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Dear parents/caregivers

Welcome to term three of Saturday Music!

Busy 2nd term for Saturday Music
p1Classes have been well attended considering the Winter colds and flu that have been encountered. Thank you to parents who have diligently contacted Saturday Music to notify us of absences. All but six students who have had clashes with Winter sports have been able to shift to alternative class times. That must be a record!

Term dates – Are these on your calendar?
The dates for term 3 are:
July 29th, August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Sept 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

The Orchestra dates for term 3 are:
July 28th, August 4th, 11th, 18th, 24th/25th (In-Schools concert series), Sept 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd.

We farewell Stephanie McKenzie, our woodwind tutor for many years, who is shifting her focus to cater many family changes that are happening. We are going to miss her wonderful teaching approach and expertise in woodwind instruments. We hope to see her back in the future!

New Tutors
p2Caitlin Fredrichs, Music Basics tutor, is taking up the woodwind classes from the beginning for term three, an area she is a specialist in. We also welcome Grace Barron who begins in term 3 as our new Music Basics tutor. Having recently relocated to the Manawatu from Auckland, where she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in flute performance from the University of Auckland, Grace has over 10 years experience teaching music. We look forward to Grace’s contribution to Saturday Music.

Wellington Young Voices Choir workshop
Saturday Music Choir class and Linton Camp School Choir recently hosted Wellington Young Voices choir at a day workshop at PNINS. After some fun singing, some specific training, and a shared lunch, the three choirs all performed for parents and families. Wellington Young Voices and conductors Christine Argyle and Anya, were very impressed with the work that the Palmerston North choirs had put in, considering the resources they have available to them. The combined items (involving 71 children!) were particularly impressive.

Rotary Youth Music Festival
32 students were involved in our Saturday afternoon performance at the Café Royale in Square Edge as part of this year’s Rotary Youth Music Festival this year, our greatest representative number so far. Congratulations to the Saturday Music Choir class, saxophone, violin and guitar students who all took part and performed to a very appreciative audience.

Instrument care
From time to time, an instrument requires maintenance or repair. PARENTS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ATTEMPT REPAIRS THEMSELVES. Such attempts are against hire agreements and can make repairs even more difficult. Please forward the instrument to Nigel or Keiko who will be able to arrange the repairs or maintenance needed.

Progress Reports (for instrument students)
All students taking instrument classes will receive their progress reports from their tutors towards
the end of Term 3. These reports outline how much progress students have made so far this year and
give suggestions/advice on how they can improve on their playing, practice routine, etc.

2nd September - Saturday Music Open Day and 2018 enrolments
Saturday 2nd September is an important day for all our Saturday Music families. It will be everyone’s opportunity to observe classes around the school in operation, especially for those who are looking to choose an instrument for their 2018 lessons. The general public are also invited to attend.

Also operating will be our demonstration centre in Te Tihi (Hall). We will have expert and volunteer demonstrators with a range of instruments for children to have a try with. Students will be able to hear the tone and get the feel of the instrument to help their choice. It will also be the first opportunity for students to enroll for 2018 classes. Our 2018 handbook, online enrolment forms and instrument hire forms will be available for the first time.

For parents looking to purchase an instrument, our demonstrators will be able to give you guidelines for the type and price range of the instrument that will be suitable for your child’s lessons, and they can also tell you where the music stores are in town.

Safety messages – Please remind your child about 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.
1] !!! Our greatest hazard is the car parking area !!! Please drive with all due concern for young pedestrians when on the PNINS site.

2] Please ensure cars do not park across vehicle routes around the buildings, particularly beside Room 1 and the wooden fence.

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.

All the best for another successful term ahead!

Kind regards

Nigel Tongs (Director) and
Keiko Uchidate (Assistant Director)


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