Our senior Music curriculum is designed around the interests and needs of our girls. Whether you want to specialise in a particular discipline, be it performance or composition, or are interested in a particular genre, e.g. classical, contemporary popular, jazz, the Music course provides the skill and knowledge development to allow you to be the best musician you can be for NCEA and beyond. You will have the opportunity to perform solo or ensemble music, mentored by internationally-trained
musicians and specialists. You will learn to compose, arrange and record original songs or works for your solo instrument or ensemble, and develop conducting and rehearsal skills. You will analyse and discuss masterpieces of the musical canon, unpack and understand the evolution of cultural and popular genres of the 20th and 21st century, and read detailed and advanced scores using notation, chord charts and lead sheets. Through honing these skills you will develop the knowledge needed to learn about music genres and iconic performing artists through listening, playing, researching and analysing; refine your understanding of notation and music theory; develop your knowledge of instruments from all cultures, both acoustic and electronic; and interview and meet music industry professionals to learn how music skills are applied to creative industries.
Our senior Drama curriculum is tailored to the interests and needs of our girls. Whether you want to specialise in a particular area of drama or production, the Drama course provides the skill and knowledge development to allow you to be the best drama practitioner you can be, both to achieve at NCEA and to become involved in the world of theatre. There are many creative and interesting ways to participate in the creation of drama beyond performing on the stage. You will have the opportunity to perform solo or group drama performances, develop rehearsal and performance
skills and techniques. You can write scripts, devise your own drama pieces and learn to direct others. You will learn about different types of theatre forms, explore the different skills and roles that exist in performance, theatre and film; and gain in depth knowledge and experience of production skills such as stage makeup, lighting, sound, props and sets. You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields.