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. 

Music at McGlashan

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Posted: Wednesday February 22, 2017

Congratulations - Noah Linscott

Noah Linscott has been accepted for the New Zealand School of Music. .  

Posted: Tuesday September 13, 2016

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Posted: Thursday February 11, 2016

Year 10 Arts Week

On the week of the 23rd of November, four Year 10 classes set off on the annual Arts Week, provided by the school alongside the Ministry of Education. Here are some diary entries by two Year 10 students.

Posted: Sunday November 29, 2015