School Age Programme

Watch our video on school aged classes and see why people love coming to Kids Music Company.

Level 5 (5 years turning 6) = 60 min    and

Level 6 (6 years turning 7) = 60 min

These are one year programmes:

In both these classes we play melodic instruments such as wooden xylophones, marimba, chime bars and non-melodic percussion instruments such as djembe drums, woodblock etc. Instruments are often played in parts, developing understanding of steady beat, rhythm, and pitch. Children begin conventional music literacy and continue the development of in-tune singing with hand signs (see separate note about ‘Sol-fa Singing'). Improvisational opportunities are provided during instrument playing or moving.

Level six includes opportunities to play keyboard (term 2), ukulele (term 3) and recorder (term 4).

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Level 7 (7-9 year olds)  = 60 min. 

This is an instrumentally broad programme that gives children a chance to try a range of instruments in one year. Half of the session is spent learning the basic techniques of the instrument.

  • Term 1: Recorder
  • Term 2: Keyboard
  • Term 3: Ukulele
  • Term 4: Guitar

The remainder of the session involves children in group music making. We move, sing and play a variety of melodic and non-melodic instruments in concert together. (See section on Orff Influence in our Programme)

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One-to-one Instrumental Lessons

Kids Music Company classes develop music foundations.

After that we recommend

Marimba Group 8 year olds = 60 min.

This is an extension group for children who enjoy playing melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments in a group setting. Children will use melodic percussion (xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, tubular bells etc), non-melodic percussion (djembe, conga drums, woodblocks etc) with recorders and flutes in more complex pieces. Creativity will be supported through improvisational opportunities. The emphasis is on making fun music together without the need to do daily practice at home. This is a performance group which will be part of the annual NZ Marimba Festival in central Auckland in October. Enrolment is by audition.

Our Marimba Group is made up of kids who have plenty of musical experience over the years. By playing in the Marimba Group kids continue to build musicality, as well as skills which support all learning: The independent movements of each hand supports brain integration, playing together builds listening skills and social confidence, and the memorised repertoire builds great memories. Click on these links to see them in action. Just look at the concentration on their faces!!

1. Painted Bunting at KMC 2013
2. O Le Pepe at KMC 2013
3. Three plus Five at KMC 2013
4. Beethoven's Funky 5th at KMC 2011 
5. Beethoven's 5th at Sunnynook Primary School 2011 
6. Boris the Bass Man -at Milford Mall 2010 
7. Here comes the Dragon -at KMC 2011 
8. Here comes the Dragon -at SPS 2011 
9. Limbo Rock at Milford Mall 2010 
10. Music for a found harmonium -at SPS 2011 
11. Music for a found harmonium -at KMC 2011 
12. Random -at Milford mall 2010 
13. Rugare -at KMC 2011 

Orff Influence In Our Programme

Wendy and Janet have attended many professional development courses in Orff Schulwerk over the years and have trained to a high level in this methodology. They have presented workshops for teachers at Orff Conferences held in NZ and Australia.

Orff Schulwerk (school work) is a philosophy of holistic music education originated with Carl Orff in Germany and is widely accepted throughout the western world and Asia. Activities develop the whole musical self through fun sessions, which include singing, speech patterns, moving and playing. We begin with simple songs, chants and poems and develop them into complex pieces incorporating playing instruments in many parts, each part relatively simple. These experiences enhance instrumental learning and are a satisfying way to make group music.

Sol-fa singing (Using handsigns)

We use the doh, ray, mi system of singing scales developed in the 19th Century in England by John Curwen. His system uses hand signs to show a pitch in a visual form. This helps children to focus on a single note at a time and "see" as well as hear the pitch in relation to another note. These hand signs were adapted after the second world war in Hungary by Zoltan Kodaly.