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The Music Suite – Tauranga Intermediate School

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Brian Diver had a vision. As the principal of Tauranga Intermediate School, a large urban intermediate school in the Bay of Plenty, Brian was concerned that the old music pre-fab was inadequate for implementing the new arts curriculum. He believed that to improve student literacy in music and the performing arts, the school needed a much more versatile and sophisticated space.

Tauranga Intermediate School's board of trustees and parent community supported their principal in this initiative.

They appointed Carol Storey, a lecturer from the University of Waikato's School of Education and a professional musician, as faculty leader for music, and curriculum leader for the arts.

Brian entrusted the realisation of his vision to Carol. First, he asked her to research other music and performing arts spaces, and to work alongside the architects to design it.

Carol's main task was to create a music suite as technically supportive as any in the "real world" yet within a reasonable budget. It needed plenty of lockable storage for musical instruments, and to be equipped with user-friendly recording gear.

She sought out sturdy, good quality musical instruments that students would want to play.

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