A real strength of our school and what makes us unique, is the multiple opportunities our students have to be involved in The Arts and to grow their musical talents and abilities. If you walk into our school on any given day, you will hear music instruments playing, songs being sung and a bit of dance action going on!
Below outlines the opportunities available as well as, all the information you need to know if your child wishes to learn an instrument or take dance lessons.
An all-comers choir for children in Years 5 -8. They rehearse from 8.30 to 9.20am on Tuesdays. The main focus is participation in our Music Assemblies and the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival.
Christchurch School of Music Band Programme
The Christchurch School of Music teach the standard instruments of a Concert Band or American Marching Band: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone,Trumpet, Trombone, Bass guitar.
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Itinerant Music & Dance Tutors
To assist families who wish for their children to have additional music or dance tuition, we host tutors to run their private lessons at our school during school hours as an extracurricular activity. The school has no other responsibility for these extracurricular activities. Enrolment in any programme, along with any financial arrangement, is only between the parent/caregiver and the private tutor.
If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument or in dance lessons please see the information from the music and dance tutors below.
Piano Lessons – Jenny Cain
I have been teaching piano for over 40 years, including 25 years at Halswell School.
With over five years of teaching experience, my approach to music education centers on patience, practice, and personalised learning methods.
EduSing – Singing lessons
EduSing is a music education programme using the voice as the instrument. We learn singing technique and music knowledge, side by side and it’s fun! Our trained song leaders take the groups through our carefully designed course in a friendly, supportive environment. It’s cost effective and a major bonus for any student or school.
The creator of EduSing has a PhD in education, a masters in vocal performance, and a 25 year performing career in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and choral music.
Hip Hop Dance Lessons
Lunchtime hip hop lessons are offered to all students at Halswell School from new entrants up to Year 8 students. No experience is needed, and there are no auditions for our general groups, which include children ranging from complete beginners to experienced dancers.
Learn to play your favourite songs and have some fun! All musical aspects taught including Practical & Theory.
GUITAR Tutor – Sandra Wilson (Teacher for 20 years/Performer/Songwriter)
Drum lessons are available for students in Year 3 and above. Drum-kit students will develop the following skills:
Come and learn Violin or Viola, year 3 and up in individual or small group lessons during school time.