Music plays an important role at Villa Maria. Music instruction builds confidence and esteem, and can improve socialization, communication, and academic skills. Individual and group achievements feature nationally each year at Villa.
Vivace is our advanced senior choir and has made the national finale of the Big Sing competition the past three years. The 2014 Gold medal they received places them as one of the top 6 choirs in the country. The choral and singing programme is now fully integrated featuring four choirs from Villanella in years 7-8 and Prima Voce in years 9-10 to Con Brio and Vivace in years 10-13. Expert singing lessons are provided in individual and group settings making then accessible and affordable for everyone.
Individual tuition is available on many instruments free of charge for strings, woodwind, and brass, and for a small fee, drums and keyboard. Instruments are available for hire directly from the school.
There are many performance opportunities throughout the year both at Villa and in the community. Major festivals include The Big Sing, The Voices Festival, Jazz Quest, National Chamber competition and many more. Ensembles available to students include the choirs, Jazz combo, rock bands, orchestra, and various instrumental ensembles. Solo performance is also encouraged and often leads to NCEA performance exams.