Music Theory & Music Language

These are small group classes (five students maximum) where students can learn about music theory and compositional techniques. Students of similar levels will be put into groups (five students maximum per group) and work through the ABRSM Theory standards from Grade 1 through to Grade 8.

We also offer one-on-one theory lessons. At these lessons, students can also focus on specific areas outside of ABRSM standards, such as their school curriculum (e.g. NCEA) and Trinity/NZMEB standards.

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Kodály Musicianship for Children

The Kodály Musicianship Classes was launched at the beginning of 2020 and has proven to be an essential part of a young child’s musical development. Through singing and movement, each class is carefully designed to lead children aged 3 – 10 to a holistic understanding of music through ‘doing’; an excellent way to continue your child’s musical journey.

Small groups of a maximum of ten children from the same age group will meet every week (twice a week for pre-schoolers) for a 45-minute class designed to engage and delight.

For the most up-to-date class schedule and fee structure, please email info@chirongroup.nz.

Instrumental Ensembles

ASM & RMA offer a range of ensemble programmes that caters to different instruments and musical levels.

Strings (Violins, Violas, Cellos): Junior String Orchestra and Senior String Orchestra

The excitement of performing with your peers, with the support from our String Department staff.

There are two string orchestras available to join: Junior String Orchestra and Senior String Orchestra.

Each orchestra consists of violins, violas and cellos. Rehearsals (hour-long) are led by our senior strings staff and take place at either RMA or Lewis Eady, once a week on Sundays during the school term. Students will work on a range of repertoire to help build their technical, musical and ensemble skills.

Both String Orchestras will have the opportunity to perform as part of ASM & RMA’s concert series (e.g. Strings Showcase, Winter Strings Festival) as well as at other events in the community.

If you are a violin, viola or cello student, we encourage you to join these orchestras. We also welcome expressions of interest from string students who are not enrolled at ASM & RMA.

To arrange a meeting with our String Department, please email info@chirongroup.nz.

Piano: Piano Performance Class

Boost your confidence while gaining valuable performing experience at this weekly class, suitable for piano students of all ages and levels.

Every week, students will perform their music to each other and then be encouraged to give constructive feedback. Our teachers will guide students on how to listen critically to a piece of music and encourage each other to give constructive feedback on their performances.

Not only will students gain a better understanding of the music they are performing, but also build their music analysis skills.

Each term, our piano faculty will invite, when and where possible, international guest artists and university music lecturers to lead these classes.

To arrange a meeting with our Piano Department, please email info@chirongroup.nz.

Performance & Masterclasses

Students will have opportunities to perform in public each school term. Our annual events include the Mid-Year Showcase (June) and the End-of-Year Showcase (November). Each department (i.e. Piano, Woodwind, Strings) will also hold its showcase events throughout the year. Our new multi-instrumental concert series (ages 7 and under, ages 8-9, ages 10-12, and ages 13 and over) ensures similar-aged students can come together and experience the joy of music-making.

From time to time, there will be opportunities to perform in the local community as well as at special events. Previous examples include performing at the Auckland Lantern Festivals, Rawhiti Estate, and Elmwood Village.