Loopy Tunes started in 2010, as an Outreach Preschool Music Programme at Beckenham Methodist Church,
run by a small group of volunteers from the Church. It has now grown to eight weekly outreach sessions
around Christchurch (click here for more info on these), mostly run by us, Siu and Leah.
The vision for Loopy Tunes was to offer music to local whānau that was live, interactive, affordable and fun.
We wanted to offer a space that created a sense of community for parents/caregivers and children.
What's with the name?
The meaning behind our name is all to do with where Loopy Tunes began - Beckenham Methodist Church...
which is situated within the Beckenham 'Loop'.
So, there you go... wish we could have given you a more exciting tale of pirates and fairies - would've been way more exciting! haha!
A little bit about Siu and Leah
We grew up in the same house. One of us is the outgoing baby of the family, and the other is the diplomatic middle child.
The creative genius behind Loopy Tunes. This is her brainchild, which she developed with members of her Church.
Instrumentally, she has a background as a clarinetist/saxophonist, after starting on the recorder and piano as a child, and is a self-taught guitarist.
Vocally, she has performed as a lead singer/saxophonist with the Mainland Big Band, sung solo gigs and duets, and regularly leads Youth Service worship bands through her work with the Methodist Church, as the Children and Youth Ministries Co-ordinator for the Central South Island.
Our main action lady has been with Loopy Tunes from the start, and loves all the moves Siu makes her do!!!
Instrumentally, she grew up learning the piano and recorder, then progressed to the flute. She has been teaching the flute for almost 20 years, previously at Christchurch School of Music, with some itinerant relief work and private tuition. She has a Bachelor of Music, in Music Education, from the University of Canterbury.
Vocally, she sings at home and in the car with her music-loving children and hubby (and at Loopy Tunes, of course!).