Music is available to all students (Years 9-13). Students in Years 10-13 are given the option to choose music as an elective. When taking music as a subject, students learn group and solo performance, composing, theory, music appreciation, music technology, instrumentation and arranging.
In Year 9, music is a compulsory subject that forms part of the core Year 9 curriculum. Students are required to have itinerant music lessons with their chosen instrument and this is supported during class time. In addition, students are taught music theory, music technology, aural awareness of musical genres. They also complete a research project on a particular music topic that interests them. At the end of the 12 weeks, the students present a concert to parents/caregivers and staff.
Itinerant music scheme
Through St Paul’s itinerant music scheme, students can choose to learn one of the following musical instruments in addition to the academic curriculum – piano, organ, singing, violin, cello, drums, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn, ukulele, euphonium and banjo. Instrument lessons take place for half an hour during class or lunch time.
Music competitions and events
Involvement in extracurricular music activities is strongly encouraged through a number of channels including participation in house activities, bands and St Paul’s annual music showcase and theatre production. Each year, students also have the opportunity to perform at a number of external events and competitions, including but not limited to:
- Smokefree Rockquest
- Chamber Music competition
- Te Awamutu Performing Arts Festival
- The Big Sing
- ITM Festival
- Hawke’s Bay Festival
- Tauranga Jazz Festival.
In 2019, the school’s Concert Band, Big Band, string group and choir will travel to Australia to compete in the ASPIRE International Music Festival, being held in Queensland.