The Music Department is a vibrant hub of energy, with a classroom full of keyboards, a small suite of computers and five practice studios adjacent to the beautiful Performing Arts Centre.
Music is an integral part of society and enriches communities. People gain a lot of joy through music both playing and listening. Through engagement with music at school, students will carry this joy throughout their lives. Music also teaches patience, discipline, concentration and helps foster leadership and relational skills and personal confidence.
Students taking Music as a subject will develop their skills and understanding in Music, Solo and Group Performance, original Composition, Music Theory, Aural and the History and Contexts of Music.
Please see Music pathways for further information about where music can take you.
The Itinerant Music lesson programme and School Music groups are a vital part of Music students' learning.
Please see the Extracurricular page for further information on these.
Rosemary Russell – HOD Music
BA (Music), LTCL, LRSM, Dip. Tchg
Rosemary Russell is the Music Head of Department. She brings a wealth of knowledge from many years as a pianist, singer, composer and conductor. Having taught at Naenae College, Tawa Primary School, and Queen Margaret College, she began here at Sacred Heart in 2013.
Currently Rosemary sings and assists with Orpheus Choir, Note Bene Chamber Choir and is the accompanist for Wellington Young Voices Children's Choir. Involved in Titahi Bay Community Church for 30 years as a pianist, singer and worship leader, Rosemary composed a Christmas Carol, "Celebrate Jesus", in 2015 for the girls at Sacred Heart College.
Teaching Music to Years 9, 12 and 13 she enjoys fostering a joy for music and encourages students to participate in itinerant music lessons as well as our many music groups such as Jazz Band, Orchestra, Chamber Music, Barbershop and Choir.
Mike Isaacs – Music Teacher
BMus (Honors), Dip. Tchg
Mike Isaacs is the Assistant Music Teacher. Having studied Performance Jazz majoring in Saxophone at the New Zealand School of Music he received a Bachelor of Music with first class honors.
After University Mike continued to have an active part in the Wellington music scene, recording and touring internationally with bands such as the Rodger Fox Big Band. In more recent times, Mike is focused on writing and recording his own music.
Mike’s strengths are in recording and Jazz. Teaching Jazz Band at Sacred Heart College, Mike has a very inclusive approach to music and has tried to pass on his passion for sound art and recording to the girls since joining the staff in 2016.
|left: Mike Isaacs|
Ahna Jensen – Music Administrator
BMus, BA (Honors), Accredited SECE, Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher
Ahna Jensen is the Music Administrator at Sacred Heart College. A past pupil of the College she is currently undertaking further postgraduate study in Music Education.
Having learnt the violin since she was small she has a passion for fostering a joy of music in others. Completing her Suzuki registration, she began further study in Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education (SECE) in 2017. Teaching violin, cello, string ensemble and SECE classes around Wellington Ahna continues to perform with the Wellington Youth Orchestra, Kapiti Concert Orchestra and various chamber groups.
At Sacred Heart College, Ahna runs the itinerant music programme. Having studied composition at the New Zealand School of Music she assists with arranging music for the Orchestra, Junior Ensemble and Liturgies.