Music

Active participation in all musical fields is encouraged at Sacred Heart. Music is the known and researched ‘brain development’ subject. It is made up of language, science, mathematics and practical fun performance, which all serve to increase the number of left and right brain cell connections.

There is a wide range of musical opportunities including bands for Junior and Senior students, jazz and concert bands, ukulele band, Junior and Senior choirs, String Group, Orchestra, chamber and ensembles,School of Rock and individual instrument and vocal tuition. In 2016 a Year 8 Music Institute commences as a follow-on to the successful initiation of the Year 7 Music Institute in 2015.

For more than 70 years the College has held the solo and group Walter Kirby Competition, which was established to promote music within the school. Legends and Showcase performances allow our students to perform to peers and family while the Smokefree Rockquest, and other similar competitions, promotes our students to the wider public.

Sacred Heart has enjoyed much success in the music field with the Finn Brothers, Dave Dobbyn, Bernie Allen, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Dr Joe Harrop and Massad Barakat-Devine numbering amongst our Old Boys.
Our current students continue this rich tradition of musical talent at the College.

Performance Opportunities
Premier Concert Band
Dunstan's Band
Senior Choir
Junior Choir
String Group
Orchestra
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
Confortare Brass
Ukulele Band
Marimba Band
Years 7, 8 and 9 Music Institute
School of Rock

Tuition
The Music Department also provides outstanding instrumental and vocal tuition to our students via the Itinerant Music Tutors Programme. All our tutors are leading musicians in their own right, including Andrew Uren, who regularly performs on bass clarinet in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. For further information on Music tuition please contact Mr Nino Sloser, Head of Department or apply online via the website. From 2015, piano lessons are offered by Miss Alice Kang on a private basis at $35 per half hour. Please contact the Music Department secretary at music@sacredheart.school.nz for further information.

Instrument Hire

If your son needs to hire an instrument, this can be sourced from the following suppliers. Please check that your household insurance will cover your hired instrument. Each music store can provide you with insurance cover should you need it.
KBB Music, 157 Manukau Road Epsom, Tel: 09 630 2577
Mainline Music Works, 219 Great South Road, Greenlane, Tel: 09 262 3419
ABI Music (brass and woodwind specialists), 10A Parity Place, Hillcrest, Tel: 09 443 5666
Violins can be purchased for $99 at Music Book (www.musicbook.co.nz), Ph: 09 576 0040

Practice Times
Please see the timetable under the 'Resources' panel.

Music Department Staff

Mr Nino Sloser Head of Department
Ms Helen Klaassen         Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Music
Ms Julia Burdon Music Secretary

Tutors
 
Ms Mia Camilleri  Brass 
Mr Jono Tan Trombone
Mrs Kathleen Tomacruz Cell0 and Jazz Combo
Ms Lila Bullen-Smith Double Bass and String Institute
Mr Andrew Uren  Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Institute, Premier Concert Band 
Mr Walter Muller  Drums 
Ms Lorna Wright  Flute and Year 8 Band Institute
Mr Rowan Uhe Guitar
Miss Alice Kang  Piano
Ms Fiona Ferens Singing
Mr David Snelling Strings
Mrs Joyce Wang String Institute
Mr Sam Girling Percussion
Mr Nino Sloser  Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Dunstan's Band, Music Institute, Premier Concert Band (manager), String Group 
Ms Helen Klaassen         Years 7 and 8 Ukulele Band, Marimba Orchestra, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Music Institute