College – Issue 31

MUSIC DEPARTMENT The Music School’s big spruce up

Visitors to the Music School Block situated under the leafy trees on Rolleston Avenue bridge will certainly notice some recent changes.

The interior has had a major spruce up with walls repainted, new carpet, woodwork re-varnished and new window coverings and blinds. Large bright pictures have been hung on the walls. “We have had a good clear out because sometimes we all get used to our surroundings and don’t notice them,’’ says Music School teacher Nick Coxon. “We’ll have new desks upstairs soon, and the basement is going to be fixed to cater for louder equipment used for rock music.

“We’ve got new sound equipment in both teaching rooms which is easier to use and technically superior, a new suite for the Big Band and a whole new suite of equipment for rock music.” Nearly a quarter of the school learns a musical instrument and there are 11 itinerant teachers. The most popular instrument is the guitar, followed by the piano. A recent addition to the team of experienced itinerant teachers

is well-respected Christchurch musician and rock educator Nolan Hungerford who will work with developing bands and tutor in contemporary music. “We want to make sure we have a wide range of musical options available for the boys,’’ says Robert Aburn. “Such was the popularity of the new option that we had 26 boys registering their interest on the day it was announced.’’




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