Music Programme at Chisnallwood

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The music programme is adapted each year to adjust the interests and strengths of students. The following are currently available:

  • There are about 350 students learning instruments from about twenty specialist itinerant teachers who visit the school weekly. Instruments available include violin, cello, keyboard/piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone and vocals. There are a number of instruments available for hire to students. Hip Hop dance lessons are also available.
  • School orchestra. All students are welcome to join the orchestra as soon as they have basic skills on their instrument. Most music is especially arranged for the players.
  • Jazz band. This group provides an excellent opportunity for students to combine classical music skills (such as reading and technique) with more contemporary sounds (such as drum kit and bass guitar). It exposes them to a variety of jazz styles, such as blues, Latin, swing, and ballads. It also gives them experience in combo and big band settings, and gives them some contact with the jazz standard repertoire. It is particularly good for developing their rhythmic feel, and jazz students are able to learn skills like improvising, trading, jazz scales and chords, and phrasing.
  • Chamber group. Each year a small group of players are selected to play in a chamber group. In this environment students are solely responsible for their part. There is no conductor so they must learn to listen and work together.
  • Ukulele Band. A popular performance group for any student interested in developing their ukulele skills.
  • Rua Te Kakano and Pasifika. Chisnallwood School has strong Maori and Pacific cultural groups .
  • Theory club. This popular after-school club learns music theory through interactive games and computer software as well as working through conventional theory books with the opportunity to sit exams.
  • School production. In alternating years the school puts on a major production which involves many music students either in the orchestra or singing on stage.
  • Percussion ensemble. This group is available to any student interested in playing percussion instruments, including drum kit, marimba, and even "found" instruments such as 44-gallon drums.
  • Recorder ensemble. This is for recorder players. The school has bass, tenor and alto recorders available.
  • String ensemble. For Violin, viola, cello and double bass students.
  • Choirs. Performance choir, choreographed choir and Christchurch School's Music Festival choir.
  • Rock Bands. Groove, ensemble skills, rhythm section, vocal technique, stage presence, song writing, setting up a PA.
  • Technical skills. Interested students are trained in sound production, recording and other technical aspects supporting music performance.
  • Computer music. A well-equipped computer music lab is available where students can learn to make their own recordings using a multi-track recording software. The widely used professional notation software "Sibelius" is available as well as other exciting music software. Once students have prepared songs they can use the recording studio to record and edit them, and produce their own CDs. At the end of each year the school produces a CD with highlights from the year's music programme.

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