School Holiday Programmes Wellington

Level one update

We are now taking pencil bookings for our school holiday programmes. With four weeks left before we start we are very confident that we will be running.

School Holiday Programmes in Wellington

Are you looking for a fun school holiday programme based around music in Wellington? This holiday programme is ideal for beginner to intermediate level. The Rock Academy holiday programme suits young singers, guitarists, ukulele, keyboard and creative kids who love to play and sing ‘cool’ songs. Our holiday programme is lots of fun and has just the right element of education to keep any young muso excited. During the programme, the young pop stars learn popular songs both modern and old school. We also help them to write their own songs, take them busking (Kilbirnie, Wellington) and we teach them lots of tricks to arm them for their musical future. We run workshops to help them understand the music industry and how they can be successful with their music at any level.

The pupils are beaming by the end of the holiday programme and we get lots of great feedback.  It’s a holiday programme unique to Wellington and we have had pupils fly in from Auckland to attend.


The beautiful St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 5 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie. 

July 2020 dates

Week 1: Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th

Week 2: Wednesday15th, Thursday 16st and Friday 17th.

Start: 8:45am       Finish: 3:30pm

September dates 2020, Wednesday to Friday both weeks of the holidays.

December dates 2020, Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd.

Who attends?

Our programme is ideal for beginner/intermediate singers, guitarists, bass, keyboard and ukulele (sorry no drums) and is suitable for ages up to 15.

We have portable keyboards and portable microphone/PA. Guitarists need to bring acoustic guitars as do ukulele and bass players.

Beginner, intermediate or advanced?

Ideal for beginner pupils and intermediate/advanced pupils. Each of the educational activities is designed so that all levels are challenged and engaged at the same time.


Learning new and exciting songs

The kids get to learn lots of cool rock and pop songs both modern and old school. Playing and singing over the course of the holiday programme can be like having six months or a year of lessons in three days. The improvements can be amazing. Seeing the young musicians and singers move ahead leaps and bounds is a very satisfying part of our job.

Rock Academy’s got talent

Pupils learn how to audition, introduce themselves, hold eye contact and perform a piece to the group. There is no pressure and it’s not compulsory. We try and help the shy kids come out of their skin and the more confident kids learn tricks to help them on stage and in life.

Busking trips 

The busking trips are great for building confidence in young musicians. We see shy kids come out of their shell and confident kids learn to focus their energy in a public environment. It’s honest work and they deserve every cent they earn. This activity is a highlight of the holiday programme for many of the participants.

Beat time

Every morning we start with some basic exercise’s and beat time is lots of fun. We start with basic beats and paradiddle exercises. By the end of three days, we hope that participants are able to jump on a drum kit and play a basic beat and feel great about it.

Lucy and Eva playing the guitar at The Rock Academy School Holiday Programme, Kilbirnie, Wellington.

Songwriting workshops 

This is a great way for the participants to experience and advance their songwriting and creative channels. If they have never written a song before then we help the pupils get the ball rolling. We help the young musicians to structure with basic chords and express their inner voice through music and lyrics.

Singing lessons/exercises

Singing exercise’s, warm up’s and scales every morning. A great way for everyone to learn a little about singing. We encourage all the kids to sing, for themselves or to help project their voice into the world. This also helps with daily busking trips. (busking trips may be on hold for April holidays)

Instrument upskill sessions

Learning new riffs, licks, chords, tricks and techniques. These little workshops are great for showing tricks that really help speed up the learning curve of the young musicians.

Expressing their dreams

Learning what it means to be a successful musician, however ambitious that may be. We encourage our pupils to express their musical dreams whether they are small, playing for themselves or larger where they dream of playing to a bigger audience. There is no right or wrong way to play music, as long as they enjoy themselves and music is adding something valuable to their life or others.


Thanks so much for the fabulous 3 days of the holiday programme. It was such a great experience for Opal. She LOVED it! You are totally onto a winner there ☺ Rebecca Sinclair July 2018

We just want to say a big thank you for the 3 days Luke and Sam spent at the holiday programme with you – they had an awesome time – Luke has since gone busking on his own (with his Dad in tow!) and the boys are just so into their music now!! Jane Wellik September 2017

Jai, Riley and Max wrote an amazing song during the 3-day programme.


CONTACT us today for more information or to book.
P. 021565750