Musicians Mentoring in Schools programme and Bands Mentoring in Schools programme

Where
New Zealand
When
2016
Who
New Zealand Music Commission
Key objectives of the measure:

Teachers and students develop knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary popular New Zealand music through a practical-based framework in which professional musicians act as mentors in participating schools.
Participants in the Pacifica Beats and Smokefreerockquest programme will be assisted to develop their live performance and event management skills through partnering them with a professional band who provides support, and shares their experiences and knowledge.

Scope of the measure:
National
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Since 2001, the Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme has connected New Zealand’s top musical artists with emerging young talent in schools. The programme is funded for 60 schools per year and each school is funded for up to 10 hours of Mentoring. Usually this is over two full days in rural areas and five visits of two hours each in urban areas, or areas where the mentor is a local. 

More than 150 artists have shared their expertise in songwriting, instrumental and vocal technique, recording technology, and music industry insight.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • Number of schools participating in the programmes annually shows value in programmes.
  • Number of students participating in the programmes annually indicates value in programmes.
  • Participants rate the programmes to have had a positive or strong influence in the areas of song-writing skills, performance skills, theoretical and practical musical skills and enhanced understanding of the New Zealand
    music industry and possible career paths.
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Unable to determine

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme 2014

  • 93 percent of students surveyed reported a strong or positive influence on song-writing skills and understandings.
  • 93 percent of students surveyed reported a strong or positive influence on performance skills and understandings.
  • 95 percent of students surveyed reported a strong or positive influence in students’ personal commitment to future music participation.

Bands Mentoring in Schools Programme 2014

  • More than 85 percent of students surveyed reported a strong or positive value in seeing a professional band perform at their regional event.
  • More than 77 percent of students surveyed reported a strong or positive influence on their understanding of the New Zealand music industry and possible career paths within it.
Indicators used to determine impact:
Students were surveyed on the influence the programme had on:songwriting skills and understandingsperformance skills and understandingspersonal commitment to future music participationvalue in seeing a professional band perform at their regional eventunderstanding of the New Zealand music industry and possible career paths within it.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Music
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Participation