Welcome to the NZ Modern School of Music website. Since 1952, the NZ Modern School of Music has provided Kiwis of all ages, throughout the country, with a fun, modern approach to learning music.
My name is Sandra Drysdale and I manage the Taupo/Tongariro area. I have a passion for music and teaching, and enjoy passing on this love of music to my pupils and watching them excel.
I have been teaching music for NZ Modern School of Music in Taupo for over 30 years. We have 6 teachers operating within the Taupo/Tongariro region.
“We highly recommend NZMSM to any prospective students”
We heard about the Modern School of Music through word of mouth and were put in contact with one of the local NZMSM teachers. My daughter has been taking piano lessons now for 4 years. She is very arty and learns in unorthodox creative ways. We have found NZMSM syllabus to be perfectly suited to her learning style and her teacher to be incredibly encouraging and supportive in allowing her to express this side of her personality through her music. She has competed in three NZMSM competitions and sat NZMSM practical and theory exams. The parallel keyboard syllabus has also provided her with amazing opportunities to perform in live bands.
The local NZMSM is a tight knit group, so having met the majority of the team, we have found them all to to be friendly, passionate and supportive in their joint vision for their students. We highly recommend NZMSM to any prospective students.
"I am continuing to use my piano playing skills and will always use what I have learnt in the future."
I first started piano lessons with NZMSM when I was seven years of age (14 years ago) and I have continued since then to complete my diploma level practical piano exam and also my theory diploma exam.
Over the years I have played in the competitions in Taupo and in concerts and it has been awesome.
I am continuing to use my piano playing skills and will always use what I have learnt in the future.
"I have found learning piano with NZMSM over the last ten years an extremely rewarding hobby"
I have done practical exams, played in concerts and competitions, and completed my NZMSM theory diploma. This year as a result of what I had learnt I was accepted for a performance based piano course in Auckland where I attained my diploma.
"It really has been a good opportunity for me to grow as a musician"
I have been learning piano with NZMSM for over four years. It really has been a good opportunity for me to grow as a musician. I have had great support from my NZMSM teacher and have completed practical and theory exams. I really enjoy competing in competitions and playing in concerts.
" ...she has really improved under the tutorage of her NZMSM teacher... "
I was asked to provide a testimonial for the NZMSM and I have no hesitation doing so.
My daughter Aria started with NZMSM in Taupo 5 years ago on our return to New Zealand. Music lessons in Japan gave Aria a good grounding in classical piano playing but she has really improved under the tutorage of her NZMSM teacher. Her teacher has taught her how to put feeling and soul into her music, something that was missing in her music before.
Aria really enjoys her lessons and likes the fact that she can learn modern and contemporary piano. Aria also enjoys the competitive side of music and has done well in local competitions.