If Music be the food of love, play on

Kennedy School of Music

Kennedy School of Music foster a love and enjoyment of music, while providing the skill set for our students to become excellent musicians.

The Kennedy School of Music

A Little About Us

At KSOM we provide a quality teaching and learning environment designed to support you in reaching your musical goals. We are resourced with top quality staff who are motivated and committed to your musical development.

About KSOM


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our Music School. KSOM was founded with the goal of providing quality musical tuition to all – regardless of age or experience. Here at KSOM our motto is to create excellent musicians all the while fostering a love of music.

We ensure lessons are FUN and engaging and tailored to meet each student’s specific needs. Making music is an experience everyone should be able to access, and we here at KSOM are privileged to do what we love each day – make music with our students! We are one of the fastest growing music schools in Southland for a reason – we believe in making lessons fun and relevant for our students. After all, music is to be enjoyed right?

Lessons are offered in an environment that is interactive and effective and are designed to increase skill and knowledge in a supportive format. Our students especially love the performance opportunities available to them throughout the year, the highlights being our café styled Celebration Concert and KSOM Showcase. Get in touch today to book your FREE intro lesson; let’s discuss your dreams, goals and get your started on your musical journey!


Meet The Team

We are a fun and energetic group with years of experiencing behind us. We’re looking forward to assisting you on your musical journey and helping you reach your musical goals.


Kelly Kennedy

Founder / Owner

Kelly holds a Mus.B (Hons) in music from Otago University and founded Kennedy School of Music in 2011.


Cleo McNaught

Office Manager / Vocal and Piano Tutor

Cleo is our busy office manager – the bright and friendly first contact you receive when enquiring about our programmes.


Marcus Crowe

Piano / Vocal / Guitar / Music Theory

Marcus Crowe teaches piano, guitar and music theory for KSOM and has been a valued member of the team since 2016.


Daniel Aldersley

Saxophone / Mandolin / Clarinet

Daniel is excited to be a part of the KSOM team and looks forward to teaching anyone who is on their musical journey.


Davi Amorim

Drum / Guitar / Ukelele and Bass Tutor

Davi Amorim is a Brazilian drummer and multi-instrumentalist and such a fun and valued member of the KSOM team.


Nichola Allison

Senior Vocal Tutor

Nichola is a classically trained vocalist and holds a Bachelor of Teaching in primary education.


Corrina James

Drum Tutor

Corrina James tutors Drums for KSOM and has had a longstanding love affair with music her whole life.


Jenny Burke

Keyboard Tutor

Jenny Burke tutors piano and keyboard here at KSOM. She is currently in her final year of study at SIT, completing a performance degree in music.



Our Fees

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What Else Do we offer?

Mobile Education

We come to you! We have a small number of students who take lessons in their own homes and we partner with selected schools as required, providing private lessons for students who are unable to travel, on site at their school. We embrace this wonderful opportunity to ensure music lessons are accessible for everyone.

High School Level Music Theory Lessons (NCEA)

Exams coming up at school? Want a little extra tuition for added confidence? We are here to help. Our qualified tutors will assist you in understanding concepts covered and ensuring you have all the tools necessary to achieve your best result.

Kindy & ECE Visits

We meet with you to gain a clear understanding of your needs and put together a programme tailored specifically to your centre’s requirements. This may look like a ten week programme focussing on foundational skills, or perhaps a one off musical lesson as a treat for your children and an opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful world of music. This is a flexible programme designed specifically for you.

In School Consults

Consult with a KSOM Performing Arts Specialist. Specifically tailored to the needs of school teachers; designed to assist you with choir management, production, workshops and rehearsal planning. An opportunity to up-skill your musical teaching techniques.

Tutor Band

We are resourced with an incredible wealth of talent within the KSOM Tutoring team. Our experienced tutors will put together a personalised set to meet the requirements of your event. Whether you’re looking for atmospheric background music, upbeat covers, soulful duo’s or a stripped back acoustic vibe, our tutors are well known within the local scene and have the skills and experience to put together a bespoke musical experience for your unique event.

Audition Workshops

Do you have an audition on the horizon? Or entering the competitions or awards categories? Let us assist you in becoming audition ready. We address all areas including stage presence, performance anxiety, patter, vocal/instrumental health & hygiene, preparation and technique.

Why Should YOUR Child Learn Music?

Studying music contributes to the growth of a well-balanced child in sensitivity, expressiveness, and the spirit essential for functioning in a complicated world.

Confidence and Poise:

Music making offers children a chance to perform for (and with) others, and to develop confidence in their ability to make presentations for groups.

Creativity and Self-expression:

Music experiences often invite individual creative responses and encourage children's imagination in other creative endeavours.

Perseverance and Commitment:

As children become more skilled in singing, moving and playing instruments, they can see and hear the results of their efforts.


The many movement activities associated with music experiences develop both small muscles and large muscles. The awareness of internal steady pulse, coordinated with external movements, can help children regulate their behaviour.

Pride in Achievement:

Sharing music with peers and family reinforces the value of each child in the classroom, and children develop a sense of pride in their musical achievements

Concentration & Problem-solving:

Learning about music requires concentration and focus. When children are asked to analyse, compare and contrast sounds, they are actively engaged in problem-solving experiences.

Fun and Relaxation:

Singing, moving, playing instruments and listening to music are all enjoyable experiences. Music making can provide hours of personal entertainment and relaxation throughout one's entire life.

KSOM Pub Song

KSOM Pub Song is held monthly at Lone Star Cafe & Bar Check KSOM Facebook page for dates.

Get in touch

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