The vision of John McGlashan College is to foster the tradition of music by providing a compulsory music programme in Junior Years at the College. This enables and enhances creativity and performance development.

Benefits from the scheme include improved memory, reasoning skills, concentration, brain organization and coordination. Co-operation, teamwork and self-expression are also developed. Personal development in terms of confidence, enjoyment, self-directed learning and personal creativity can all flourish.

John McGlashan College Music Department provides a wide range of musical opportunities. Students at all levels are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of bands, chamber, choirs and vocal groups.


The following instrumental tuition is offered:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Percussion
  • Voice. 


Students can also participate in the following ensembles or performances: 

  • Chamber Music and Orchestra
  • 'Brotherhood' Choir 
  • Junior Choir
  • Kapa Haka Group
  • Jazz Band    
  • School Production
  • RockQuest and BandQuest
  • Play it Strange
  • Amped Music Project
  • Otago Festival Week Performances


The Music Department creates as many performance opportunities as possible. Senior groups have, in the past, been involved in music camps where they mentor young budding musicians.  

The Department also participates in Religious services and Assemblies where appropriate as part of our school’s Special Character. 

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. - Elliot Eisner

Its UNESCO International Arts Education Week, so lets take some time to celebrate arts education at John McGlashan College.

Posted: Wednesday May 8, 2019

Cultural Blues 2018

Cultural Blues were awarded several weeks ago for excellence in achievement and service across a wide range of cultural and artistic disciplines, including both the performing and visual arts. This year has been a particularly successful one for the college, with twelve recipients.

Posted: Wednesday November 7, 2018

Spotlight on the Arts

Delve deeper into the departments of drama, visual art, and music and discover what makes these departments tick.

Posted: Tuesday October 23, 2018

Arts Blues 2018

Now is the time to put forward nominations for Arts Blues 2018.

Posted: Monday September 10, 2018