The Sistema Waikato programme is designed around in school instrumental lessons, after school ensemble classes and holiday programme sessions, where children from our five partner schools – Crawshaw, Forest Lake, Nawton, Rhode Street and Vardon – come together under the guidance of experienced tutors to learn violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, fife, drumming, choir and musicianship.
All children receive their instrumental lesson during the school day at their respective school and attend the programme in the Nawton School Hall from 3:00 - 5:00pm once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (each intake attends on a specific day) for orchestra, musicianship and choir. Afternoon tea is supplied each day and then the children participate in two musical sessions.
During the winter and summer school holidays we run holiday programmes for comprehensive musical learning and development.
When children start at Sistema Waikato they create their own cardboard violins, then move onto 'whisper' violins which are wooden replicas of the real thing, before graduating onto real violins. Each children gets their own instrument to use, look after, and take home for practice.
Once children have been in the programme for a year they may have the opportunity to learn a different instrument, currently cello, double bass, flute or clarinet.
We hope one day to have both a string orchestra and a big band! with the children getting the best of both worlds learning instruments from both the string family and the woodwind section of the orchestra.
The whole programme is completely funded for all children and families; all we ask is a commitment to the programme and a willingness to learn!