For many decades, the Waikato Community School of Music has been serving the region as its largest community-based music tuition provider. Most of our lessons are run in a group format; class sizes vary by instrument, 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
WCSM classes run on Saturdays during primary school terms; most lessons are 30-minutes long. Classes start around 8:00 am, and may continue into the afternoon, depending on the instrument. Your exact lesson time will depend on the number of enrolments in each term, as well as on your age and playing ability, and you will be assigned a specific time upon enrolment. See the full list of dates for 2023 here.
Available Instruments & Programmes
Below is a list of the instruments we provide tuition for, 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 (4+)
- Viola (8+)
- Cello (7+)
- Guitar Family
- Classical or Rhythm Guitar (7+)
- Bass (7+)
- Ukulele (6+)
- Flute (7+)
- Clarinet (8+)
- Saxophone (10+)
- Fife (6+)
- Descant or Treble Recorder (5+)
- Trumpet/Cornet (7+)
- Tenor Horn (7+)
- Euphonium (7+)
- Trombone (7+)
- Keyboard (6+)
- Drum kit (7+)
- Vocals/Singing (9+, Young Voices)
Fees for Music Makers program start from $45 per term, and can be viewed here.
|Drum kit & Keyboard||Per term||Per two terms||Per year|
|All other instruments||Per term||Per two terms||Per year|
|Child under 16 years old||$80||$152||$288|
|Adult 16 and over||$110||$209||$396|
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 WCSM||Per term||Per two terms||Per year|