** We’re all booked out for Term 3, full-time registrations! However, we do have Wait List and Casuals List spaces open. Sign up to our mailing list, here, and we’ll send you more info **
We run 30-minute, weekly, music sessions, for young tamariki and their whānau, in six different venues, around Ōtautahi/Christchurch.
Our sessions are an Outreach Music programme, as we work with community-based organisations, in a suburban setting, to help connect local whānau with the organisations, and their mahi. We also charge a nominal fee of $30 per child, per term. Both of these considerations help with our kaupapa/purpose to make our sessions accessible and affordable to all.
The sessions are bilingual Māori and run to the same format, with the same waiata, each week, for the whole term. Our whakaaro/reason for this is simple… tamariki learn through repetition, and we believe the consistency in keeping to the same music set each term, helps both child and caregiver to learn the kupu/words and actions for the waiata. We believe it helps to solidify the reo/language that is being introduced, too – which is always so awesome to hear being sung by the tamariki!
Under the current Covid climate, we have opted to take a cautious approach, to keep all whānau safe. We now require whānau to pre-register before the term begins and have limited the number of whānau at each session. The whakaaro behind this is to enable us to continue running the sessions if there is a move back into the Red Light setting (we are currently in Orange Light). We also continue to encourage physical distancing and ask all adults to wear masks in the sessions. We will continue this model until the end of 2022, and will reassess, if necessary, for 2023.
To pre-register, we have an Outreach Music mailing list that you can sign-up to, here. Any updates on our sessions and registration information will be sent directly to those subscribed to this mailing list. We no longer offer the ‘Drop-in’ format that we used to, however, from Term 3, all subscribers who are interested in joining our Casuals List, will be sent links to pre-purchase a ‘Casuals spot’ at any of our sessions, next term.
Our theme for next term is TEDDY BEARS! Tamariki will be invited to bring along their favourite teddy bear/soft toy.
New Brighton Union Church Hall, 24 Union Street (entrance on Collingwood Street)
St Andrew’s Church Hall (Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Church), 148 Main Road
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (upstairs), 14-16 Wakefield Avenue
Wednesdays, 9:30 am
St Marks Methodist Church, 5 Somerfield Street
Beckenham Methodist Church Hall, 52 Martin Avenue (Hall entrance)
Thursdays, 9:30 am
Empower Church Lounge, 140 Springfield Road
"He hari he koa taku moko i tae atu i ngā Rāhina. Tūmeke kōrua."
- Annie Anderson
"These two ladies are incredible. So kind and talented and a wonderful way with little ones :) Their music class has helped my little one grow and nurture a love for song and music."
- Charlie Batcheolor
"Siu & Leah have amazing music skills and are really caring people and love kids. They'll get you singing along without realising you are."
- Jillian Dickinson
"Awesome class for preschoolers, very nice music, get the kids engaged and the girls are great!!"
- Gabriel Ribeiro
"Such as awesome programme. We love having you at Sumner and Redcliffs!"
- Eddie Hayes
"Lovely people and very talented musicians. These sessions are thoroughly enjoyed by preschoolers and their parents. They are fantastic at engaging the children in their music."
- Christine Gundersen