Mentors launch kids into music
New Zealand Music Month has kicked off, with budding songwriters and musicians gaining inspiration straight from the experts thanks to a successful music mentoring programme.
Now in its eighth year, Music Mentoring in Schools is delivered by the New Zealand Music Commission through funding from the Ministry of Education.
Songstress Anna Coddington is one of the talented mentors the commission has recruited to share industry knowledge.
She’s using her composing and performing skills to inspire pupils at schools like St Therese Primary School in Three Kings.
The singer, who released her debut album The Lake in June last year, is also a trained blackbelt karate teacher.
She says although the teaching material may differ, the fundamentals of how students learn remains the same.
“Teaching karate has helped me figure out ways to encourage people to go out of their comfort zones and try new things.
“I just had to get them over their initial shyness, which wasn’t too hard.
“They were very keen. It was the best thing hearing those young people coming up with their own music.”
“It just keeps growing fantastically.
“Thousands of mentor visits have been made since 2001 by musicians and will continue to do so until our ministry contract is reviewed in 2011,” she says.
Making music: Singer and songwriter Anna Coddington knows how to strike a chord with St Therese Primary School pupils.