Music at Kavanagh is a respected and valued part of the curriculum.
We have a very well-resourced department and students are taught to use music software and a range of instruments from Year 7. Students are able to choose from three different modules during Years 7 to 9.
This course is focussed on developing skills in live performance and sound engineering. It involves learning instrumental and/or vocal skills and building on existing skills in vocals, keyboard, guitars (acoustic, electric and bass) and drums, culminating in solo and group performances of students' own compositions and covers.
This course is focussed on developing skills in computer-based composition and recording. It involves developing instrumental and/or vocal skills and developing or building upon on existing recording and production skills including remixing the school song, developing compositional skills in producing music for games and film, and computer-based music using an online Digital Audio Workstation.
This course is designed to explore the different styles and contexts in which music is performed from rock and roll and reggae, to waiata and western art music. You will explore key music genres through group performance on instruments, composition (instrumental or computer generated) and research.
Within the programme during these years, all students at the school are introduced to the elements of music and through these are taught how to perform, compose and how to listen to music. Within the classroom, students are taught theory (notation, signs and symbols) and aural (listening and analysing) and these skills are applied holistically within the units of study. Students are taught keyboard skills, introduced to guitar, drums and bass guitar and given the opportunity to play string and brass instruments. There is a keen focus on using technology to develop compositional skills utilising our school's BYOD policy. People who have come to Kavanagh with musical skills are encouraged to develop these with extension work and are encouraged to bring their own instruments into the classroom to use. In addition, singing is a big part of music at Kavanagh College and is an integral part of the music lessons.
Kavanagh has an excellent Itinerant Music Teacher Programme where students are able to have free tuition on woodwind, brass or string instruments and the school has a number of instruments that can be hired. Our instrumental teachers are well-respected teachers and performers within their fields and we are lucky to have them working within the school.
The Year 10 option is a one year course developing all aspects of music and those students who have shown appropriate aptitude have the opportunity to gain Level 1 credits in performance.
At all stages, students explore composing, performing and appreciating music.
In Years 9 and 10 the optional music programme develops the initial skills developed in the previous years in performance and composition. The compositional demands are increased and refined to the students' own strengths and students are encouraged to take part in national composition and performance competitions such as the Caritas 'Sing out 4 Justice' competition, the Robbie Rocks Songwriting Competition, the NZ Chamber Music Competition, the SmokeFree RockQuest, NZ Music Month's 'Hook Line and Singalong' songwriting competition. These tasks are completed within class time. When students reach Year 10 Music, some students with the practical skills are asked to focus on preparing for the end of year performances in which they will gain Level 1 performance credits.
Kavanagh has excellent music resources and these are available to students of all year groups and ensembles are encouraged to get together at intervals and lunchtimes.
Music at Kavanagh is a thriving and exciting area. Music is a subject developing the creative and social elements at which all students can achieve, whilst remaining a thoroughly academic subject with standards being offered that can gain students literacy credits.
At a senior level students explore areas of study in performing, composing and analysing music and the context in which it is created. At Level 3 the course is tailored to the individual, focusing on what the learner's strengths are and what they are proposing to do once they leave Kavanagh. All students who are thinking of taking any music or performing arts papers at a tertiary level are tutored to take the Harmony and Tonality exam.
We have a history of students taking Music Scholarship and there is a robust and successful tutorial system in place for this liaising with phenomenal professors from the Otago University Music Department.
Senior Music students are encouraged to be practitioners outside of school, taking up the wide range of performance and composition options available to them in the Dunedin music and performing arts scene.
Students have access to free instrumental lessons within school time and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to take part in at all levels.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of Music.
Tuesday August 23, 2022
Our band Into the Woods will be playing in this years' BandQuest on Saturday evening.
Sunday August 21, 2022
Although we didn't take out a Combo Prize, we scored highly in the individual musician sections.
Wednesday August 17, 2022
Kavanagh has two combos entering this year - Laughing in Berlin, and Goblins for the Vandal.
Tuesday August 2, 2022
Singers from Kavanagh represented at the Southern Country Music Awards at Forbury Park this last weekend.
Wednesday July 6, 2022
Amped is free music workshops, mentoring and all-ages gigs in Term 3, with tutors and guest artists from Dunedin's music community. It's for high school age young people with some experience of performing solo or in a group.
Wednesday July 6, 2022
Your teachers will appreciate you practicing over the holidays. Any instruments left in the Music House at 3pm on Friday will be locked away so please come and retrieve them at lunchtime on Friday if not before.
Friday June 17, 2022
Oliver Lodge came out in the top 4 nationally as Highly Commended in this years' Caritas songwriting composition, with his song "Kia Tu Tahi".
Thursday June 16, 2022
One group from this semester's Live Music Performance group went one step further last week by performing their own composition in assembly!
Monday June 13, 2022
Oliver Lodge and Jamie Hall were the first round winners today of the highly sought-after Music Squad trophy.
Wednesday June 8, 2022
The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is providing free tickets for school students for their concert: Celebrating Matariki - Whakanuia Matariki.
Wednesday June 8, 2022
Friday night saw a return of the annual New Zealand Chamber Music Competition Regional Final.