Active participation in all musical fields is encouraged at Sacred Heart. Music is actually 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. Students will thoroughly enjoy the practical side of music classes, instruments/vocal lesson and instrumental and vocal groups, which all serve to increase their intelligence and cognitive function. A win-win practical and academic subject, with many NCEA credit opportunities for Years 11 to 13 students and Year 10 Music Institute students.

There is a wide range of musical opportunities available for students in Music, no matter what type of music your son enjoys. The Department has individual instrument and vocal tuition, plus rock bands, concert bands, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Junior Choir, SHC Senior Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Piano Quintet and School of Rock. The Music Institute is also available for students in Years 7 to 10.

As well as many other performances for events and concerts, the Music Department has three main musical events each year; the ‘Walter Kirby’ Solo and Group Competition for Years 7 to 13 which has been running for more than 70 years, the whole school talent competition ‘Legends’ and the ‘Showcase’ concert which is for all of the main music groups. These performances allow our students to perform to their peers, the public and family, while the Smokefree Rockquest Competition, and other similar competitions outside of Sacred Heart, promote our students to the wider public.

Historically Sacred Heart has enjoyed much success in the music field from Paris based renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Grice, to the Finn Brothers, Dave Dobbyn, Bernie Allen, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Rikki Morris, Dr Joe Harrop, Daniel Harua-Club and many others. Our current students continue this rich tradition of musical talent at the College.

Performance Opportunities
Year 7 to 10 Music Institute for Singing, Strings and Bands
Premier Concert Band
Dunstan's Band
Sacred Heart College Chorale
Junior Choir
Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Groups
Jazz Band
Jazz Combo
School of Rock

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 and on clarinet, flute, and saxophone for many of the international shows visiting NZ. For further information and to apply, please see the Music Lessons page.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available for piano and guitar at the school
Piano Lessons: Miss Alice Kang at $35 per half hour. Please contact her directly on
Guitar lessons: Miss Kathleen Tomacruz at $35 per half hour. Please contact her directly on

Instrument Hire
If your son needs to hire an instrument, this can be easily 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.
1. KBB Music, 157 Manukau Road Epsom, Tel: 09 630 2577
2. Mainline Music Works, 219 Great South Road, Greenlane, Tel: 09 262 3419
3. ABI Music (brass and woodwind specialists), 10A Parity Place, Hillcrest, Tel: 09 443 5666
4. Violins and violas can be purchased at Music Book (, Ph: 09 576 0040

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

Music Department Staff

Mr Jonny White Head of Music
Ms Helen Klaassen         Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Music
Ms Julia Burdon Music Secretary

Itinerant Music Teachers 
Ms Mia Camilleri  Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Brass Trio Director
Mr Arthur Close MUI Singing, individual singing lessons, Junior Choir, Senior Chorale Orchestra
Mr Tavite Tonga Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Mrs Kathleen Tomacruz Guitar, Cell0, Jazz Combo Director
Mrs Maxine Cunliffe Cello, Year 7 and 8 String Institute Assistant
Mr Andrew Uren  Clarinet, Saxophone, Premier Concert Band, Year 7 and Year 9 Band Institute Director
Mr Alistair Deverick Drums 
Ms Lorna Wright  Flute and Chamber Ensembles
Mr Rowan Uhe Guitar/Jazz Band, Guitar/School of Rock
Yidee Goh Violin/Viola, String Institute, String Group, String Octet, Orchestra Assistant 
Ms Fiona Ferens Singing
Mr Alberto Santarelli Bass, Double Bass
Ms Monica Dunn Oboe, Bassoon
Mr Sam Girling Percussion