Hi Janet
You know I had a conversation with Dame Adrienne Stweart, one of the leading patrons of the arts and she said the same thing. I had forgotten about her advice until you reminded me. Thank you.

A bit about MusicRoom.

MusicRoom creates opportunities for students to develop their ‘learning toolbox’ through music-based activities.

My vision is to make music accessible and affordable for families in rural locations. My ‘patch’ is the Ruapehu and Rangitikei regions. I travel to schools to give lessons, often driving for more than 500 kilometres over a week.

The business was started in 2010 in the outer southern region of Auckland by a musician who wanted her children to learn music at school. I joined her in 2012, built up the business and the bought it in 2015. My ‘patch’ in Auckland moved to the rural north-west region and last year I sold that ‘hub’ to my tutor up there. It was her dream to be a music teacher and I am humbled by the knowledge I helped her get there.

I moved to the Central North Island in 2017 and started again there. I have an amazing young tutor working with me and I have started a community band programme through Ruapehu College.

There are four learning principles behind everything we do.

1. Be there. Learning to turn up on time with what you need having done the practice to achieve your goals is a big win for any situation.
2. Solve the problem. Breaking down tasks to find what we know so we can allocate resources to what we need to learn and identify the work required.
3. Where do I fit in? Read the situation, work out where you fit in the plan and support your team-mates. Not everyone is the focus all the time.
4. Have fun. Music is more than notes on a page. It’s a story you can tell your way.

If you would like to know more about MusicRoom, I have some basic information on my very basic website http://www.musicroom.org.nz.

My work is a way to say thank you to all those wonderful people who helped create opportunities for my son, who is now one of New Zealand’s leading military musicians.

Thank you for listening,

Kathy