Christchurch School of Music

Student Information

If you are new to CSM, there are a few things you might like to know about how we operate!

  • Location

    The CSM office is located at 60 Ferry Rd. The office is open from 9 – 5, Tuesday through Friday . If you need help with enrolment, wish to hire an instrument or have been sent by your teacher to pick up some music the office is the correct address.

    Although teachers occasionally do teach from this address, most of our teaching happens at Catholic Cathedral College which is located at 62 Ferry Road. We also use Marian College on a Saturday morning which can also be accessed via the Ferry Road carpark.

  • Saturday Office

    On a Saturday morning we have an office assistant who helps show people around, answers questions, takes payments and manages the tuck shop. We encourage our students to keep the focus on the music on a Saturday morning and deal with major administrative issues during the week as it is such a busy morning for staff.

  • Instrument Hire

    Buying an instrument can be an expensive and daunting experience. For this reason, CSM offers low cost instrument hire to all students enrolled in lessons.

  • Lesson Scheduling

    Most CSM lessons, orchestras and ensembles occur on a Saturday between 8:30 and 3:30. We encourage students to attend Saturday lessons if possible as this makes it easier for them to feel a part of our wider community. View our ensemble timetable.

    At CSM, the whole family can easily learn together and, if you enrol early, we will do our best to schedule family lessons at similar times! If Saturday morning isn’t possible, lessons can normally be scheduled at a convenient time during the week.

  • Communication

    CSM has about 1000 students, so in order to communicate effectively with students a combination of email messages, written notices and updates on our Facebook page are used to let students know what is happening. Please let the office know if computer access is an issue and we’ll do our best to communicate with you using other means.

  • What to bring
    • Your music in a clear-file folder – in most cases you will have a CSM folder issued. Please take care of it and return it at the end of the year.
    • A pencil (a B or 2B are softer and easier to erase)
    • An eraser
    • A music stand
    • Your instrument

    Most importantly PLEASE make sure everything is well-named. Every year we end up with music stands and folders with no names on them so we cannot return them to their owner.

    Please leave your digital devices away in your bag and turned off

  • Concert Dress

    Unless otherwise advised, concert dress for performances is as follows:


    • White shirt or dressy top
    • Long black skirt or long black pants or knee-length black skirt with black stockings
    • Black shoes
    • Hair tied back off face
    • Minimal makeup and jewellery


    • White shirt (tucked in)
    • Black pants
    • Black socks
    • Black Shoes

    Please note

    • No sneakers
    • No clothes with obvious logos or printing
    • No coloured items under white shirts
    • No shorts
    • No ¾ pants
  • Tuck Shop

    There will be a great tuck shop operating all Saturday morning from the staffroom in the B Block at Catholic Cathedral College.

    At the tuck shop you will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks, muffins, chips and chocolate with the occasional surprise so come along, relax and enjoy a snack.

    If your group would like to use the tuck shop for fundraising please contact the CSM office and we will arrange a date for you.

    The Tuck Shop provides students with an opportunity to have a break and is a fantastic way to meet others so that you can feel more a part of our musical community.

    We also have a regular sausage sizzle throughout the morning. This can be used for fundraising for CSM groups or outside groups wanting to fundraise for other causes. Please contact the office – this opportunity will be offered on a first come first served basis

  • Term dates for 2018

    These are the Saturday dates. If you have a lesson or ensemble during the week it will generally take place in the week following the Saturday. However this may be negotiated with the teacher

    TERM 1 (8 weeks)

    10 February

    17 February

    24 February

    3 March

    10 March

    17 March

    24 March

    7 April

    TERM 2 (9 weeks)

    5 May

    12 May

    19 May

    26 May

    9 June

    16 June

    23 June

    30 June

    7 July

    TERM 3 (10 weeks)

    28 July

    4 August

    11 August

    18 August

    25 August

    1 September

    8 September

    15 September

    22 September

    29 September

    TERM 4 (7 weeks)

    13 October

    27 October

    3 November

    10 November

    24 November

    1 December

    8 December


Christchurch School of Music

60 Ferry Road
Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8011

P (03) 366 1711

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