Instrumental Classes Available

Guitar

From 8yrs old. Always a popular choice and a waiting list is in operation for this year. We have a total of 9 classes from beginners to intermediate level players. All guitar lessons teach strum patterns and different chord techniques. Tableture is taught in all groups.

Bass Guitar

A new class to be offered in 2011 if enough interest is generated. Pupils will require their own bass guitar and small practise amp to bring to lesson.

Ukulele

From 5yrs old. An excellent instrument to have an enjoyable introduction to music lessons. Pupils will learn strum patterns and basic TAB notation. Pupils will ideally progress into guitar. You will need your own Ukulele.

Recorder 1

From 5 yrs. An excellent grounding for budding wind players. Pupils will learn basic notation, rhythm and breath control and would ideally progress to flute, clarinet, bagpipes & sax.

Recorder 2

Must have done Recorder 1 for 1 year. Pupils will now learn more complex rhythmic patterns in music and playing in the upper register and harmonisation.

Keyboard

From 7 yrs old. A great instrument to give a good all round grounding. Basic note rhythm reading skills are tackled and pupils work through the "Hal Leonard" tutor books. (Pupils will need to purchase a tutor book)

Bagpipes

From 9yrs. Prefer to have done a year on recorder. Tuition for this instrument is also open to adults. Chanters are loaned at no charge from The Taupo Pipe Band.

Saxophone

From 10yrs- Suitable for past recorder and clarinet players. Older newcomers and adults catered for too. Tutor books are required for every pupil and these will be available from TSOM.

Saxophone Int

For players who have learned for more than one year. A Tutor book is required to be purchased. Intermediate Sax players will routinely be offered a place in the Taupo Youth Wind Band.

Clarinet

From 9 yrs. Prefer to have done a year on recorder. A tutor book will be required. Pupils will be taken through reading of notation and rhythm with their clarinet.

Violin

From 5 yrs. An ever popular instrument ! 7 classes are currently offered for beginner to Adv level. Beginners will learn about music notation and rhythm. Players can move onto Cello at age 9. Intermediate level players can be introduced to the Lake Taupo Chamber Orchestra.

Flute

From 8 yrs. Prefer to have done one year on recorder. Pupils will be taken through basic notation and rhythm with their flute. A tutor book will be required

Cello

From 9 yrs. A beautiful instrument. Intermediate level players can be introduced to the Lake Taupo Chamber Orchestra.

Trumpet

From 8yrs- Popular with both boys and girls there are 5 classes from beginner level to intermediate level. Players can progress to other brass instruments with relative ease. Intermediate players will routinely be invited to join the Taupo Youth Wind Band. A tutor book may be required.

Cornet

From 8yrs. - The cornet is a good option for physically smaller pupils. Taught in the same class as trumpets.

Tenor Horn

From 8yrs- Another brass instrument suitable for beginners. Intermediate level players will routinely be offered a place in the Taupo Youth Wind Band.

Mini Maestros

(Pre-school) - 1yr to 5yrs old. This is a fun music group for preschoolers and their parents. There are between 6 and 15 children in each class and the groups are taken by 2 tutors. Children will begin to hear sounds such as major & minor and scales, loud & soft, stop & go. The emphasis, however, is on fun and the children love to see" Jake the Snake" and "Curtis the crocodile" visit twice a term. They also love to try out the "Big Bass Drums" and have fun with the ducks and the bubbles. It is free to try out this group and these groups run differently from the rest of TSOM in that children sign up for 1 term at a time.

 

These groups are held at St Pauls Union Church, cnr of Tamamutu and Rifle Range Roads, on Tuesday mornings during term time only.