Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture @ Katikati College

Cultural and Performance Arts Opportunities abound at Katikati College. Play the Steel Pans, learn Tongan dancing, dance at Stage Challenge, compete at Talent Quest and Lip Synch or join Kapa Haka! Music is a vibrant part of the school. Our
extracurricular program currently boasts a Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pasifika Choir, numerous student led Rock Bands, Chamber groups and three Steel Bands. Katikati College is the only school in New Zealand to offer Steel Panning as part of the extracurricular Music programme.

We currently offer government funded Itinerant music lessons in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn and Tuba. While private lessons within school are available for Singing, Piano, Keyboard, Rock Guitar and Drums, the school also boasts strong ties with the Community Concert Band, Adult Steel Band and the Tauranga Symphonia.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Katikati College provides a wide range of extracurricular activities for students to be involved in. These include:

  • Choir
  • Debating
  • Divas & Divos
  • Drama
  • Jazz Band
  • Junior Art Show
  • Junior Arts Promenade
  • Kapa Haka
  • Lip Synch
  • Music Tuition
  • Pasifika Groups
  • Peer Support
  • Rock Bands
  • Senior Art Trip | Wellington
  • Senior Folio Exhibition
  • Stage Challenge
  • Shakespeare Competition
  • Steel Pans
  • Talent Quest
  • Theatre Sports
  • Tongan Dancing

Performing Arts Specialist Course

This course could include any of the following areas. In any one year, clarification should be obtained from Katikati College regarding any timetable clashes between the subjects and with other subjects the student wishes to follow.

This course offers a variety of choices and opportunities:

  • Tuition in two instruments
  • Music theory
  • Music Performance opportunities
  • Drama Production
  • Sound and Lighting
  • Kapa Haka Performance opportunities


Year 12 Music Course Content (5 hours over 6 days)

Individual and group performances, composition, research, aural, score reading, sound technology.This course introduces an element of choice thereby giving students a chance to work on their strengths.

Areas of Focus:

  • Compulsory Score Reading
  • Aural
  • Solo Performance
  • NZ Music Research
  • Optional Composition
  • Instrumentation
  • Group Performance
  • Sound technology

Year 13 Music Course Content (5 hours over 6 days)

This course caters to student’s individual requirements, under the guidance of the Head of Department. This can include performance, composition, harmonic analysis, aural, research and music technology.


Year 12 Drama Course Content (5 hours over 6 days)

Students will learn how to incorporate the drama components of elements, conventions, techniques, and technologies into performance work within a range of opportunities. Students will attend at least one live theatre performance during the course.

Maori Performing Arts: Te Waharoa

Students will learn the history of Maori

performance and learn how to pronounce Maori language in context of performance. Performance will be held both in the school or on the marae. Performance mediums include Waiata (song), Waiata-a-Ringa, Poi, Haka and Whakaraka (games)

Music Tuition

Students have weekly small group lessons in their chosen instrument/s. All lessons are half and hour to an hour long and occur during school hours. Most instruments can be loaned or hired. It is expected that pupils playing a brass, woodwind or steel pan instrument will be part of an appropriate school group. A number of Music practice rooms are available before and after school in the Music Department for students use.

We run a two tiered system at Katikati College, where some lessons are funded by the government and others cost students on a weekly basis. Our free lessons are in Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Euphonium, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Group Singing, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. Those lessons that have weekly charges are Piano, Drums, Electric guitar, Individual Singing and Steel Panning.

Music Knowledge

Students have individual programmes which

are developed to suit the student. In can include devising an instrumentation, composition, arrangement, investigating a particular NZ music genre and researching a music topic.

Performance Opportunities

Katikati College and the wider Bay of Plenty area offers a wide range of Musical opportunities. Music students are expected to be involved in a selection of the following, depending on skill, instrument and interests:
  • Chamber Music groups
  • Rock Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Concert Band
  • Pan Pana (NZ’s only youth Steel Band)
  • Pacifika Choir
  • Kapa Haka

Opportunties in the wider district are:

  • Katikati Concert Band (Local town Band)
  • Tauranga Brass band
  • BOP Symphonic Band
  • Tauranga Highland Pipe Band
  • Tauranga Civic Choir
  • Rotorua Rhapsody
  • Waikato Band competitions
  • Katikati Mens Choir

Sound and Lighting

Technical support (sound and lighting) for all school events, performances and productions, together with a range of community events in the school auditorium, is provided by a team of senior students under staff supervision.Facilities and equipment are well set up in a purpose-built room cantilevered over the rear of the auditorium.Whilst not incorporated into a formal course of study this provides another avenue for broadening experience and skills

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