From the Music Suite at St John's College . . .



Tuition by our specialist instrumental teachers is available on a wide range of instruments at St. John’s. Brass, strings and Woodwind instruments are provided free. It is preferable for Year 9 and compulsory for Years 10-13 Option Music students to receive instrumental lessons. This is because directed learning is an integral part of the academic course. It is not compulsory if your son is studying the Years 12-13 Non-Performance Option Music Course. Any student in the College can learn an instrument at any time in any year.

We are very proud to have the following talented and respected teachers in our team:

  • Strings & String Ensemble – Mrs Hilary Baker
  • Piano – Mrs Sally Rutgers
  • Voice and Brass – Mrs Karoline Roberts
  • Guitar and Bass – Mr Neil Matcheson
  • Drums – Mr Joe Atkin
  • Woodwind & Junior Band – Mr Dean Roberts
  • Pipes – provided externally
  • Senior Band – Mr Christopher Wilson

Click the following link to download a tuition form


Senior Band

The Jazz Band is a great introduction to Jazz, Swing and Funk styles and participates in band competitions and festivals both locally and nationally. It allows players of intermediate and advanced levels to specialise their development.

Junior Band

The Junior Band is the perfect place for beginner and intermediate players to discover the exciting world of music and the awesomeness of playing in a group.

Vocal Group

The Choir sings for Masses, in the community and enters The Big Sing competition. Though they sing a broad range of music, Barbershop is a particular favourite style.

Combined St. John’s and Sacred Heart Concert Band

The band performs in concerts and festivals, such as the Hawke’s Bay Festival of Bands, and to our feeder primary/intermediate schools. It is an exciting group that benefits from the breadth of instruments, the repertoire such a group lends itself and the strengths, experience and skills of the players. It plays a range of music from TV and film, rock and pop as well as atmospheric and dramatic.

Assembly Band

This important group supports whole-school singing in Assembly. They give a harmonic and driving accompaniment to the student and staff body for the St. John’s Anthem, National Anthem and sacred and secular inspirational songs.

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