Our teaching follows the syllabuses of the New Zealand Music Examinations Board www.nzmeb.org  and Trinity College, London www.trinitycollege.co.uk

Further details of the HCCM Curriculum are available on request.

Our  Music Makers programme includes contemporary teaching approaches such as Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály Method.

The Orff-Schulwerk is a world-renown approach to music education offering child centred music development. The child’s imaginative world with playful discoveries builds the atmosphere for an engagement with voice, percussion, singing and movement. The children become involved in music and movement activities for skill and knowledge development through creative music activities, such as improvisation, movement creation and music composition. They can become absorbed in the artistry of musical expression as they work with elemental forms, patterns, musical improvisations and dance expressions.

The German term Schulwerk means schoolwork or activity based schooling. The name hints at the active and creative nature of this approach. The element of rhythm is at the centre of the Orff approach to music making, beginning with the use of rhyme and poetry as well as body percussion and singing. Tuned and un-tuned percussion, vocal activities, found sounds, dance movement and wind instruments such as Recorder serve as educational media assisting children and youth with musicianship and personal development.

More information: http://orffnz.org/

The Kodály Method is a choral method, which introduces groups of children to musical concepts in a sequential way. Singing, listening and movement assist children with expressing and understanding the design, patterns and shapes of the music they are involved with. The Kodály activities assist strongly with music appreciation as well. Perception skills, the recognition of sounds and patterns, and the working through the elements of music precede the writing and reading of musical notation in the Kodály Method. Children are introduced to musical concepts according to their developmental stages and these are often re-enforced through games, movement, songs and exercises. The Kodály Method is also well known for some of its pedagogical procedures such as rhythm syllables and the Sol-fa hand signs as well as sol-fa syllables. Similar to rhythmic skill and concept development melody conceptualization is organized in child friendly ways. Two, three and later five-tone (un-hemiotonic pentatonic) song materials gradually make room for diatonic vocal materials. The development of skills and knowledge in harmony is undertaken in a similar way making fun-filled choral activities a centerpiece of this method.

More information:  http://www.kodaly.org.au/