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. The Music Institute now features for students in Years 7 to 9.
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.
Premier Concert Band
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
Years 7, 8 and 9 Music Institute
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. For further information on Music tuition please contact Mr Nino Sloser, Head of Department or apply online via the website. Piano lessons are offered by Miss Alice Kang on a private basis at $35 per half hour. Please contact the Music Department secretary at email@example.com for further information.
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
Please see the timetable under the 'Resources' panel.
Music Department Staff
||Head of Department
|Ms Helen Klaassen
||Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Music
|Ms Julia Burdon
|Ms Mia Camilleri
|Mr Jono Tan
|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
|Ms Lorna Wright
||Flute and Year 8 Band Institute
|Mr Rowan Uhe
|Miss Alice Kang
|Ms Fiona Ferens
|Mr David Snelling
|Mrs Joyce Wang
|Mr Sam Girling
|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