We are considering introducing courses for students who wish to target their learning towards practical graded examinations. These courses would be for individual or very small groups of students, and will focus specifically on the syllabus requirements for the recognised exam boards – Trinity College, ABRSM and NZMEB. Lesson content will be tailored to suit individual student requirements and will be taught by our most experienced tutorial staff. Tuition fees will be dependent on the level of grade, and will reflect the small class size.
If you or your child are interested to learn more about this new initiative please get in touch with the HCCM office directly via phone or email.
2014 NIGHT GLOW
This popular event is planned for Saturday 29th March. The University has advised us that parking is exceedingly limited on campus with Gate 1 being the only freely available car park for general use. No other campus parking facilities will be available for your use over this weekend. Road restrictions will be in place and Hillcrest Rd will be closed from O’Donoghue to Silverdale Roads.
We are delighted to announce that HCCM has been successful in applying for funds to develop a ‘sistema’ programme in Hamilton. Both the WEL Energy Trust and Trust Waikato have generously provided grants so that we can continue the work required to establish Sistema Waikato over the coming year, and we are very grateful to both trusts for their support.
Sistema Waikato will be a group based, free, open and accessible programme that aims to transform the lives of children and their families through music and participation, fostering confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in its students. It is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model which was devised by José Antonio Abreu in 1975 and is focussed on areas of deprivation and communities in our society in most need. Abreu’s vision recognises that music is:
‘an agent of social development, in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community, and to express sublime feelings.’
Sistema offers the opportunity for a more positive aspirational future for children providing social and personal development, improved confidence, self-esteem, social skills and the ability to concentrate. It works with young children from an early age, is totally inclusive and reaches/sustains engagement of the hardest to reach families through a programme of long term intervention delivered on a community wide scale.
More details of the highly successful Sistema Aotearoa programme based in South Auckland can be found at http://apo.co.nz/sistema-aotearoa
We’ll keep you updated on developments as the year progresses.