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Music is available for everyone. We offer encouragement and guidance at whatever level, in whatever style.

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The Foundation Music School consists of a teaching room, computer suite, concert room, recording studio, band room and five individual practice rooms which are always open for students, including evenings and weekends. It is attached to our 500-seat Prince Edward Auditorium with full stage and lighting facilities for concerts. The auditorium also has a Yamaha grand piano.

Instrumental Programme
We have 12 visiting music tutors and can provide weekly individual lessons on a rotational timetable in violin, ‘cello, trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, voice, guitar, drums and music theory. These lessons prepare students for NZMEB, Associated Board and Trinity College examinations and students can use their skills to gain NCEA credits. 

Opportunities to Perform

There are regular opportunities for music students to perform in assemblies, in the classroom, at regular concerts both as individuals and as members of our various music groups.

All students who learn orchestral instruments take part in our Orchestra which meets each each week in one of the school’s cultural priority times. Younger or less experienced players gain the benefit of playing with others whilst it provides leadership opportunities for more experienced players.

Chamber Groups
Our more advanced players have the opportunity to form chamber groups and take part in the annual New Zealand Secondary Schools Chamber Music Contest which is held here at Collegiate.

Jazz & Rock
Students who learn saxophone, guitar and drums are required to take part in either a jazz or rock group. The school runs a weekly Jazz group after which more experienced players are invited to stay on for more advanced improvisatory work.
Students who wish to form rock bands are invited to book the music rooms and a number of our tutors with specialist skills in this area are keen to support students in these endeavours.

House Music
Every Collegiate student takes part in our annual House Music competition in which students prepare massed group items on a chosen theme. The House Music weekend is one of the highlights of Collegiate’s calendar.

C N Maclean Music Competition
C N Maclean was for many years Housemaster of Selwyn House and subsequently Deputy Headmaster. Each year we run a Junior and Senior Maclean Music Contest with monetary prizes. In addition, the C N Maclean Trust offers a bursarial award to a top performing Collegiate musician.

Appassionata Vocal Group
We are very proud of our female vocal group, Appassionata, which was set up by our vocal coach, Mrs Sharon Warburton. The group has successfully performed at a number of events both in and out of school. Entry is by invitation and audition.

Academic Programme
All Year 9 students have classroom music lessons which set out to continue to build upon the musical experiences received at prep schools. We have devised a stand-alone course and encourage students to perform, hear and compose music in a number of genres.

Year 10
Year 10 Music provides a foundation course for the skills in performing, score reading, aural, listening, research and composing in preparation for taking NCEA units in subsequent years.

Years 11-13
Students in these year groups progressively follow NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 and whilst all students opting for Music will take some external examinations, there is a wide choice of internal units from exploring aspects of New Zealand music to composing and arranging.

Our ethos is that students are able make use of the music rooms all day. We are open from after breakfast until students retire to their dorms at night, including at weekends. Music students are encouraged to treat the department as an extension to their Houses, not only for individual practice but as a meeting place for socialising and making music together.


Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir is a prestigious, high profile aspect of the life of Collegiate. Membership of the Chapel Choir is to be considered a privilege which brings with it a particular level of responsibility.

We are very conscious that Collegiate students are always busy and that our high achievers have a large number of obligations.
It is with this in mind that our rehearsals are deliberately kept short and they are at set priority times.


Mondays 6.15-7.00pm
Tuesdays 1.30-2.00pm (boys)
Wednesdays 7.45-8.10am (prior to Chapel Service)
Thursdays 1.30-2.00pm (girls)

Choir Leaders and Monitors
Two students from Year 12 or 13 may be appointed as Chapel Choir Leaders. They are responsible for communication with and the well-being of choir members.
Up to three other students may be appointed as Chapel Choir Monitors. 

Cultural Awards
After three years of service to the Chapel Choir you will receive your Pocket.
In the fifth year of service you will receive your Cultural Tie and Braids.

Joining the Choir
Membership of the Chapel Choir is by invitation or audition at the discretion of the Director of Music.  All students new to the school have the opportunity to be voice-tested.

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