Music curriculum

At St Paul’s Collegiate School we nurture the creative talents of our students through a well structured music programme which includes academic participation as part of the curriculum and an itinerant music scheme which allows for music lessons outside of a classroom setting.

Academic programme

Music is available to all students (Year 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 on their chosen instrument and this is supported during class time. In addition students are taught music theory, music technology, aural awareness of musical genres. In addition they complete a research project on a particular music topic that interests them. At the end of the 12 weeks in classroom music the students present a concert to parents/caregivers & 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 our 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. *(2019) the School Concert Band, String Group, Choir and Big Band will visit Australia to compete in the ASPIRE International Music Festival in Queensland.