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 Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Road

  • 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.  The Saturday office is run from the staffroom at Avonhead School

  • 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 dependent on availability

  • Lesson Scheduling

    Most CSM lessons, orchestras and ensembles occur on a Saturday between 8:30 and 4:30. 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 approximately 1200 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  top
    • Long black skirt or long black pants or knee-length black skirt with black stockings
    • Black socks
    • Black shoes
    • Hair tied back off face
    • Minimal makeup and jewellery

    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 at Avonhead School

    At the tuck shop you will be able to purchase tea, coffee, scones, 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 the occasional 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 2024

    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 (9 weeks)

    10 February

    17 February

    24 February

    2  March

    9 March

    16 March

    23 March

    6 April

    13 April



    TERM 2 (8 weeks)

    4 May

    11 May

    18 May

    25 May

    No classes on 1st June

    8 June

    15 June

    22 June

    No classes on 29 June

    6 July


    TERM 3 (9 weeks)

    27 July

    3 August

    10 August

    17 August

    24 August

    31 August

    7 September

    14 September

    21 September


    TERM 4 (8 weeks)

    12 October

    19 October

    No classes on 26th October – Labour Weekend

    2 November

    9 November

    No classes on 16th November – Show Weekend

    23 November

    30 November

    7 December

    14 December