Resort’s new sound of music


A trust’s about to be formed to upscale opportunities for local youngsters to learn music. Philip Chandler talks to two women who’ve battled to run a music school, and a new Queenstowner who’s going to be instrumental in turning it around.

Opportunities for Wakatipu youth to make music are about to explode.

For almost four years, Queenstowner Emma Wilson and Arrowtowner Alison Price have voluntarily run the Lakes Community Music School on a wing and a prayer.

It’s operated out of Wakatipu High and other venues, delivering affordable music lessons to 50 to 60 students.

“To be honest, it wasn’t really growing,” Price says.

“It was doing what it needed to do but it hadn’t addressed the breadth of [musical] instruments.”

It also wasn’t tapping into primary school kids who’re at the best age to learn instruments.

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