Music News

Music News

Music Lesson Timetables

Lessons 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.

If your son is absent for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible at j.mackenzie@ags.school.nz.

Attendance System - Gatekeeper

Your son's attendance is registered by a programme called Gatekeeper. It is important that your son remembers to always 'tag on' with the Gatekeeper computer before each lesson and to 'tag off' after a lesson. It is expected that he will promptly return to class.

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 - Term 1, 2020

Music groups perform throughout the year in Assembly.  A schedule of these performances will be availability in the Music Department and on the School Schedule.

Performance Group Membership

Auditions are held 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.

Formal number 1 uniformMusic Performance Group Uniform

Our performance groups sound amazing but also look stunning. From our Pipe Band, in full Clanranald McDonald tartan kilts, to our 60-piece Symphony Orchestra in the #1 uniform, no school in New Zealand looks better when they perform.

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:

- The Pipe Band uniform is provided through Mr Hodson

- All other groups are to wear black trousers, white shirt, black socks, black polished shoes and School tie, with the School blazer. All items can be purchased through the School Shop.

Please complete this online form if you will have a 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 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, b.wasson@ags.school.nz.

Parent Portal charges

Charges for the following will be loaded onto the Parent Portal from Term 1, and throughout the School year if applicable.

  • Itinerant music lessons
  • Musical instrument hire
  • Locker hire

Your prompt payment is appreciated.

2021 Music Camps and Events as at 26.11.20 (additional events may be added)

  • Thursday 28 January: Music Information Evening – 5.30pm, Centennial Theatre
  • Friday 26 - Sunday 28 February: Camp (Grammar Voices and Grammarphonics)
  • Friday 5 - Sunday 7 March: Camp (Premier Concert Band, Wind Band and Grammar Virtuosi)
  • Thursday 18 March: Performance Day 1 (Big Band, Grammar Virtuosi, Grammarphonics, Premier Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band - tbc)
  • Wednesday 31 March – Friday 2 April: National Youth Jazz Competition (Big Band)
  • Thursday 27 May: Choir & Chamber Music Concert
  • Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 June: NZ Chamber Music Competitions – Regional heats
  • Monday 21 – Thursday 24 June: Big Sing Regional Competition
  • Thursday 29 July: Performance Day 2 (Big Band, Grammar Virtuosi, Grammarphonics, Premier Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band - tbc)
  • Monday 2 August: Winter Concert I
  • Wednesday 4 August: Winter Concert II
  • Monday 9 – Saturday 14 August: KBB Music Festival