Birkenhead College is well-known for its music programmes and its high participation in music. Our programme has strong contemporary elements with a focus on song writing and performance, which allows our students to explore and expand their creativity and musical knowledge. We offer a wide variety of activities that we encourage our students to be involved in. These include both solo and group song-writing/composition and performance (which includes opportunities to perform at Smoke-free Rockquest, Tangata Beats, Stand Up Stand Out, and Lion Foundation song-writing competitions). In addition to this we run a Concert band, Jazz band, and a Choir. Music is encouraged at all levels and tuition for most instruments is provided by our experienced itinerant tutors. Student achievement in this programme has become a focus for community interaction and involvement through high profile music performances at all levels. We also have a recording studio for students to immerse themselves in and learn the art of sound production.
MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAMME
Specialist music tuition available at the school:
Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, Cello and Double Bass.
Song-writing and performance techniques for both singer song-writers and bands are embedded in both the specialist itinerant programme in the classroom by the schools’ Music teachers.
MUSIC ENSEMBLES AND SONGWRITING/PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS
Musicians have the opportunity to be involved in the following groups: