Young Musicians Programme
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington is our country’s pre-eminent provider of university-level music education, research, composition and performance, offering an outstanding range of possibilities for the study of music. The Young Musicians Programme (YMP) is part of the School’s commitment to share its internationally acclaimed staff, its music education values, and its high quality facilities and resources with pre-tertiary students.
Following a review in late 2014, we are pleased to announce some exciting new developments in the delivery and content of the NZSM Young Musicians Programme. Click here for more details of these changes. [PDF:186KB]
YMP offers young people aged eight and over the chance to learn with excellent players and teachers, including NZSM staff members, world-class jazz players, members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and professionally active chamber musicians. The programme focuses on ensemble playing, master classes and other enrichment activities. Above all, YMP is designed for young people from all social and musical backgrounds who are passionate about music and who want to expand their musical learning in an engaging and fun environment.
For classical instrumentalists and vocalists, YMP runs classes in bowed strings, woodwind, piano, guitar and voice, and offers chamber music coaching, led by members of the New Zealand String Quartet, to a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Through expert tuition from NZSM jazz staff jazz musicians have the chance to develop their combo playing and gain experience in a wide range of techniques, styles and repertoire.
The work of young composers is supported through exciting project led by NZSM composition staff and postgraduate students.
Our PULSE class focuses on building musicianship through the performing arts in a joint venture between NZSM and Royal New Zealand Ballet with support from Trinity College London.
Many graduates of YMP study music at tertiary level, whether at NZSM or at other leading music schools abroad, and many have gone on to pursue successful musical careers. Whatever direction our students take, we believe the experiences we offer at YMP will provide them with lasting inspiration and invaluable opportunities for musical and personal development.
- Classical voice class
- Strings class
- Piano class
- Woodwind class
- Guitar class
- Composition class
- Chamber music coaching
Jazz (Mondays, 5:30-8:00pm)
With a focus on personal growth and ensemble playing, instrumental and vocal jazz students develop musicality and technique in tailored ensembles amongst like-minded peers. Participants receive a separate hour-long class on jazz theory, musicianship and improvisation.
We encourage YMP jazz students to join NZSM Big Band 3, at no extra expense.
Classical voice class (Saturdays, 2 hrs)
YMP’s classical voice class is ideal for young people who want to develop their solo singing. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about good posture, breathing and healthy vocal production whilst learning new repertoire. Students learn how to work effectively with a professional accompanist, how to approach a new text and how to prepare for auditions. As well as working on solo repertoire, members of the voice class gain valuable experience in ensemble singing and regularly have the chance to attend dress rehearsals with New Zealand Opera. Each academic year, the voice class works intensively on two languages, completing a full cycle of four languages (Italian, German, French and English) every two years. The voice class includes additional input on karanga, chant and waiata.
Strings class (Saturdays, 1 or 2 hrs)
Strings class provides a lively and supportive environment in which students can develop their playing and perform regularly in front of their peers. Complementing the work of students’ existing string teachers, the class offers opportunities to work on technique, both in isolation and in the context of ensemble pieces. Students also discover a wide and exciting range of repertoire. String class is offered at junior and senior levels.
Piano class (Saturdays, 1 or 2 hrs)
Piano class helps students to broaden their knowledge of repertoire, to develop their technique and to become more confident performers. The group format of the class allows students the opportunity to play regularly in front of others. It is a supportive context in which they can receive feedback about their playing and engage in discussion about issues of technique and performance. Frequent opportunities for public performance are also a key component of the class. Piano class is offered at junior and senior levels.
Woodwind class (day TBC, 1 hr)
Students in woodwind class concentrate on technical issues such as breathing, intonation, tonguing and finger control whilst also developing a broader awareness of phrasing, musicianship and stylistic playing. Participants have the opportunity to prepare solo pieces and have the chance to explore a wide range of woodwind repertoire.
Guitar ensemble (Saturdays, 2 hrs)
Guitar ensemble welcomes students from all kinds of musical backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. Sessions focus on a range of guitar playing skills including technique, ensemble playing and guitar-specific theory. Although the ability to read staff notation is helpful, music will initially also be provided in tab for those more comfortable using this system.
