Music Month All Year Long

June 15th 2014
Though New Zealand Music Month has wrapped up for 2014, the Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme hasn't slowed down a bit! Another action-packed month saw our Mentors at sixteen schools across the country.

Seth Haapu spent a productive week in Taranaki Mentoring at Waitara High School, Stratford School and Inglewood Primary. Musical highlights were many in this busy week.

Students at Stratford High School were busy preparing for their Talent Quest. Seth did some vocal workshops with performers for this, ensuring they'd sound their best on the day. It was also great to meet Jayde Nahi - an amazing electronic music composer with some serious skills. Look out for her!

Students at Waitara High School had a number of established bands playing reggae, funk, and even nu metal. The students welcomed Seth with a whakatau and after a workshop on songwriting skills and structures, everyone spent two intensive days developing their original compositions.

New Mentor Neihana Mackey-Harrison did his first Mentorship at Otorohanga College, and inspired students to gain confidence in their songwriting. He made some really positive connections with students, said teacher Fiona Raine:

"The Majority of students were Maori and really connected with Neihana.He was able to keep at their level but also set high expectations for them. He was very positive in his feedback to them, which gave them more confidence.
Neihana was great for our school. He really connected with our students, and our Principal saw how much the students got out of his visit and is keen for our school to try and keep a connection going with him somehow."

Neihana also Mentored at other schools around the central North Island, visiting Tauhara College, Taupo; Reporoa College and Katikati College.

There was plenty of action in Auckland with Josh Mase of Three Houses Down Mentoring at Mt Roskill Grammar, Onehunga College and Edgewater College; and One Tree Hill College welcomed Malcolm Lakatani.
In Wellington, Rio Hemopo of Trinity Roots worked with students at Rongotai College, while Hera represented on the South Island at Sacred Heart College in Timaru.


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