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2019 gets underway

Nigel TongsWelcome to new and returning families to Saturday Music 2019. We are delighted to provide music education classes for children 4-13 years once again in the Manawatu. We trust you have found information about the programme accessible and we always appreciate your feedback.

Saturday Music operates as a charitable organisation. We receive funds each year from the Ministry of Education in order to subsidise lesson costs for parents to about $5 per lesson. We are also supported by the Manawatu Music For Youth Trust, the owners and insurers of all the hire instruments students access each year. The partnership between these three organisations results in students who become master music makers. It was my privilege to attend a concert last week given by past students who are currently studying music performance at university. An extremely heart-warming experience!

Saturday Music 2019 Handbook
It's green this year. If you don’t have one, you should! Copies will be available again next week at the office, and it can be downloaded from our website. Please read it. It will answer most of your questions and help to unclog my email inbox.

Communications
We thank everyone for their patience over the last three weeks. Neither Keiko (Piano and language teacher) or I (Primary school teacher) are full-timers at Saturday Music. We both do our best to respond to queries when we can. EMAIL IS OUR PRIMARY COMMUNICATION MODE. Our answerphone, texts and facebook messages are mostly responded to by email, allowing us to manage and track these efficiently. Email responses are our priority, so apologies to those whose texts or answerphone messages have received slow or no response to this point.

FACEBOOK (Saturday Music) will post regular updates for parents regarding lessons and new events. Please follow our page and like anything you… like.

Instrument hire
Instruments may still be hired for those children who were unable to attend the first week. Please arrive 30 minutes before to make your hire arrangements with Keiko.

2019 enrolments
Many instrument courses are now near capacity. Beginner Keyboard classes have a waiting list. Enrolments remain open for Music Basics (as children turn 4 years old, and as word gets around!). Manawatu Voices Choir has 14 members so far. We require 30 to form the choir officially. If your child would like to be part of this representative group please enrol and spread the word that enrolments are still open.
Manawatu Training Orchestra begins on Friday, March 29th at 4:00pm at Square Edge Community Arts building in the Evelyn Rawlins room (1st floor – up the stairs). This group is available for string, brass and woodwind students who have been learning for two years.

Tutors
We welcome new and returning tutors to the programme this year:
Guitar: Nathan Lau Jack Broad
Violin/cello: Sasha Routh Anna Prasitdamrong
Woodwind: Mike Piankov Deborah Thompson
Brass: Allen Miller Ali Bellringer
Drums: Marchant van Wyk Jason Gardner (relieving)
Keyboard: Kath Fuller Maria Aitken Wen Lim Lydia McDonnell
Music Basics: Emma Minchin Deborah Thompson Maia Samoa
Ukulele: Maia Samoa
Choir: Lydia McDonnell
Orchestra: Nigel Tongs
Student volunteers: Ben Lyne Sophie Banks Chloe Grapentin

We are searching for a replacement drum tutor. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Keiko or I. Similarly, we are always looking to have relief tutors on standby as they are needed. Keiko and I will gladly meet them, as the alternative to having no relievers available is cancelled classes!

Tuning instruments
Beginner guitar, ukulele and violin students will be shown how to tune their instruments during the first few lessons. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to stay for the lesson so they can assist their children to tune their instruments in the future. Instruments may be tuned with the aid of one of the following: a clip-on tuner; a chromatic tuner (these may be purchased at a music shop) or a smartphone app. Tuned guitars and violins ensure maximum teaching time during the lesson. Nigel or Keiko will be able to help tune if available (check the admin desk!).

Respecting our hosts - In the classroom
We ask all parents and students, as visitors to PNINS, to respect the school’s property and the materials in classrooms; please do not touch things in the classrooms, or take food or drink into the classrooms. This includes students who are current PNINS students. Students should notify us at the admin desk in the foyer before retrieving any personal equipment from their classroom. Parents/siblings are welcome to stay during the lessons, but must not disrupt the lessons by talking on cellphones, let younger siblings cause disruptive distractions or have lengthy conversations with others. Cell phones must be muted during lessons please.

Should any LOST PROPERTY be discovered, please forward these items to the admin desk, where we can locate the owners.

Parking management
Parking for parents is available in the Linton St car park and the South St car park. If these are full, then roadside parking is the only alternative.

Safety messages – Please ensure your child understands these
All efforts are made to ensure lessons are conducted with safe procedures. All persons must communicate to us any discovered hazards so these can be addressed as soon as practical. A first aid kit is available at the office should one be needed.
In case of the need for EVACUATION, all persons are to assemble on the grass field in a calm manner where the tutors will attend to confirming all students are present.
!!! Our greatest hazard is the car parking area !!! Please drive with all due concern for young pedestrians when on the PNINS site.

In such a case, students may only leave the assembly area WHEN RELEASED by their TUTOR, and only with their parent.

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School request that all children be actively supervised by parents when playing on playground equipment. PNINS and Saturday Music cannot take any responsibility for injury on these activity areas.

Change requests
Class change requests can be made to the director. A successful change incurs a $5 fee, payable on notification of the successful change, as and when they change options are available.

Websites
Our Facebook pages are ready to be ‘liked’. These will contain news and notices as they come to hand. The Saturday Music website also contains a copy of the 2019 handbook which we encourage families to download and read. This has already been sent to all families in PDF form for your information.

Items for sale
We do field inquiries about instrument purchases and also instruments for sale. We currently have a good quality ¾ size cello ready for a good home for $700. If you have instruments for sale, we are happy to advertise them in our newsletters and spread words to our students’ families on your behalf.

Instrument donations
Though storage is at a premium, we do accept any ‘lonely’ instruments that would like to be donated in support of Saturday Music and families involved. Contact Nigel if you have any inquiries or items to donate.

Refunds / Class changes
Please check the handbook to confirm our policies regarding withdrawals, refunds, transfers (sport clashes, etc.) and the fees involved.

Rotary Youth Music Festival
In May each year young musicians are given the opportunity to share their music in a public setting as part of the Rotary Youth Music Festival. Students with 2 or more years experience are invited to prepare some of their pieces to create a 15-30 minute performance. Parents should liaise with their tutor or myself to arrange your child’s performance. More details will be available soon.

If you have any queries, you will usually find either Nigel or Keiko at the office admin desk ready to help. We look forward to another very successful year of musical achievement.


Kind regards,

Nigel Tongs (Director)
Keiko Uchidate (Assistant Director) W: www.saturdaymusic.org.nz
E: contact@saturdaymusic.org.nz
M: 027 825 6927



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