Composition class (day TBC)
Two exciting eight-week projects will be offered in 2015. The first of these, led by award-winning composer and NZSM senior lecturer Michael Norris, will provide an amazing and unique opportunity to write a piece under his expert supervision, and with the assistance of advanced postgraduate composition students, to be performed and recorded by the world-renowned New Zealand String Quartet, artist ensemble in residence at NZSM.
Chamber music coaching (Saturdays or weekday early evening sessions, 1 hr)
Chamber music class, led by the world-renowned New Zealand String Quartet, artist ensemble in residence at NZSM, is designed for both primary school and secondary school-aged students who have reached a minimum level of approximately Grade 4. We welcome students who wish to extend their understanding of chamber music, whilst exploring the delights and dynamics of ensemble playing. Groups are carefully formed before the beginning of the year according to age, ability and musical preference, but pre-existing ensembles are also warmly welcomed. Secondary school students who wish to compete in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in June will find this regular chamber music coaching from professional musicians hugely beneficial.
Do you like singing, moving and acting? Rehearsing, making and performing? If so, you should join our free nine-week programme of creative activities for young people.
PULSE is for young people in Years 7 to 10 who want to explore creative ideas from all kinds of traditions through singing, musical games, movement and drama activities. It’s completely free and open to anyone who loves performing arts. It’s a brilliant opportunity to have fun, develop skills and make great new friends.
Fees and scholarships
An annual membership fee of $400 gives YMP participants access to ALL our regular classes.
Guitar ensemble participants who do not wish to be full YMP members have the option to pay a separate $200 fee for that class alone.
We continue to offer PULSE free of charge, with the support of Trinity College London.
Scholarships courtesy of Wellington Masonic Youth Trust are available in cases of financial hardship. Further funds are provided thanks to the Adam Foundation, Baines Trust and Deane Endowment Trust in order to subsidise YMP fees in all subject areas. Half scholarships ($200) or full scholarships ($400) will be awarded according to the published criteria.
NZSM Young Musician's Programme Scholarship Application Form
[A scholarship application form will be available here shortly.]
Payment of fees by internet banking is preferred.
A list of YMP tutors for 2015 will be published here shortly.
The tutors in 2014 were:
- Vocal class: Linden Loader
- Classical wind: Mary Scott
- Chamber music: Catherine McKay, Simeon Broom, Blythe Press, Margaret Guldborg, Rachel Church, Mary Scott
- Guitar ensemble: Owen Moriarty
- Classical string (senior and junior classes): Margaret Guldborg, assisted by Simeon Broom and Blythe Press
- Classical piano class (senior): Richard Mapp
- Piano class (junior): Catherine McKay
- Jazz: Ryan Brake, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Cory Champion
- Jazz vocal: Tessa Quayle
- Composition: Anton Killin
YMP tutors encourage students to make the most of all performance opportunities. All streams perform in at least one of the three end-of-semester concerts twice a year.
In recent years YMP students have had the opportunity to perform in:
- lunchtime concerts at St Andrew's (Wellington City), St Mark's (Lower Hutt) and Expressions Whirinaki (Upper Hutt)
- competitions such as the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music contest, the NZSM Jazz Festival and the IRMT Piano Plus competition
- additional concerts such as at Te Papa, Capital E, Pataka (Porirua) and Wellington Jazz Club
- tours such as to the Manawatu or Tauranga jazz festivals and to Wellington schools
2014 (preparatory to 2015) Saturday 22 November Registration / audition for classical performers from 2:00pm at NZSM Mt Cook Monday 24 November Registration / audition for jazz performers from 5:30pm at NZSM Mt Cook
Updated: 3 November 2014
YMP application and auditions
Auditions are held for us to be able to match your child/student to the YMP classes that are most appropriate for them and/or to ensure they are placed in the best possible ensemble combination.
Initial registration and audition sessions for 2015 are being held on Saturday 22 November 2014 (classical performers) and Monday 24 November 2014 (jazz performers). Please apply before these dates or as soon as possible afterwards.
For more information or enquiries about YMP contact the YMP Coordinator, Elyse Dalabakis: firstname.lastname@example.org