The St Heliers Music Centre share a love of Music and Arts as well as the vibrant community of creative students who contribute towards the diversity of this space.
The idea of creating this Music School for students and teachers was initiated by the pianist Flavio Villani. Established in 2015, the Music Centre is situated in the St Heliers Church and Community Centre, Auckland. With the support of the centre and their staff as well as the opportunity to use the beautiful Community Centre with great facilities, the Music Centre continues to grow steadily.
ABOUT US – MUSIC SCHOOL
The St Heliers Music Centre provides a range of instrumental tuition options for children of any age with an aim to give strong musical education by experienced and professional music teachers as well as the opportunity to gain ensemble and orchestra experience, where kids can share the joy of making music together. We also offer the possibility of preparing for theory exams in our theory classes, for beginners up to a higher education as well as the process of forming a piece of music by combining the parts or elements of music in our composition class. Our team of motivated and musically qualified teachers and the assignment of high professional musicians love sharing their knowledge of music with joy and passionate devotion. Our lessons are tailored to each student of all ages and level of progress so that everyone can have an own agenda of the musical journey.
SPECIAL MUSIC PROJECTS
Our special projects are designed to teach the children not only an instrument but also to bring them closer to the music they make and to develop a feeling for what the composer wanted to express with it. These projects convey different methodologies of teaching music where the students can share, improve their music skills and boost their creativity. Two examples in the past year have been the Music in a Nutshell series where students presented music and information about Mozart and Chopin.
Exams preparation and regular concert performances are seen as a highly important part of our students’ education. Priority is given in creating an artistic personality for each young musician. We provide concert series and workshops with teachers from different academies and Universities as well as professional musicians or ensembles from overseas. The 2013 Award from the Local Board for the Arts, Culture and Heritage to Flavio Villani is a good endorsement of the hard work. But our best recommendation is the joy of the people and the great feedback of who attend our events.
Xiaole Chun wrote this piece of music herself and with her two friends performed it as part of a fund raising concert at St Heliers Centre. Michael Song on piano and Xiaole are students at the St Heliers Centre for Music They learn under Flavio Villani, Director of St heliers Music School and the Villani School of Music.