Music and audio courses

Free music classes in Auckland. Music and audio mentoring programmes for young people 15-24 who may not fit into mainstream education settings.

Led by industry professionals, for every level and stage of your journey, Crescendo’s programmes help develop skills in songwriting, audio engineering, music production and recording, whilst also teaching wellbeing and communication skills.

Our Free Music Programmes

Crescendo offer two programmes that run between 9-12 weeks and cover composition, recording, audio and live sound.  Classes are held at Crescendo Studio in Avondale, Auckland, or online if working under Covid-19 restrictions.  

Programmes are open to youth 15 -24 years and are free for youth, see below for more info of download the PDF flyer. If you work with youth and want to order copies of the brochure for your organisation or school, please fill in the form below.

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Te Urunga - the Entrance

Introduction to music production, digital music production, songwriting, composition, audio engineering, digital audio work (daw), and recording.

Stage:  Foundations Course. Beginner level youth programme.

About Te Urunga Youth Programme:

Do you have an interest in music, but you’re not sure if music is the right path for you? Then Te Urunga is the right level for you. This course covers the fundamentals of songwriting and recording.  During this course, there is a strong focus on building mental health, self-esteem and confidence. 

By the end of the course, students will have an overview of recording equipment and software and knowledge of the varying roles that exist for a career in music or audio.

How is it structured?

Te Urunga classes run Monday and Tuesdays 10am – 1pm for 9 weeks. 

2023 Te Urunga Programme Dates: 
Term 1 – Monday 30th January 2023 -Friday 31st March 2023
Term 2 –  Monday 24th April 2023 -Friday 23rd June 2023
Term 3 –  Monday 17th July 2023 -Friday 15th September 2023
Term 4 –  Monday 9th October 2023 -Friday 8th December 2023

 This course is free for youth aged 15-24. Fill in the registration form below to secure your place or get in touch by filling in the enquiry form below.  

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What does it cover?

The course covers an introduction to:

  • Different genres and artists
  • Creating lyrics, rhymes and composing songs
  • Music and recording equipment
  • Recording software/Digital Audio Workstations
  • Hauora/wellbeing
  • Goal-setting
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creativity, self-expression and self-awareness
  • Professional soft-skills and communication

 

On completion of this course, students can enter  the next youth programme Te Ara (The Way) – see below.

 

Have a question about the Te Urunga music and wellbeing programme?  Complete the enquiry form below.  

Te Ara - The Way

Music production, digital music production, songwriting, composition, audio engineering, digital audio work (DAW), and recording.

Stage: Intermediate Level.

About Te Ara Youth Programme:

This course is perfect for people who have some knowledge or experience songwriting or in audio and may want to pursue a career or further training in music or audio. Broaden your existing knowledge and specialise in your chosen area of songwriting or audio production.

How is it structured?

Te Ara classes run Monday and Wednesday 4 – 7pm for 9 weeks.

2023 Te Ara Programme Dates: 
Term 1 – Monday 30th January 2023 -Friday 31st March 2023
Term 2 –  Monday 24th April 2023 -Friday 23rd June 2023
Term 3 –  Monday 17th July 2023 -Friday 15th September 2023
Term 4 –  Monday 9th October 2023 -Friday 8th December 2023

 Complete the enquiry form to join the mailing list to be notified of updated dates. 


On completion of this course, students are automatically enrolled in Mahi Waiata (The Gig) – see below.

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What does it cover?

Topics covered include:

  • Music production and working with clients
  • Audio engineering and DAW
  • Collaborative songwriting
  • Music industry business
  • Artist Development
  • Creating a demo
This course is free for youth 15-24. Fill in the registration form below to secure your place in the next intake. Have a question about the Te Ara music and wellbeing programme?  Complete the enquiry form below.  

Mahi Waiata - The Gig

The experience of a real gig while under the guidance of music industry professionals, fellow rangatahi and everything you need to get you started on your chosen path. 

Stage: Intermediate Level (students must complete Te Ara before starting Mahi Waiata). 

About Mahi Waiata Youth Programme:

Mahi Waiata is a three-week course teaching an introduction to live sound and performance. You will be exposed to the wider workings of the industry and gain hands-on experience organising and promoting a live gig. You will learn about the different roles involved and how to communicate with backstage and techs.

This course is for Musicians wanting to learn more about performing live, gig promotion, budgeting and logistics. The course covers what to expect from people organising a live gig, the different roles involved, how to communicate with promoters, backstage and techs, questions you may be asked and what is expected of you / or your band.  

What does it cover?

  • Introduction to live sound
  • Organising a live music event
  • Performance
  • Music industry business and marketing 
  • Exposure to professional services delivery processes and deadlines
  • Mental health and safety in the industry

How is it structured?

Mahi Waiata classes are usually Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Extra hours may be needed as negotiated with the group. 

2023 Mahi Waiata Programme Dates: 
Term 1 – Monday 30th January 2023 – Friday 31st March 2023
Term 2 –  Monday 24th April 2023 – Friday 23rd June 2023
Term 3 –  Monday 17th July 2023 – Friday 15th September 2023
Term 4 –  Monday 9th October 2023 – Friday 8th December 2023

Complete the enquiry form to join the mailing list to be notified of updated dates. 

Watch the 2021 documentary ‘the Collective’ following Crescendo students organising a gig.

Cost - Auckland Free Music Classes

Crescendo offer free music classes for youth. The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa has funding to offer places in our music and wellbeing programmes free to youth aged 15-24.

Many of the youth that enrol in our programmes do not fit into, or have dropped out of, mainstream education or employment pathways. We welcome people from all walks of life. Our focus is on music and wellbeing and positive mental health practices to improve self-esteem and self-worth. We aim for 95% of youth programme graduates to transition into employment or further education.

If you are an organisation working in schools, youth development or with ‘at risk’ or NEET youth and want to refer people to our programmes or 1-1 Mentoring sessions, please get in touch by filling in the referral form.  

Programme Enquiry & Notifications

Fill in the form below to: 

  • join our waitlist mailing list to be updated with 2023 music programmes dates and times or
  • submit an enquiry to our programme manager
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Crescendo Artists Performing

Testimonials

“Working with Crescendo I have created two EPs. They really helped with creativity. The environment you are in, being around people that are into what you are into – it really helps. Working with CTOA it’s helped me not be afraid, to just push my work out there.”

– Levi Parker, Crescendo Graduate. 
View video here.

“Music is a distraction from a lot of things, and music definitely helps. Being part of Crescendo,  feels like a family. Without music I would be nowhere. I would still be on the streets. If music is your dream, then follow it and don’t let anybody stop you” 

– Wilimena, Crescendo Graduate.
View video here.

 

“After attending classes at Crescendo, I really noticed the difference in her confidence. Her anxiety and tourettes had really reduced and she was able to perform in front of people.  I had tried to seek help and support from so many other services, but nothing had really worked. I don’t know if it was having male role models in her life for the first time, or the connections she made with her mentors through music.

– Mother of a teen that attended Crescendo Music Mentoring.
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