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Manurewa Central School String Programme (Wednesday)

The Manukau Youth Orchestra String Programme at Manurewa Central School, Manurewa was established in 2016 and some of our first students have already joined our top level orchestra. The programme is open to year 4-6 students and costs $50 a term to learn violin, viola and cello.

Lessons, Orchestra & Concerts

Group lessons are half an hour long and held throughout the day on Wednesday. Students must attend before school orchestra from 8:15pm to 9pm also on Wednesday and perform at our major concerts throughout the year to stay in the programme. Students are encouraged to join our junior orchestra, Te Toi Taiohi Orchestra, after one year or when they are ready.

Practise at Home

Regular practise at home of 20-30 minutes five days a week is essential for students to progress. Before school practise is worth considering as after school is often fulled with other activities such as sport. Students who practise regularly enjoy learning more and complete more songs.

Learning to Read Music

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

Funding & Fees

Music lessons and instrument hire costs $50 per term. Photos of students in relation to the programme may be used to promote our work and to help obtain funding.

Enrolments for 2021

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 The cost is $50 per term. Lessons start Wednesday, 17 March 2021.

  • Student Name.
  • Age, instrument, school year (4-6) & classroom number (at Manurewa Central 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. Students that continue in the following term get to keep the instrument over the holidays.


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