The Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme began in 2001, with the purpose of placing music industry professionals into classrooms to support teachers and students (year 7 to 13) with their aspirations in performance, song writing, composition, digital production and understanding aspects of the music industry. The Programme visits over 60 mainstream schools and kura kaupapa Maori each year, stretching the entire length and breadth of Aotearoa. There is no cost to the school and the visits usually take the form of two days’ full immersion for the Mentor and musically inclined students. We work in urban settings as well as in remote and rural locations, where it can be challenging to find music specialist teachers or sustain a music course of learning. More than 150 musicians have participated in the programme in its 20-year history, ranging from icons such as Annie Crummer, Jon Toogood, Julia Deans, and Rob Ruha to current stars such as Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B), Kaaterama Pou (MAIMOA Music), Sam Trevethick from Shapeshifter, Bella Kalolo and Laughton Kora. Our selection and appointment procedures meet with requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014) for adults safely working with youth. As well as the gains made in education achievement, our annual audit of teachers/Kaiako and students/tauira highlight the long-lasting inspiration young people gain from meeting a working music professional, as well as the many holistic gains in confidence, individuality and self-belief. If you are interested in your school being on our 2022/2023 list, please fill out our online form here: https://airtable.com/shr9YC5zpSJFjGdsG
Hook, Line & Sing-A-Long Results!
Listening to this year's Hook, Line & Sing-A-Long entries has been such a breath of fresh air, we are happy to hear from so many joyful, resilient and thoughtful young songwriters! While listening the judges are always keeping in mind the purpose of the contest - a song for young NZ kids to sing and sign. The winners this year have provided us with some stunning anthems. Congratulations to all of our entrants, you did not make this decision easy.
1st Place: “Summertime” by Finn and Hugo Clark (Homeschool)
2nd Place: “The Albatross” by Sophia Caldwell, Maggie Caldwell, Lucy Hughes, Mihi Wesley–Evans (Queen’s High School Dunedin)
3rd Place: “What a beauty!” by Read more
Resources for the Hook, Line and Sing-a-long 2021 Song "Aroha I Aotearoa" Written by Anna Feillet From Otago Girls’ High School Are Available Now!
Anna Feillet is 13 years old and is in Year 9. Born in Dunedin, Anna’s family originate from France and she is very proud of her bi-lingual, dual heritage. Her interests include dance, drawing, reading and baking as well as everything musical. As well as ‘ukulele and guitar Anna is a capable pianist and is now also learning drums. Her song writing commenced last year, as a wellness taonga for a young cancer sufferer.