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Curriculum Music

The Junior Music programme is taught for one term. It aims to establish a basic theory knowledge, listening and performing skills, as well as understanding and interest towards music.      
  • In Year 7 the students explore the difference of music elements though listening, study the time values of the notes through rhythmic games, and learn to play three/four-chord songs on ukulele.    
  • In Year 8 the students learn staff notation on treble clef. They also spend time exploring the instruments of the orchestra and learn how to play a three-chord song on the guitar.      
  • In year 9, the students take a further step into music theory by learning notation on bass clef, accidentals, the major scale and a variety of chords. They apply this into a group-performance project, playing bass, guitar, piano, drums or singing. The students also compose a soundtrack for a short movie, using Mixcraft software at the Music Computer lab. 
The Year 10 music programme aims to continue and further develop the students’ skills in Performance, Music theory, Composition and Music Knowledge.It is tailored for individual needs and recognizes different levels of abilities. Students not yet playing an instrument will be enrolled in the Itinerant music programme. The full-year course develops the necessary entry skills recommended for the NCEA Level 1 Music. It includes:
  • Development of aural and theory skills equal to Gr2. A brief course of history of music, including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic styles. Blues and Film Music compositions on created with Sibelius music software. Song writing. Performance – Solo or/and Group.

The 11 – 13 music programme is delivered in full-year courses following the requirements of NCEA Music, Level 1 -3. The students continue to master their performing skills and carry on their study in theory, composition and music knowledge. Throughout the course they:   
  • Perform pieces of music as a featured soloist or as a member of a group with increasing levels of difficulty. Compose original pieces of music – songs, instrumental and short film composition using Sibelius 7.5 software. Devise instrumentation or create an arrangement of an existing piece of music. Music Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of contrasting works, analyse music and examine the influence of context on a music work. Demonstrate knowledge of conventions used in music scores.

Itinerant Music Programme

Marist College offers group and individual (seniors only) music lessons taught by highly trained teachers and professional musicians. All students go out of class for their 30 minute lesson once a week. They can study more than one of the following instruments: 
  • Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Violoncello, 
    Guitar, Voice, Drums 
Application Form
Itinerant Music Application 2020

Extra-curricular Groups

Every year the students participate in the one or more of the following: The Kids Sing, The Big Sing, KBB Music festival, the Marist Singing cup competition, Prize giving ceremonies and other events like the school musical and productions, charity and community events.