The College has a well established Performing Arts Department which provides many opportunities for students to unleash their talents. Curricular Music and Drama are catered for to Scholarship level and students can also study Dance to Level 2.  

 

In 2003 our state of the art Performing Arts Centre was completed at a cost of $1.7 Million. The building contains 8 studio rehearsal spaces, A large dance studio, a purpose built recording studio, as well as 5 large subject specific classrooms. The music side also contains a dedicated senior composition lab. Two of the classrooms can be opened up to create an intimate performance space, seating 110. The building also contains a larger theatre venue which seats up to 400.The major musical and senior play are held in the larger space while class plays and recitals are held in the multi-purpose studio.

 

As well as extensive performance opportunities students also gain experience with many aspects of the latest theatre technology. A range of sound and lighting consoles as well as moving light technology mean we can provide a industry like experience for our student technicians. Video and audio links are provided throughout the building.

 

Howick College Performing Arts graduates are scattered throughout the entertainment and associated industries. We have a mentor programme in place, which connects these professionals with our students on a regular basis.

 

View some of our past Performing Arts events here. More photos can also be viewed in the Arts and Culture webpage here.

Drama

Why Drama?

Drama is the fastest growing subject in the country. As well as providing a grounding for those who are going on to tertiary performance it provides a wonderful opportunity for all students to develop resilience, confidence and a wide range of highly transferable skills. All senior Drama classes provide public performance opportunities through the year.

Music

Why do Music?

Music education provides students with many opportunities for self-expression and assists them to develop their full potential. It helps students make sense of sound and to appreciate the aesthetic qualities in the sounds of natural and technological environments. In music, students also learn unique approaches to problem solving through the active and reflective processes of both listening to and making music.
 
Music education enables all students to contribute to the cultural life of their schools, families and communities through making and sharing music. It also makes available to students a wide range of future opportunities in arts-related employment.
  
Where does Music lead?
 Music enables students to participate in a variety of performance and composing situations and it allows students to continue to appreciate and enjoy music as an interest or as a career.
These industries have music as an important component:
Entertainment, Broadcasting, Multimedia production, Education, Music Therapy.
 
 
Itinerant Music Scheme
As well as opting to participate in the many music groups and courses that are offered, students can choose to also take music tuition in the following:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum kit and Voice.

The tuition is provided by professional teachers who come to the college each week. The lessons take place during school time in small groups on a rotating timetable so that students do not miss the same class each week. We have some instruments available for hire. Students taking Music as a subject get first priority for lessons and we welcome both beginner and experienced players. There is usually more demand for lessons than there are places available so a student's continued participation is dependant on their commitment and progress throughout the year. Enrolment takes place in the first two weeks of Term One each year.
 
Itinerant Teachers:
Tala ‘Ofamooni                Drums
Clo Chaperon                  Vocal
John Seagar                    Violin/Viola
Anthony Young                Composition/Harmony/Aural
Patricia Robertson-Bickers      Cello/Double Bass
Yih-Hsin Huang               Woodwind/French Horn
Hamish Arthur                 Trumpet/Trombone

Alister Morrison               Guitar/Electric Bass

Dance

Why do Dance?

Dance is a vital and integral part of human life. It exists in many forms and styles, and is practised in all cultures.

Dance promotes personal and social well-being by developing students' self-esteem, social interaction and confidence in physical expression. It is an essential component of artistic, aesthetic and cultural education.
 
In Dance, students learn the basic principles, concepts and practices of dance through practical experience and theoretical study.
  
Where does Dance lead? 
A school background in Dance is useful for any person wishing to train as secondary, primary or early childhood teacher, studio dance teacher, professional dancer or choreographer or in the performing arts industry in general.
 
Dance is helpful in any career as it gives you the confidence to present information in front of an audience and teaches you to work as a team member.

Curriculum