Music Makers and Young Voices

Our popular Music Makers/Young Voices programme for children aged 3-12 years is the best place for youngsters to start. Music Makers combines learning with fun and creativity, providing a solid foundation and enabling children to experience, understand and be creative in the world of musical sound. We believe that:

  • music is in every child
  • every child’s first instrument is the body – and the voice within.

The programme is based on the core principles of respected music educators Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly, and uses singing and movement, as well as tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. As the children progress, the emphasis increasingly becomes use of the voice, and they can eventually join our children’s choir Young Voices.

Music Makers/Young Voices is in four levels:

  • Level 1                        ages 3-5
  • Levels 2/3                  ages 6-8
  • Young Voices            ages 9 +

At Levels 1 and 2 the focus is mostly on enjoyment. Children learn about simple musical ideas, exploring nursery rhymes, rhythmic actions, finger plays, chants, action songs and dancing using the voice and a variety of different instruments. At Levels 3 aural skills become increasingly important and the voice starts to become the primary instrument for music training. A clearer understanding of notation is learned, along with more complex melodies and rhythms.

Young Voices (ages 9+):

Using core principles of the Music Makers programme, this is an opportunity for children to learn the basics of good singing – posture, breathing, and voice production. It provides an excellent training ground for all young musicians – singing in an ensemble heightens listening skills and develops a fine sense of pitch and rhythm.

Note that the songs taught do not reflect popular music culture but are rather world music, incorporating rhythmic challenges and a variety of melodic patterns. The tutor may use instruments such as guitar, Bass Xylophone and ukulele to enhance performance of the songs.

Young Voices is, as for all other Music Makers classes, based on the core principles of the music educators Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly. More details of the Orff Association New Zealand are available here

While most members of Young Voices have attended previous levels of Music Makers, this is not a prerequisite.

Classes for older children and adults

HCCM Exam Stream

We offer courses for those who wish to target their learning towards practical graded examinations. These classes are for individuals or very small groups, focusing on the syllabus requirements for the recognised exam boards – Trinity College, ABRSM and NZMEB. Lesson tuition fees will be dependent on the level of grade.

Orchestras, Bands and Ensembles

Playing together is an important and fun part of learning an instrument, and we recommend you take part in at least one of our groups:

If you are enrolled in one of our instrumental classes, you may attend as many of our ensembles, including the Wind Band or Sinfonia Orchestra, as you wish, at no extra cost.  You can also enrol directly in any of our ensembles without also enrolling in an instrumental tuition class for $95 per term.. Entry into ensemble classes is not compulsory and is at the discretion of the Head Tutor of that ensemble or the Director of Music.

Tuition Fees

Please see our Fees page.


All HCCM classes and ensembles take place on Saturday mornings between 8.00am and 1.00pm. Most group tuition classes are 30’ duration. Specific tuition class times may vary term to term depending on enrolment numbers.

However, ensemble times are set as follows: Flute Ensemble 8:30-9:30am. HCCM Wind Band 9.00-10.00am. Ukulele Ensemble 10:30-11:00am. HCCM String Orchestra 8.30-9.30am. Beginners Guitar Ensemble 9.00-9.30am; Intermediate Guitar Ensemble 9:30-10:00am; Advanced Guitar Ensemble is 11.00am-12.00pm. HCCM Sinfonia Orchestra 10.30am-12.00pm.

Note: If for any reason HCCM is unable to run a particular class, or if numbers fall below specified minimums, we reserve the right to cancel the class. In these circumstances we will endeavour to place students in another suitable class, or offer a refund for the remaining lessons.  This does not apply to classes cancelled due to tutor sickness; in these situations, HCCM provides a relieving tutor if at all possible, and will consider pro-rated refunds only if a relief tutor is unavailable.