The Saint Kentigern College Music Department offers a diverse range of musical opportunities for students of all ages at the College. The curricular and co-curricular music programmes are well resourced and students have access to a purpose built Music Centre which boasts a central rehearsal auditorium, three large ensemble rooms, a keyboard lab, two classrooms and nine sound proof studios, each with its own piano.There are 13 pianos in the department including a Kawai K5 Grand Piano in the atrium.
Students study a core course in music in Year 7/8 and can take music as an option from Year 9. Every student taking senior music is provided with a copy of the latest version of ‘Sibelius’ to use for composition, arrangement and instrumentation tasks. The large number of students who play musical instruments to a high level provides examination students with outstanding group performance opportunities.
The College has a well resourced itinerant music programme offering students lessons on a wide range of instruments as well as vocal lessons. There are a number of grants offered in the Middle School to pay for the first ten lessons on specific, less commonly played instruments such as the bassoon, cello and tuba.
As a result of the strong teaching programme, the College has a large and varied number of instrumental groups and ensembles that both perform and compete throughout the College year. There is also a very strong choral programme.
An unusual and appealing feature of the music programme is the Pipes and Drums. The band, one of only three in New Zealand schools, is an integral part of many events in the College calendar. The distinctive skirl of the bagpipes can be heard at many of our College functions from prize givings to rugby matches.
The College ensembles are also fortunate to be able to undertake a number of local, national and international tours. In recent years, musical groups and choirs have undertaken successful overseas tours to Singapore, USA/Canada and Argentina, whilst the Pipes and Drums tour regularly to Scotland.