Music

This course is available for students to study in 2023
  • Music 10Mus (Full Year)

Course Description: This course is intended for students who wish to continue developing a wide range of knowledge and skills from the Music Arts curriculum at level 5.

The course includes performance (as a soloist and as part of a group), listening, composing, and music studies (score reading, aural and research).

There is a strong focus on topics and themed learning in areas such as Jazz & Blues, Film Music, New Zealand Music and Hip Hop.

Students will spend time learning about music technology and how to create computer-based music in our specialist studio computer lab.

There is an expectation that students in this class will take an instrumental lesson through our free itinerant music program. There are instruments available to use at school but ideally they will have their own instrument at home.

Students will have access to free music lessons within school time for their chosen instrument.

Recommended Entry Criteria: It is advised that students have taken year 9 Music (half or full year) and be learning an instrument.

Next step: Year 11 Music

Contact Person: Mr Banks bhb@shirley.school.nz


  • Music 10Mux (Half Year)

Course Description: This course is for students who wish to widen their knowledge and skill set in the areas of music and music technology.

Students who take this course don’t need to have had much experience playing music previously. There is a strong focus on topics and themed learning in areas such as Film Music, New Zealand Music, Jazz & Blues and Hip Hop.

Students will spend time learning about music technology and how to create computer-based music in our specialist studio computer lab.

All the elements needed to progress to NCEA Music classes are covered – this means a student can take 10 Mux and be eligible for 11 Music the following year.

Students will have access to free music lessons within school time for their chosen instrument.

Recommended Entry Criteria: No entry criteria – a student may take this course having never done music before.

Next step: Year 11 Music

Contact Person: Mr Banks bhb@shirley.school.nz


Music Tuition (all year levels)

Instrumental and vocal music lessons

Instrumental lessons are only available to those who take music as an option.

Instrument hire (if required) to be negotiated with Mr Banks

Lessons generally operate in small groups and run for approximately 20 minutes. The music lessons run separately from the option music classes, so students will often need to come out of other classes at various times throughout the week. There is some flexibility with lesson times so students can sometimes do their lessons at Interval or lunchtimes. Students are issued with a ‘Music Pass Card’ to show teachers when they leave for instrumental lessons.