St Matthew’s has a long and proud tradition of musical excellence. Our state-of-the-art music suite, variety of tuition options and strong performance focus combine to produce high levels of participation, enjoyment and success.
From an early age students gain an overview and grounding in music and have multiple opportunities to explore areas of interest. Music is taught as a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 9, after which it becomes an option.
Our modern music suite includes four dedicated practice rooms, one of which is a band rehearsal room complete with drum kit and amplifiers. Two high-quality pianos, computers for research and composition and a range of instruments are available.
Private tuition in woodwind, brass, voice, piano, string and drums is available at St Matthew’s from our team of experienced itinerant teachers. Girls at Senior College can pursue their music lessons often with the same teachers. For details of 2018 lessons and to enrol, please fill in this form.
An integral part of school cultural life, St Matthew’s musicians love to perform. Girls have multiple opportunities to extend themselves and showcase their talents through performance at musical productions, prize giving, carol services, House Music and concerts.
The highly-contested and entertaining annual House Music Competition involves all girls and performs to a capacity audience.
Depending on their interest and ability, girls can join the orchestra, various choirs, jazz and rock bands and the Wairarapa Youth Concert Band.
The combined St Matthew’s Rathkeale choir, Viva Camerata, performs regularly and competes in the national Big Sing competition. Some of our students enrol in the NZ School of Music’s Young Musician Programme. St Matthew’s singing pupils regularly achieve outstanding results in competitions in the Wellington region.