Instrumental Music Lessons

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For many decades, the Waikato Community School of Music has been serving the region as its largest community-based music tuition service. Our lessons are run in a group setting, and the exact size varies between instruments, with some larger classes featuring a roster of assistants in addition to our experienced tutors. We’re proud to be able to provide an affordable, quality learning experience, and we look forward to playing our part on your journey to musical greatness.


Our curriculum guide can be found here.

Where & When

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
The University of Waikato
Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

WCSM runs every Saturday during school week; the lessons run in 30-minute blocks, usually starting around 8:00 am, and continues into the afternoon. Your exact lesson time may vary depending on availability and your playing level, and you will be assigned a specific time upon enrolment. See the full list of dates for 2021 here.

Available Instruments

This list represents our most common instruments we cater to, along with their age restrictions. Lessons for other instruments may be available, on a case-by-case basis; please contact us to discuss further.

In addition to these instruments, we offer Music Makers, a program designed for children aged 3 and up.

  • Orchestral Strings
    • Violin (ages 4 and over)
    • Cello (7+)
  • Guitar Family
    • Classical or Rhythm Guitar (ages 7 and over)
    • Bass (7+)
    • Ukulele (7+)
  • Woodwind
    • Flute (ages 7 and over)
    • Clarinet (8+)
    • Saxophone (10+)
    • Fife (6+)
    • Recorder (5+)
  • Brass
    • Trumpet/Cornet (ages 7 and over)
    • Tenor Horn (7+)
    • Euphonium (7+)
    • Trombone (7+)
  • Keyboard (ages 7 and over)
  • Drum kit (ages 7 and over)


Fees for Music Makers program start from $39 per term, and can be viewed here.

Drum kit & KeyboardPer termPer two termsPer year
All enrolments$105$199$378
All other instrumentsPer termPer two termsPer year
Child under 16 years old$75$142$270
Adult 16 and over$105$199$378

Instrument hire

Limited quantities of instruments are available for hire directly through WCSM. Alternatively, rental instruments can also be obtained through local music stores.

Instrument hire through WCSMPer termPer two termsPer year
Starting from$60$109$218