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Music Leaders and Performing Arts Awards

Click here for the list of 2021 Music Leaders and Performing Arts recipients.

2021 Junior Music Plate and Minister’s Plate Finals

The finals of the annual Junior Music Plate and Minister’s Plate competition were held in the Centennial Theatre on Thursday 17 June 2021.

The standard of all finalists was incredibly high, across a diverse range of instruments, with an impressive display of both musicality and technical accomplishment. The School welcomed back Old Boy Dr Henry Wong Doe ’90, a very well-regarded musician and educator based in the United States, to adjudicate the evening.

The Junior Music Plate was won by Form 4 student M. A. Ramassh (on piano) performing Polonaise in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin, and No.15 Inquieto from Vision fugitives by Sergey Prokofiev.

In the Minister’s Plate, Form 7 student L. J. S. Larsen received an honourable mention as best pianist of the competition for his performance of Reflets dans l’Eau by Claude Debussy. Prefect D. L. Fleming (playing the cello) won the Minister’s Plate, with his performance of The Swan and Allegro Appassionato, both by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Music Lesson Timetables

Lesson timetables are available online through the School website. Students should check their lesson timetable every week and preferably the day prior to their lesson. Last-minute changes will be communicated to students by Assembly notices or directly from the relevant itinerant teacher/Music staff member.

It is expected that students should notify both their lesson teacher and the Music Administrator via email for any planned or unplanned absences.

Attendance and Progress

Parents please note that school lessons are provided on the condition that your son’s attendance and progress meets our minimum expectations. We recommend 20-30 minutes practise at least five times every week for beginners and double this time for more advanced players. Learning an instrument is incredibly rewarding but requires consistent effort.

Students should remember that if they apply themselves as musicians they can clearly then demonstrate to a university or future employer that they have an amazing skill set, including motivation, coordination, concentration, determination, resilience, with high-level processing and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, diligent musicians can claim to be reliable, punctual, good at taking instructions, effective working collaboratively in a group and used to performing under pressure.

Assembly Performances

Music groups perform throughout the year in Assembly. A schedule of these performances is available in the Music Department and on the School Schedule.

Performance Group Membership

Auditions are held in Term 4 and at the beginning of each year. If your son wishes to play in a school performance group, he should contact the relevant Master in Charge/Director.

Your son should remember that once he has committed to a group, attendance is compulsory. He must arrive in time to warm-up and tune before the official start time. If he cannot attend he must always ask the Director of the group for permission and if he is sick he should email the Director before the start of the rehearsal if practical, or when able to.

Music Performance Group Uniform

As representatives of Auckland Grammar School, all music performance group members are required to maintain a high standard of dress at all times.

All members must wear performance uniform when performing to external or internal audiences, including school assemblies. Students are allowed to wear performance uniform for the rest of the school day after an assembly performance.

Our performance uniform is as follows:

Music performance blazer, School tie, white shirt, black trousers, black socks, and polished black shoes (except where there is a specific performance uniform, ie. Pipe Band). All items are available for purchase at the School’s Uniform shop.

The Pipe Band uniform is provided.

Pre-Owned Music Performance Blazers

Please complete this online form if you will have a School music performance blazer to sell. Perhaps your son is leaving the School, is no longer in a Music group, or they have simply outgrown their blazer.

Families who are seeking to purchase a pre-owned School music performance blazer are also invited to complete the online form. In cases of genuine hardship, parents are welcome to discuss uniform issues with Head of Music, Mr Wasson via email.


Parent Portal charges

Charges for itinerant music lessons, instrument and locker hire will be loaded onto the Parent Portal from Term 1, and throughout the School year if applicable. Your prompt payment is appreciated.