Christchurch School of Music

Follow our Covid-19 stay at home response. View our latest news and home music activities


Music Activities for the Lockdown

We will keep adding activities/ videos/ humorous music clips for students to enjoy.

  1. Check out the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Library where you can listen to some wonderful music.
  2. Conduct your own orchestra using semi-conductor. Heaps of fun!!
  3. Some wonderful home-grown concerts from SOUNZ (Centre for NZ music)
  4. Lots of great learning and fun activities from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Kids’ Page and the New York Philharmonic Kidzone
  5. A very special version of Peter and the Wolf for the family to enjoy.
  6. This is a simple, user-friendly theory site. Set the students some challenges to earn points.
  7. Here are some fun music games to play.

Impact of Covid-19 on CSM

May 12th

Level 2 has arrived- we are nearly there! we can’t wait to be all making music together in the same room!!

For CSM …

We can start teaching individual and small group lessons immediately
CSM Rooms are available for teaching from Monday  18 May for weekday lessons
Linwood College is available for teaching on Saturdays from Saturday 23 May
Ensembles will begin as soon as we have the all-clear from the government to have gatherings of more than 10
Call us if you are unclear about anything!

April 30th

Well here we are in Level 3 – for many of you it won’t seem much different, others will be back at work and school. At CSM our second term starts on 2 May –  we are continuing with online lessons – most teachers sticking to their usual timetable. Ensembles will start as soon as we hit Level 2 and we will be taking all the hygiene precautions needed to ensure the safety of all our students and staff. In the meantime, all conductors are contacting their ensembles and looking forward to seeing everyone again.

During lockdown ISO and Sinfonia have been busy – here’s the result of their combined efforts with conductor Tony Ryan and video and audio editor, Lewis Cooper

March 23rd

To all our valued CSM families and students. With today’s announcement from the government, the CSM will be shutting down face to face lessons and ensembles from midnight tonight.

You will all be receiving an email from me setting out how we will work for at least the next four weeks.

We wish you all the best to stay well. Music is so important to our well-being so keep playing, practising, and listening to the music that you love. We will keep in regular contact. If you don’t receive an email from me in the next twelve hours please email me directly at Take care out there!

March 17th

An important message for all our CSM families. Firstly, we hope you are all doing OK in these very challenging times. The welfare of our students and staff is our first priority.

Our plan is to continue with business as usual but, of course, that could change at any time so do keep an eye on your email, this Facebook page and our CSM website Please make sure we have an up to date email for you and your family.

Just a few reminders:

Make sure you wash your hands before and after your lesson or ensemble rehearsal.

Keep your instruments, reeds, etc clean – make sure you have all the right equipment to do this and check with your teacher if you’re not sure. Clean them every time you play.

Please don’t come to your lesson if you have a cough, a cold or a temperature

Do let your teacher know if you are not going to be able to attend lessons and it would be useful if you could let the CSM office know as well.

We are developing a plan to put into place if we are in a position of having to shut down temporarily and will keep you all fully informed.

In the meantime keep safe, make music, and look after each other!

May Musical Festival

Update:We have made the decision to postpone this event – as soon as we have a new date we will let you know.

We are very excited to announce that CSM is hosting a music competition for wind and string players up to 18 years of age on Sunday 17 May. There are classes for all age groups, soloists, duets and ensembles. This is an excellent opportunity for young students from all over the city to set themselves a goal and to perform in front of a sympathetic audience and adjudicator. You can find out all the details and register here


New teaching venue

Scavenger Hunt!!! CSM families are all invited down to our new teaching venue tomorrow (Saturday 1st Feb) morning between 10am and 12pm to check out the new venue. Linwood College on the old Avonside Girls’ High site, 180 Avonside Drive. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes to help you find your way around!! No need for instruments- lessons don’t start till the 8th but come on down, check out the parking and find your classroom.

Welcome to a new year

Welcome to another great year of music making. Enrolments are being accepted right through January – all you have to do is go to, put your details in and we’ll be back in touch as soon as we can. If you have questions just email us at or call the office on 366-1711.

Job Vacancy at CSM

The Christchurch School of Music is seeking a co-ordinator for its Outreach Band Programme which is held in primary schools across Christchurch. Preference will be given to a person who could also teach a band instrument in the programme (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, guitar, percussion) to primary school aged children.

The role is a flexible one requiring approximately 240-260 hours of administration a year, depending on enrolment numbers. Any teaching will be over and above that.

If you have great people skills, are well organised, love working with young children, are passionate about the value of music in children’s lives then this could be the job for you.

It will initially be a one year fixed term contracted position. Remuneration will be dependent on the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications

Applications close on Friday 6 December at 10pm. Please email CSM’s Music Director on with your expression of interest and you will be sent the application pack.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to all our 2019 scholarship winners who all performed superbly at the Scholarship Concert at The Piano on Monday 25 November. The full list of scholarship winners can be found here



Join the Dawn Chorus!

Like our Christchurch School of Music musicians, New Zealand’s dawn-chorus birds
make beautiful music, with quirky rhythms and lovely melodies.

Now you can join the CSM Dawn Chorus and help us to fill the air with music!

Support us in building our nest as we continue to nurture and inspire our learners of all ages.

As a member of the CSM Dawn Chorus you will become part of our family,
and will be acknowledged on our website and in our programmes.
You will hear about our concerts, events and get updates on our students and our achievements.

Your generous gift will empower musicians from all backgrounds to experience the joy of
music making, learn teamwork, and gain self-confidence and a life-long love of music.


Choose which bird-member of the Dawn Chorus you want to be, make your donation, and you’ll receive a bunch of goodies from CSM including stunning art prints of our fantastical native bird illustrations we commissioned especially by Simon Shaw, and free tickets to CSM events throughout 2020.


We look forward to having you on board!

Join the Dawn Chorus!

Posted by Christchurch School of Music (CSM) on Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Congratulations to UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Helen Renaud and the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Concert Band who had a very successful weekend at the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival. National awards for top orchestra and top concert band!!

Huge weekend coming up – Showcase and UC CYO concert!!

This coming weekend will be huge. On Saturday we will be rehearsing for our Showcase Concert from 11.00-2.00 and then our annual Showcase will be at 5.00pm in the Town Hall. Following the Showcase the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra will be presenting its second major concert of the year – “Bolero” Tickets for both the Showcase and the UC CYO concert are available from the CSM office during the week and there will be door sales. Everyone welcome – it will be a great evening of wonderful music making.