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Hillpark School Orchestra
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Hillpark School String Programme (Tuesday)

The Manukau Youth Orchestra string orchestra programme at Hillpark Primary School started half way through 2014 and some of our first students have already joined our top level orchestra. The programme is open to year 3-6 students. Forty students learn violin, viola, cello and double bass. Check out our photo gallery and YouTube videos to see the programme in action.

Lessons, Orchestra & Concerts

Group lessons are half an hour long and held throughout the day on Tuesdays. Students must attend after school orchestra from 3pm to 4pm also on Tuesday, perform at our major concerts throughout the year and join Te Toi Taiohi Orchestra after 6-12 months.

Practise at Home

Regular practise at home of 15-30 minutes six days a week is essential for students to progress. Try and establish a routine with your child. Before school practise is worth considering as after school is often fulled with other activities such as sport. Starting at year 3 may be too early for some students particularly if they are doing lots of other activities.

Learning to Read Music

It is really important students learn how to read music early on so they don't fall behind. Thankfully we have developed our own free online music reading games for violin, viola, cello and bass that make learning to read music easy. Make sure they play the game a little every day.

Funding & Fees

The society obtains funding through the Wiri Licensing Trust to help keep our programme affordable. Music lessons and instrument hire costs $100 per term. There is a $30 family discount for additional children. Photos of students in relation to the programme may be used to promote our work and to help obtain funding.

Enrolments for 2017

To register your child please click here and email this form to Joseph Allan, Musical Director. If the form does not work for you then email the details in the list below to joseph@myo.nz.

  • Student Name.
  • Age, instrument, school year (3-6) & classroom number (at Hillpark School).
  • Previous musical experience (eg. piano, recorder, can read music etc.).
  • Home telephone.
  • Parents - name, mobile and email.
  • Address (if you are hiring an instrument).

Your child will need to practise 20-30 minutes five days a week, attend after school orchestra rehearsals and attend concerts to stay in the programme. Please note students are expected to join Te Toi Taiohi Orchestra after 6-12 months. To complete registration drop in for twenty minutes during one of our orchestral rehearsals 6pm-8pm Tuesday at Hillpark School.

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