Music is a part of every day life for most cultures. Participation in and the study of different styles increases our understanding and enjoyment of it. There is also satisfaction and pleasure to be gained from developing practical knowledge in music, developing ideas in music, communicating and interpreting in music and understanding music in context.

 Southland Girls' High School music courses aim to provide students with opportunities for self-expression and assist them to develop to their full potential. Students gain skills in performing, composing, analysing and listening. These skills are developed in and through a range of musical contexts.

Year 7 Musical Showcase

Every Year 7 students gets the opportunity to take part in Musical Showcase with one of our specialist Music teachers for one semester.  The learning package is designed to build on students' wide range of previous musical experiences, and covers aspects such as theory, group performance and musical appreciation.

Years 9 and 10 Music: Thinking With Sound

This 1st semester course, focuses on technology involved in making music. Some of the topics covered will include computer-based composition, recording, music editing and group performance.

Music: Deciphering The Code

This 2nd semester course, re‑examines the basic notational and rhythmic conventions of Music, and sets them within a wide range of musical activities, contexts and genres.

Students will develop theory skills, experiment with composition, explore tonal quality and timbre, and look at a wide range of music in the world around them.

Although this is a stand alone learning package, the course sets in place skills which will be useful for those interested in taking up the advanced Music: The Rhythm Of Life course.

Music: The Rhythm Of Life

This advanced full year course offers a wide range of musical experiences, linked to aspects of the Level 1 NCEA Music programme.  Students will have the opportunity to extend their performance skills, explore composition (in particular utilising Sibelius), examine Music Works from a wide range of musical eras and develop aural skills.

Students are encouraged to learn an instrument, and are often active participants in the Itinerant Music Scheme, where students receive individual or small group tuition in their chosen instruments. This course is an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to study either NCEA Music 101.

Senior Music 101

This is a full year course covering a wide range of musical contexts and activities, including solo and group performance, composition, music works analysis, and both aural and musical theory skills.  Students are expected to be taking weekly lessons (either privately, or through the Itinerant Music Scheme) on an instrument or singing, as performance plays a large part of the course.

Music 201

This full year course builds on the skills covered in Music 101, with the addition of basic instrumentation skills.  Students are expected to be taking weekly lessons (either privately, or through the Itinerant Music Scheme) on an instrument or singing, as performance plays a large part of the course.  Students are also expected to contribute to musical activities at school.

Music 301

This full year course builds on the skills covered in Music 101 Music 201, although students (in consultation with the Head of Department) build a programme to suit their particular needs and interests.  Students are expected to be taking weekly lessons (either privately, or through the Itinerant Music Scheme) on an instrument or singing, and to contribute to musical activities at school.

Sound Tech 201

This course offers the opportunity for students with less prior experience in Music to study as part of their interests, and provides a possible pathway into future study in the area of Audio Engineering.  Although Music based, the course has many applications in the fields of Drama and Dance.  Students will use technology to both enhance live performances, and keep a record of those performances.  In addition, students will gain experience in setting up and using recording and sound reinforcement equipment, and audio production software.

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