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What You Need
All students must bring a pencil to class, and most classes use a book. Please have a look to see which books you need to acquire before the second lesson. Please also have a look below for other items that are needed.
Keyboard Students: need their own keyboard or piano on which to practice at home. We unfortunately do not have any keyboards available for hire, but there will be keyboards available to use in classes and ensembles, so students do not need to bring their keyboards to class (the only exception to this is the 8:45am Intro Keyboard class taught by Grace, where you will need to bring your own keyboard).
Drum (and percussion) Students: It is not necessary for beginners to have a drum kit at home, but all students need drumsticks and preferably a practice pad to bring to class. Did you know, if you do not have a drum kit, you can use buckets, cushions, or telephone books! There will be drum kits and percussion instruments available in classes and ensembles.
Recorder/Ukulele Students: preferably need a recorder and a ukulele. We do have a few to borrow during class if you haven't been able to get any. We have Recorders available for purchase.
Singing Students: need only their voice, a clear file, and a pencil!
Guitar Students: need their own guitar. If they have an electric guitar or amp, it will need electrical testing.
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Cello, or Violin Students: need a flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, cello, or violin. We have all these instruments available for hire.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who do I contact if my hire instrument needs repair?
A. Contact the BMC committee on 027 4040 320.
Q. What happens if a class I want to enrol in clashes with sport?
A. You may need to make some tough decisions whether to do music or sport on a Saturday morning, but many of our students manage to do both! With four possible class times we hope you will find a time that fits in around your tennis, netball, soccer, or other sports! If not, please email us by clicking the button above and we’ll see if we can help!
Q. What if I miss a lesson?
A. Make sure you know how to contact your teacher. Missing a lesson is OK, although missing a number of lessons makes it difficult to keep up with the rest of the members of your class. You should tell your teacher (or the manager) if you are going to miss a lesson so they can plan. If you miss three lessons in a row without notification, we will assume you have withdrawn from the class, and another student may take your place.
Q. Can I help?
A. Yes, we have a Committee of parents who help in running the Centre. We also have parent helpers who we call on from time to time to assist. Email us by clicking the button at the top of the page if you are interested in being involved. We would be grateful for your help.
Q. What if I need to buy replacement accessories for my instrument (reeds, strings, rosin etc)?
A. The Music Centre does have a small supply of accessories on site which you can purchase if you wish. Otherwise you can buy them from local music shops such as Farrell's in Takapuna or KBB in Takapuna, Albany or Epsom.
Q. Why should my child learn a musical instrument?
A. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent exercise in both brain cognition (watch the video on our Home page) and creativity. Learning a musical instrument doesn't necessarily mean a career as a musician is required .... at the very least learning an instrument is a valuable and enjoyable skill that will stay with the player for life. Learning an instrument may equip a player with thinking, problem solving and other skills that are relevant to and useful for a range of career pathways. Starting to learn at primary and intermediate age is particularly useful, in order to take full advantage of the musical programs offered at secondary schools.
Q. Why should I consider group lessons as opposed to private/one-to-one lessons?
A. Group lessons are a great, social way to learn to play a musical instrument. There is a huge amount to be learned about playing an instrument that is learned from playing with others. Joining one of our ensemble groups is an excellent way to get some further extension in this regard. Group lessons are affordable too, meaning you can try something out and if you find you do not like it and want to stop then a huge amount of money has not been spent.
Q. How much practice should my child do?
A. Practice of 3 - 5 times a week for around 15 - 30 minutes depending on their age is reasonable. Continuing to practice during the school holidays is also a good idea. Your child’s teacher will tell them or write down what needs to be accomplished during practice time at home. Ask your child to tell you what they are supposed to work on this week during their practice time, then you can encourage them to achieve it. Feel free to watch classes and/or talk to your child’s teacher.
Q. Can I take private lessons as well?
A. You can if you wish, although when students are at different levels in a class as can occur when private lessons are being taken, this can make our teachers' jobs difficult. We will do our best to accommodate you but some understanding and flexibility may be required at your end.
Q. How does Belmont Music Centre offer tuition at the rates it does?
A. Belmont Music Centre is a registered Charity and receives some funding from the Ministry of Education. Fees that parents pay are used to contribute to the running costs of the Centre which include but are not limited to instrument upkeep and maintenance.
Q. Do you operate a phone number?
A. Best to email us by clicking the button at the top of the page, but you can text 027 4040 320 for a student's absence on Saturdays, or phone for an enquiry (especially about instruments) to committee.
Q. For how long has Belmont Music Centre been around?
A. Belmont Music Centre was first established in 1969! Our aim is still the same: committed to providing music education for primary and intermediate school aged children as an extra dimension to their school learning programme. We accept enrolments for as many children as practically possible from nearby schools and homeschooling families, providing opportunities for them to learn the basics of playing musical instruments and to play in small groups/ensembles and orchestra.
What do our students have to say?
Sean - Saxophone "I started Saxophone lessons at Belmont Music Centre
...with Robbie, and have thoroughly enjoyed not only the group lessons, where
everyone is at the same level as you are, but also the ensemble groups, especially
jazz band and wind band. These were my first opportunities to play in a band, and
it was an excellent experience."
Laura - Flute"Belmont Music Centre is a fun, encouraging place to learn music with awesome teachers, I would definitely recommend it to kids wanting to learn a music instrument (or two). We were taught music theory and I really enjoyed playing in the senior wind band."
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