Music Programme


During the school year, all students involved in the Remuera Intermediate School Music Programme perform within the school and for the local community, with annual highlights being the International Assembly in Term 1 and the Music Night Showcase Concert at the end of Term 3.

There are several options to choose from if you wish for your child to be involved in Music at RI.

Instrumental Groups

Symphony Orchestra

Remuera Intermediate School Symphony Orchestra is the most amazing opportunity for young orchestral musicians to get involved in. Students learn to play in a group, developing responsibilities and awareness of others. They also learn about time management and self-discipline. Chosen candidates are required to practise orchestral music in their own time at home, as well as be punctual and attend every rehearsal (if one must miss a rehearsal, an email from a parent should be sent to Mrs Issa, stating a reason for any absence).

Full orchestra rehearsals are held every Thursday from 8-9am with additional rehearsals allocated on Fridays 8-9am prior to a performance. Students must commit to a full year and be prepared to play at Awards Assemblies, Competitions and the Music Night Showcase.

The Symphony Orchestra is for students working at GRADE 1 LEVEL & ABOVE. Auditions are held in Term 1.

A successful candidate is required to have:

  • a black folder (bound stitching, for example, Deskwise Clearfile Refillable 20 Page Assorted A4 from the Warehouse),
  • a metronome/tuner - KORG TM50C Tuner Metronome Black
  • a pencil
  • their instrument

Advanced String Orchestra (ASO)

The Advanced String Orchestra is an auditioned group for gifted and talented students conducted by Dr John Thomson, who rehearses with the group every Friday lunchtime. The ASO performs advanced music at Award Assemblies, the Music Night Showcase and at the end of year Prize Giving in Parnell Cathedral.

Auditions for RI Advanced String Orchestra (ASO) are for students working at GRADE 4 & ABOVE. Students who are invited to audition for this group must also be part of the RI Symphony Orchestra. Auditions will be held in Term 1. Please listen out for the notice. 


Chamber Music Groups

Chamber Music Groups are smaller instrumental groups for students of a similar level playing same or different instruments. The Chamber Music Groups may include Piano Duets, Woodwind Trios, Guitar Trios/Quartets, String Quartets, Piano Quintets, etc. A successful Chamber Group will be enrolled for the Lewis Eady Junior Music Competition as well as performing for the Awards Assemblies, the Music Night Showcase and the end of year Prize Giving in Parnell Cathedral.

Violin Lessons

Group violin lessons are offered to students from beginner to Grade 4. No previous experience is required however students should not have a violin teacher outside the school programme. Tuition is provided by Dr John Thomson and lessons are held on Fridays during class time. All students who learn violin are expected to participate in the school orchestra. A limited number of violins are available to rent for $60 per year.

Rock Bands

The Rock Bands are auditioned as spaces are limited. Students need to be competent musicians and be able to commit to a rehearsal time each week until they perform at BandQuest in Term 3. Students learn how to run a rock band and how to write songs for a band. Students also have the opportunity to enter songs in NZ Song competitions, have their original songs professionally recorded by the JamBus and perform at school functions.

Woodwind and Jazz Ensembles

Woodwind and Jazz Ensembles are aimed towards students who have been playing the Woodwind and Brass instruments for 1 year plus and can read music/notes.Students need to have their own private teacher as this is not a lesson based programme. Auditions are held during Term 1, dates to be advised.

Piano Club

This is a performance practice opportunity for all students who love piano and keyboard. However, if a student plays a different instrument, they are also welcome to have a performance practice in front of the class. The Piano Club runs during the whole school year with weekly performances in the music room. Pianists then take turns to perform at weekly School Assemblies.  Students need their own private piano teacher as this is not a lesson programme.

DJ Club

DJ Club is open to all students. Participants learn to mix beats and write their own tracks. At the end of the course, DJ ’s perform their tracks as a musical background to the annual Wearable Arts Show in Term 2.

Guitar and Ukulele Club

Information Coming Soon

Music Teacher

Veronica Issa