Youth Vocal Arts: Karaka ensemble

9-13 year olds

This group will focus on singing within a vocal group, developing group performance skills, singing in harmony and acapella as well as accompanied group singing. While focusing on performance and group work the students will explore sound, words, rhythm and melody to help them gain control and confidence in their voice. ‘Karaka’ singers will learn songs in a variety of styles which will be prepared in detail, focusing on accuracy and group performance skills. There may also be opportunities for solo singing so ‘Karaka’ students can experience the differences between solo and ensemble performance. One of the outcomes of this group is to find some performance opportunities throughout the year for them.

Course Outcomes

Karaka students will:

  • develop their voice in range, volume, tone.
  • build their vocal (and social) confidence in a friendly, safe, inclusive environment.
  • learn how to study a song in detail.
  • learn ways to portray the meaning of the words.
  • learn performance skills.
  • participate in a variety of performances throughout the year.

Timetable and Enrolment


Term 4 2020
Start: 10th Oct
Finish: 12th Dec (NB: No lesson on 24th Oct for Labour Weekend)
Saturdays: 11.30am -12.30pm


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Ruth Armishaw

Target Market

Girls and boys aged 9-13 years

(incl GST)

$210 for 1 hour lessons for 9 weeks



About Ruth Armishaw

Ruth Armishaw is a performing and teaching freelance musician based in Wellington. With a Bachelor of Music and a BMus(Hons) in Vocal Jazz Performance from Massey University and the New Zealand School of Music, she also holds a Performers Certificate in classical piano from Trinity College London.

Ruth’s teaching experience spans 16 years, covering all ages and class sizes, from individuals to large groups, including choirs and musical theatre classes. Specialising in young voices, she is currently vocal tutor at Musical Stars, a musical theatre school for children, and has enjoyed leading the choirs and teaching music theory at Wellington Music Centre for 11 years. Ruth was Musical Co-Director for the Wellington region’s ArtSplash children’s festival for 4 years and has tutored many school choirs. While teaching piano and singing for 5 years at Chilton Saint James’ School, Ruth taught students individually across all year-levels including primary-school children, believing that if a young child has the passion for singing and the focus to work one-on-one, a teacher can harness that without pushing the voice to develop too early. As an itinerant vocal tutor at several high schools, Ruth has helped advance many teenage voices, including preparing students for NCEA performance assessments.

Ruth is working towards accreditation in the Estill Voice Training Programme and has completed the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses. This a method which focuses on safely exploring a full range of vocal expression, tone and style, through learning to finely control the various structural components of the voice. While giving Ruth a deeper knowledge and versatility of her own instrument, this has in turn helped her understand her students’ voices and ways of building and fostering them.

Our Location

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