PULSE 2016 musical Honk!

PULSE is for young people aged 11–15 who want to explore creative ideas from all kinds of traditions through singing, musical games, movement and drama activities. It’s open to anyone who loves performing arts and it’s a brilliant opportunity to have fun, develop skills and make great new friends.

The Trimester 1 programme focuses on the production of a fully staged musical. In 2017 this will be Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed work Into the Woods.

PULSE is part of NZSM’s Young Musicians Programme and is led by the School's music education lecturer, Robert Legg. The group is generously supported by Trinity College of London and Music Futures, and students benefit from input on movement from Royal New Zealand Ballet's dance educator Pagan Dorgan.

Registration is now closed for Trimester 1 but will open again in Trimester 2.


Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 5pm to 7pm. The 2017 production is Into the Woods. If you want to take part, you need to be able to commit to all the rehearsals and performances:

2017 rehearsal schedule

  • Intensive weekends: 4-6 February and 28-30 April
  • Regular Tuesday rehearsals (5pm to 7pm) from February to April
  • Technical rehearsal Sunday 7 May
  • Dress rehearsal Monday 8 May
  • Performances on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May from 6pm.

Fees and scholarships

PULSE membership is free of charge. The PULSE musical in Trimester 1 2017 has a $100 non-refundable production fee. Students in YMP are exempt from the production fee.

A limited number of scholarships are available for families experiencing financial difficulty. Please see further scholarship information and apply online. You can also contact the YMP administrator for more information at nzsmymp@vuw.ac.nz.

More details

What should I bring? What should I wear?

You don’t need to bring anything except enthusiasm and a sense of adventure! The sessions will be very active, so wear comfortable clothes which don’t restrict your movements. You will need to have bare feet.

Find out more

If you have any questions or need more information about PULSE just email robert.legg@nzsm.ac.nz. Read an article about PULSE published in MENZA's Tune Me In magazine [PDF, 1.1MB].