Classroom Music

Music is a fundamental form of expression that we are all engaged in, whether as a listener or as musician.  By making, sharing, and responding to music, students contribute to the cultural life of our school, whanau, and community. Students work individually and collaboratively to explore the world of sound for creating, interpreting and representing music ideas, and have rich opportunities to further their own creative potential. As they learn to communicate musically with increasing sophistication during their time at school, they lay a foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of and participation in music. For some this will result in further study at a Tertiary level, and for others their lives will be forever enriched through greater skill and confidence in their recreational musical experiences.

There are four strands in Music:

*  Understanding Context    * Developing Ideas   *  Communicating & Interpreting     *  Practical Knowledge. 

Subjects can be viewed from our curriculum page.


Music outside the classroom

Itinerant Music: All students have the opportunity to learn an instrument through teachers who come to the school.  There is a cost involved for lessons and details of this are available by contacting the Mrs Thompson.

Orchestra:  We have a young orchestra of around 20 who regularly perform out of the school.

Chamber Music:  Each year several groups enter this Secondary School Competition  and are coached either by their tutors or by Mr Corlet

Rock and Pop music:  Rooms in the Music Block are used regularly during intervals and lunchtimes for bands and singers to rehearse

Ukulele Group:  A group of Year 7 and 8 students spend one lunch time a week playing and singing with one of our ukulele playing science teachers.

Play It Live:  This is an annual celebration of live music in our school, mostly original music.

KVC Talent Quest:  This is held annually. This includes entertainment of a wider nature.

Secondary School Music Festival:  Singers and instrumentalists contribute to the combined choir and orchestra in this Otago-wide annual music festival.

Head of Department:  Rion Corlet

Contact details: or telephone 453 6035.


Participation Respect Inquiry Diversity Environment

500 Kaikorai Valley Road
Dunedin, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 453 6035
Fax +64 3 453 1602