Raroa Music Centre is a music initiative through the Ministry of Education aimed for students 5-12 years old and offers tuition in 10 different instruments from beginner to advanced level, and four general music classes - music basics, choir, orchestra, and ukulele group. 

Skill Level Guidelines

For all instruments except Ukulele we offer classes in

  • Level 1 (or beginner),
  • Level 2 and
  • Level 3
  • Level 4 for keyboard, guitar, violin, recorder and flute classes.

Ukulele is only offered at Level one (or beginner). Ukulele group is for students who have previously completed the Level one Ukulele class. After one year of Ukulele, students may move on to Level one guitar. 

 

LEVEL ONE

The student does not need to have any previous experience to join a Level one class.

 

Moving into a different class

Each child is different and learns at a different pace. Many children may spend a few years learning at one particular level before moving to another level.

At the end of every year teacher will advise which level class each student should enrol in for the following year.  The Supervisor and the teachers have the final decision on which level class students will be placed in.  Please ask your teacher for advice regarding class level.

 

INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES - SKILL LEVEL GUIDELINES

Instrument Age  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Cello 7+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. If you're a new student with previous experience, the teacher will assess you at the first class and advise which course is best for your level. If you're a new student with previous experience, the teacher will assess you at the first class and advise which course is best for your level.  
Clarinet 8+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Can play an octave and F#, C# and Bb Can play over the break and F#, C#, G# and Bb, Eb  and Ab  
Drums 8+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required.                                                                                                                                    Students with at least one year's experience If you're a new student with previous experience, the teacher will assess you at the first class and advise which course is best for your level.  
Flute 8+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Can play an octave, and F# and Bb, minims and crotchets Can play 1.5 octaves and F#, C#, Bb and Eb, dotted rhythms and quavers (8ths)

Can play 2 octaves of F and G major and G#, dotted rhythms and semiquavers.

Can play forte and piano and also tongued, slurred and staccato
Guitar 7+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Can recognise stave, treble clef, 2/4 and 4/4. Know the values of crotchets and minims. Know E, F, G on 1st string; B, C, D on 2nd string; G, A on 3rd string; open basses, 4th string D, 5th string A, 6th string E.. Able to read tab and understand chord diagrams. Can recognise 2/4, 4/4, 3/4. Know the values of minims, crotchets and quavers. Know all notes in first position: E, F, G on 1st string; B, C, D on 2nd string, G, A, B on 3rd string, D, E, F on 4th, A, B, C on 5th, E, F, G on 6th. Chords: G, C, D, Am Can recognise time signature 2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 6/8. Know the values of dotted notes, triplets. Know C major, G major, A minor scales. Chords: C, F, G, A, D, E major, A, D, E minor.
Keyboard 7+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Familiar with reading music notes and where they relate on the keyboard in both the treble and the bass clef Can read music over 2 octaves fairly fluently, sight-read simple pieces with quavers and semi-quavers including. dotted rhythms. Students have a solid foundation of music knowledge, including music terminology. Can work out music notes in the higher and lower ranges.
Recorder 6+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Can play F# up to E (almost an octave) Can play C- A (almost 2 octaves), dotted rhythms, F#, C#, G#, Bb, Eb. Example: English Country Gardens, Can-Can, Christmas Medley. Can play two octaves, hold part in duet and trios, play 3/4, 4/4, and 7/8 time signatures.
Saxophone 10+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Can play an octave and a half and F#, C# and Bb. Can play two octaves and F#, C#, G# and Bb, Eb  and Ab.  
Ukulele 6+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Have previously completed the Level 1 Ukulele class    
Violin 7+ years old Beginners - no previous experience required. Have a clear understanding of 1st and 2nd fingers, correct bowing and intonation, and perfect note reading. Have a clear understanding of 3rd and 4th fingers, with sharps and flats, more complex timing. Can play G, D, C and A major scales in 2 octaves. No longer need to learn finger positions by sticker placement (non-Suzuki) on the fingerboard. Competent in first, second and third position with complex timing. Good understanding of major and minor scales.

 

GENERAL MUSIC CLASSES - SKILL LEVEL GUIDELINES

Class Age Limit Notes
Music Basics 5 - 7 years old Everybody welcome. This course introduces the basics of music and movement. Together with physical activities including singing, clapping, dancing, and more, young students will be introduced to basic musical concepts which will help them transition into our instrumental and/or group classes when they’re older
Choir 7+ years old Everybody welcome. Your child will learn songs and have the opportunity to perform them.
Ukulele Group 7+ years old Open to students who have successfully completed the Level 1 Ukulele class and have been recommended by the tutor.
Guitar Ensemble 7+ years old Open to students who have successfully completed the Level 1 and 2 Guitar class and have been recommended by the tutor.
Orchestra 7+ years old Everybody who has learned an instrument for at least one year is welcome.