Christchurch School of Music

About Us

The Christchurch School of Instrumental Music was founded in 1955 by Robert Perks to provide group tuition for young students along with the opportunity to play in an orchestra or ensemble. It was renamed to the Christchurch School of Music (CSM) when vocal music was added in the 1990’s. Although many things have changed over the past 60 years, the one thing that has remained constant is the aspiration of fostering a lifelong love of music.

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. The Tuck Shop provides students with an opportunity to have a break and a snack and is a fantastic way to meet others so that you can feel more a part of our wonderful musical community. 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. Explore our website further to find out more about rock bands, jazz combos and many other ensembles offered.

If you just love listening to music, have a look at the calendar as we offer a range of concerts throughout the year.

Our office hours are:

Tuesday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm at the CSM Office, 60 Ferry Road.  

Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm in the staffroom at Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Road