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. 

Arts Blues 2018

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

Posted: Monday September 10, 2018

Chamber Music Regional Finals

First place this year for Toitū Trio!

Posted: Wednesday June 27, 2018

Singing Big!

Boys from McGlashan combined choir this year with Columba.

Posted: Wednesday June 27, 2018

Cultural Spotlight... Music

Ed Sheeran gets to meet his idol, Rylan Urquhart!

Posted: Monday April 2, 2018