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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. 



1. Decide what you want to learn, and whether you will need to hire an instrument. Remember you can only learn one Level 1 instrument at a time.

2. Understand your skill level. If you are a beginner enrol in any Level 1 (beginner) class that suits you. If you have learnt an instrument before, check the Skill Level Guidelines to choose a class at the right skill level.  If you are not sure, enrol in a beginner class and make a note in your enrolment form, so the teacher can assess you at the first lesson and move you to a higher level class if need be. Children who enrol in a higher level class and are not at the required level will be removed from the class. We are not able to offer students a place in a lower level class.

3. View the Class Timetable to pick the class time that suits you. Or view Our Classes >> and choose which instrument to view the courses available. For example, Our Classes >> Choir, Music Basics, Orchestra.

4. Know when and where. Be sure to review the Calendar and Instrument Hire information.

5. Go to Costs page to see what your fees will be for the year. There may be additional costs for music, or extras, such as drum sticks or music books (see Require Resources). Fees are paid to the Centre for:

  • Centre fees ($60 for single child; $100 for family per year)
  • Keyboard or drum fee ($30 per year)
  • Instrument hire if needed ($150 per year)
  • Suggested koha (or donation) of $40, or to offer to help out at the Centre during the year



New students must register and then enrol for classes

First, you register as a family/student, and then you choose your class for each student in the family and hire an instrument if needed.

  1. Register as a student(s) – and fill in the parents’ details. Remember we rely on parent help to run the centre and provide morning tea for the tutors. Tell us how you can help out at Raroa Music Centre.
  2. Enter an email address that is checked regularly so the Centre and your tutor can communicate with you.
  3. Book the class that you want. The registration system will only show you classes at the right age for your child. If a class is already full, it won’t show that class time to you, and you will have to choose another class.
  4. Hire an instrument if you need one.
  5. Confirm your registration. At this stage you will be given a User ID and password so you can log on at any time and check your registration and the classes you have enrolled in. Make a note of this.
  6. Pay for all outstanding items (the centre fee, the instrument hire fee, the keyboard or drum fee and the suggested koha) together (we prefer Internet banking).
  7. You will get an email asking you to validate your email address. This must be done before the first day of classes. If you do not validate your email address you may lose your place.