Rock School

The Rock School Program is open to students across the school. This program includes several bands and ensembles which play a wide range of styles covering contemporary music from different genres and decades. Rock School aims to develop students to be competent performers with a foundation of knowledge that is relevant to playing in a professional band. Each group works on choosing relevant songs, performance technique, technical set up, live production and recording techniques. Rock School features Vocal, Guitar, Bass Guitar Keyboard and Percussion as well as additional collaborations with other areas such as Brass and Woodwind.

Rock School ensembles have performance opportunities across Canterbury at lunchtimes and at local community events.

Ensembles may vary from year to year and may include:

Acoustic Girls Band is a group that is open to girls of all ages across Canterbury. This group plays covers of popular music in a range of styles and incorporates songwriting as part of the program.

The Guitar Trio is a senior trio of players featuring guitar, bass guitar and drum kit. Students must be at Rock School Grade 6 level and above to be considered for this group.

Guitar Ensemble plays instrumental versions of classic Rock and Pop songs as well as famous soundtracks to movies. There is a strong focus on developing improvisation skills and guitar “solos” feature in most pieces played by a range of different players.

Guitar Ensemble is for Secondary School students and invited advanced Junior School students.

This is a fun group but also builds important skills with music reading and introducing younger students to ensemble playing. The group helps develop guitarists through playing at different ability levels to move up the program into the more senior groups. Junior Guitar Ensemble is open to guitarists in the Junior School that have reached a basic level.

Percussion Ensemble is open to all percussion players from beginner through to advanced and perform diverse pieces from screen, pop, and percussion specific music.  Percussion Ensemble also includes drum line and alternate instruments from the traditional percussion instruments.

Percussion Students playing at gala

There are many separate bands within Rock School and students of all levels and experience are encouraged to join Rock School bands.  Placement in bands will be determined by the number of students and type of music they are interested in. Bands are open to both Junior School and Secondary School students.