Year 9 and 10 Music

In Music you will get a chance to develop many skills: listening, performing composing, hearing music accurately, writing it down, and learning about chords and rhythm. You will play instruments, individually and as a class ensemble, and there will be class singing. You will be able to develop your special musical interests to an advanced level if you wish including music composition


Year 11, 12 and 13 Music

The courses for Year 11, 12 and 13 follow a similar outline with a range of topics including Performance (Solo and Group), Composition and a study of music past and present, aural and music theory. A competence in performance and theory of music prior to year 11 is desirable, but not essential.

Learning an Instrument

We have 11 itinerant teachers who come to teach instruments.Lessons are free and available for all Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Singing.

Music Groups


Concert Band and Jazz Band

We have a Concert Band and a Jazz Band, as well as groups who enter in Rock Quest.


Our choir practices and performs regularly. They compete annually in the Voices of Canterbury Competitions. We go on an Annual Music Tour in August.


Stage Challenge and Production

Mairehau High School participates in the Stage Challenge competition every alternate year. Each time the students choose a new team and work hard to communicate this through dance and drama. Stage Challenge is a biannual event for Mairehau High School with the alternate years being dedicated to a full musical production.

Student Compositions

Rebekah Year ll Composition

Performing Arts


Performing Arts is available in all years from Year 9-13. Performing Arts is a course that encourages students to explore all elements of performance, with an emphasis on Dance and Drama. Performing Arts is relevant as it assists in developing performance skills which foster creativity in a safe environment, while also increasing confidence and self esteem. It promotes body and spatial awareness in the use of space, which can directly correlate to other sports or physical activities. This course will get you outside of your comfort zone and give you the skills required to move into the workforce. The course is enhanced by visits to local productions and student participation in our own production, Stage Challenge and Shakespearean Drama Festival.

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa.

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder.

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