all major music groups as well as a large number of soloists. Our end of year Showcase assembly highlights our top groups and top soloists.
Each year we enter both soloists and groups in the Lewis Eady Music Competition and win significant recognition. Many of the boys also attend the APPA (Auckland Primary Principals Association) courses and play in the APPA bands and orchestras.
Boys are invited to audition annually for the Jazz Band. Musicianship and sight reading are expected to be good and there is the opportunity to develop improvisatory skills. Our Jazz Band has many opportunities to perform both in school and in the community during the year.
A Jazz Quartet caters for our more advanced players.
Our orchestra plays a variety of popular and classical music. The orchestra performs in school concerts and various functions throughout the year.
Our Recorder Consort caters for our descant, treble and bass recorder players. They perform in various school concerts and music competitions. A Recorder Quartet caters for our more advanced players.
Our Flute Choir enjoy playing a variety of pieces together.
We have several senior Rock Bands and a Chapel Band who play at a variety of events.
This is a group especially for our beginner brass, woodwind and percussion players so they can learn the skills of ensemble playing and enjoy making music together.
This group is for our beginner violin and cello players. It helps them to develop skills in order to later audition for the orchestra.
Choral Music Programme
There are two major choral groups, the auditioned Performers Choir and the All-Comers choir for our younger students who simply love to sing!
Boys in Year 6, 7 and 8 can audition to be a member of the Performers Choir. The choir practices two mornings each week before school. The choir is important and prestigious for its members; they sing at our Family Services, School Concerts, the Christmas Cathedral Service and numerous concerts and community events throughout the year.
The All Comers Choir is a group of Year 4, 5 and 6 boys who sing a simpler repertoire. They also have the opportunity to perform in our Chapel services and a variety of both school and community functions.