Language of Music

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Language of Western Music classes will commence in March, subject to approval. Enrol now to receive the latest updates.

Music is a powerful thing. When you consider that people can communicate, emote, share thoughts, argue, and debate using just a few simple notes, it’s obvious why it’s referred to as a universal language—one that has been passed down and evolved since the dawn of humankind.

In Language of Western Music, we’ll study the system of music that built everything from Beethoven to The Beatles, from Vivaldi to Van Morrison, in a relaxed environment. Our curriculum is based on the New Zealand Music Examination Board (NZMEB) syllabus, which is a required component of instrument Grade exams in many cases, as well as being suitable for NCEA music theory-related standards, and just for personal interest and enjoyment.

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; Language of Western Music lessons are 30 minutes long, and continuously run throughout the day, so you can pick a timeslot that best works around your classes and ensembles. See the full list of dates for 2021 here.


Language of Western Music is free and open to everyone in the community, for learning or observing. Prior sign-up is required.