Teacher in charge

Mr Ivan Patterson


Throughout the year


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Instrument hire costs and additional travel costs

The Scots College Music Department is part academic department and part performing arts company.

About the Music Department

The Scots College Music Department is part academic department and part performing arts company.

First and absolutely foremost, we serve an important educational role, helping students develop the skills that help them become successful and well-rounded students and members of the community. The skills learned in music classes and ensembles help our students to develop creativity, sensitivity and responsibility. The study of music also helps our students to become more successful in their other subject areas and is very beneficial when students apply to universities. 

“To be able to tell your interviewers when applying for medical entry that you are a skilled musician does no harm at all. It tells us that you have other interests, you are focused and dedicated (lots and lots of practice) and you have a creative side. It doesn’t guarantee you a place but is the sort of thing we look for in-well rounded medical students.”
– Professor John Fraser. Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland

“A number of our best law students have studied music to a senior level. I have no doubt that the discipline required to study music and the brain development which the study of music enhances are a major asset for studying law and other disciplines.”
– Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, University of Otago

Music Scholarships are based on a competitive audition and review of student records to ensure success in both the demanding performance work and the challenging academic programs. Students who are in year 6 or 8 are eligible to audition.

Instrument & Voice Lessons

Enjoy the amazing benefits of learning and playing a musical instrument. Lessons are available in most instruments (including voice) and a high-quality set of groups are looking for willing members.  Book a lesson online

Music Groups

We encourage all musicians to be an active member of at least one music group. It teaches musical discipline and encourages friendships alongside preparing for many high-profile events. Discover more about the Scots music groups online.

Holiday Music Programmes

We offer holiday music programs to both our students and to students from other schools. Our January Bootcamp is for Scots boys only and has been highly successful.

Visiting Professionals

Music students are treated to visits and workshops by professionals from NZ School of Music, NZ Symphony Orchestra, Award winning film composer and sound editor Stephen Gallagher, and the Royal NZ Air Force Band to name a few!

International Success

Gareth Barker – Australia’s Got Talent

Thomas Atkins – Tenor and Kiri te Kanawa protege, London

Tim Hawley – International Opera singer, winner Sun Aria competition

Chris Faiumu – Fat Freddy’s Drop

Sam Sproull – Record Producer based in Melbourne, NZ Music Award for Best Rock Album in November 2016


Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact:
Mr Ivan Patterson
Head of Music

Our Location

Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore Park
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
New Zealand