Language of Western Music

Theory classes are temporarily suspended for Term One.

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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, requiring no prior musical knowledge or experience.

Our curriculum, designed from the ground-up for WCSM, also aligns with the New Zealand Music Examination Board (NZMEB) syllabus, which is a required component of most instrument Grade exams, as well as being suitable for NCEA music theory-related standards. Of course, the course is also open to anyone, 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 2022 here.


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