Welcome to The Muse Community Music Trust, where everyone can make music.
We are a charitable trust based in Christchurch, New Zealand, dedicated to making music accessible to all people, regardless of age, financial circumstances, experience or ability.
To see our 2021 programme go to Coming Up page.
At The Muse you can:
The Muse acknowledges the support of The Rātā Foundation, The Christchurch City Council, the Vodafone Foundation and Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, Creative New Zealand and the Community Arts Development Fund. See our sponsors for more information.
We believe music belongs to everyone and that we learn best when we are having fun and we feel safe.
We believe music belongs to everyone, and it is lack of opportunity that divides 'musicians' from 'non-musicians'. In some cultures there is no word or concept for 'song'. Singing is embedded in all daily activities and is seen as an integral part of each task.
A person who is tone deaf is unable to hear differences in pitch. This person would speak in a monotone voice like a robot. People learn to vocally reproduce pitch at various ages. Adults who miss this opportunity as children can learn to 'pitch match' at any stage of life. Many people were told when they were younger that they are 'tone deaf'. This is nonsense! For help for people who think they can't sing see Reclaim Your Voice.
"I can read music, but I can't improvise." "I can learn by ear, but I can't read music." These feelings of limitation are far too common. The Muse aims to help musicians fill the gaps in their musical development.
Excellence without competition
We believe music is an art-form, and promote alternatives to competition as ways for people to showcase their talent. We aim to help each individual to strive for their personal best, to be inspired rather than judged by the achievements of others.
The Muse networks with other music providers, and provides assistance for individuals to find each other (guitarist seeks singer etc).
We have a number of computers running music software. Unfortunately we don't have any where to set these up. Contact us if you can help.