Youth Vocal Arts: Colour and Canvas

6-8 year olds

When young children sing, it is instinctive, expressive and fearless. At Rata, we want to ensure every young singer continues to feel comfortable in their voice, so that they can bypass the stage of self-consciousness.  Welcome to Kowhai class, voice lessons for 6-8 year olds.

This course will include playful experimentation and exploration of sounds, words, rhythm and melody, helping ‘Kowhai’ students to get to know and gain confidence in their voice. ‘Kowhai’ students will be introduced to a variety of songs with discussion on differences in melody, style and emotion. Focus will be given to understanding and portraying the meaning of the words. Songs will be prepared as a group, developing performance skills. The term will finish with a performance for the children’s families.

Course Outcomes

Kowhai students will:

  • develop their voice in range, volume, tone.
  • build their vocal (and social) confidence in a friendly, safe and inclusive environment.
  • explore methods of song learning.
  • learn the importance and methods of understanding and portraying song meaning.
  • learn performance skills.
  • participate in a group performance for their families.

Timetable and Enrolment

Term 1 2020
Start: 8th Feb 
Finish: 4th April 
Saturdays, 10.00am-10.45am
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Target Market
Girls and boys aged 6-8 years
(incl GST)
$180 for 45 min lessons for 9 weeks


About Madeleine Knowles

Madeleine Knowles is about to Graduate from Toi Whakaari, The New Zealand Drama School. She has worked as a Teacher of Dance, Voice training and Speech and Drama for 4 years. She has also Obtained her Advanced Diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching and Performance with Distinction. Going through the Trinity Exams in Musical Theatre and Speech and Drama she is excited to share her knowledge of the performing arts. Madeleine Works in Television when she is not teaching, working on shows such as Shortland St, Mean Mums, and Educators, not only as an actor on screen but also being an acting coach for children on set. 

Madeleine has extensive experience working in Musical Theatre with younger kids and teens in both voice and performance technique. She has great energy and enthusiasm and we are really pleased to have her on the team.


Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243