Foster a love for music in your child in 2023!

The Christchurch School of Music offers preschool and primary music foundation classes which are based on both the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly approaches to music education.

Every session is carefully planned to help children experience music through playing instruments, singing, dancing, clapping games, poetry and stories which will stimulate their imagination, as well as teach musical skills.

Register your interest to enrol your child at the form at the bottom of this page!

A short video explaining the Orff approach to early children music education.

Your child can experience the transformative power of music at CSM!

Children will improvise, compose and invent their own music, and learn to read and write music in a fun and exciting way. Ensemble skills are developed through the use of a variety of percussion instruments.

These classes provide a strong foundation to music learning where the children will develop social and physical skills, learn to express themselves emotionally, improve their language and, of course, have fun.


Whether your child has shown a keen talent or interest in music, or if you simply understand the power of music in a child’s early education, there is a spot for them at CSM!

CSM Take off with Music Schedule



10.00am–10.45am 2–4 Year Olds
Where: Christchurch School of Music, 60 Ferry Rd


12pm–12.40pm 3–4 Year Olds
12.45pm–1.20pm 2–3 Year Olds
1.25pm–2.05pm 4–5 Year Olds
2.10pm–2.45pm 6 months–2 Year Olds

Where:Somerfield Community Centre in Studholme St


10am–10.45am 2–4 Year Olds
11am–11.45am 5–8 Year Olds

Where: Christchurch School of Music, 60 Ferry Rd

“A great Christchurch institution. Well organised and a wonderful place to learn to play an instrument at any age. I wouldn’t be as passionate about music without the outstanding support, teaching and joy that CSM provides!

Joleen Cherry

Ensemble rehearsals starting from


per semester

About The Christchurch School of Music

Tens of thousands of Christchurch children and adults have learned to love and appreciate music at CSM. CSM is a place where the whole family can learn music in the same place at the same time! We also offer a wide range of orchestras, ensembles and performing groups for all ages and abilities.

CSM is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong focus on community. On a Saturday morning the whole family can find something musical to match their interests and abilities. Preschool children can begin their musical journey by joining in our experiential “Take Off with Music” while older children and adults may opt for group or individual lessons on a specific instrument (including voice). Those who already play are welcome to join in one of our fabulous ensembles or choirs. If Saturdays aren’t an option for you or your family, CSM also offers a range of weekday opportunities for learning and playing music.

The variety at CSM is not limited to the selection of instruments and teachers, but includes a wide range of musical styles. For those with an interest in classical music our graded orchestras are the perfect choice. The family oriented concert band plays a vast selection including classical, show tunes, folk music and popular songs that everyone will recognise. 

Filling out this form does not immediately lock your child in to Take off with Music classes – we will contact you to discuss your needs and find the best fit for your child. Want to chat with us before filling out the form?


(03) 366 1711

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60 Ferry Road, Christchurch City
Christchurch 8011