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Mt Roskill Primary School

Region: Auckland

Art form: Music

Project name: Hikoi Tuatahi | First Steps

Creative name: Sarah Spence from Sistema Aotearoa

Project information: The first time that a child picks up and plays a musical instrument is a formative experience. We want to create an unforgettable opportunity for Year 2 tamariki at Mt Roskill Primary School to take these first steps in a fully inclusive, supportive environment. Through Hīkoi Tuatahi | First Steps, 90 tamariki will have the experience of learning and playing a string instrument for the first time, supported and guided by an experienced creative professional. 

The Hīkoi Tuatahi | First Steps project will: 

  • provide an initial foundation for life-long music making and learning an orchestral instrument to children in Year 2 within school, allowing inclusive and universal free access
  • introduce the fundamentals of musicianship in a carefully sequenced, fun, and age-appropriate way, including pulse, pitch, rhythm, tonic solfa, aural awareness and reading music notation 
  • encourage children to develop their musical skills and understanding through singing and active music making and inspire children with orchestral instruments that expand their musical experience
  • follow a carefully planned and sequenced learning progression, ensuring tamariki learn the basics of holding, plucking, and bowing the violin, preparing tamariki to be confident musicians and instrumentalists
  • use a wide-ranging repertoire, including a mix of classical, cultural, and traditional pieces that are fun to play
  • showcase and develop the singing skills of tamariki, choosing waiata to feature and develop their voices as well as their newly formed instrumental skills. 

Mt Roskill Primary is a Decile 3 school with a diverse and vibrant multicultural community, with many parents prioritising needs versus wants in order to provide for their families. We have very few children learning to play an instrument through private tuition, but we have three hundred parents who attend our annual Arts Evening and are highly proud of their children as they perform in our choirs, ukulele groups, Bollywood Dance Group, Pasifika Group, Chinese Dance Group and kapa haka groups. Music is part of their cultures, but many do not have the means to provide tuition for their children. As a school we have limited resources (personnel with the skills/knowledge, instruments). Providing a specialist creative practitioner and the instruments the children need would be welcomed by our community.

Project starting: March 2022

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