Started in 1990 by Jo Hood at Hillsborough Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand, mainly music is a fun music group for parents or primary care givers to enjoy together with their young child. Throughout the session, children develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, mathematical and pre-reading skills as well as socialise with others. Each mainly music is associated with and is run by volunteers from a local church. Children are introduced to music, creativity and more, plus families are given a chance to think about the God-part of life. Its amazing to think that all of this can be achieved in a loving, shared family environment. 


  • Young children and their caregivers enjoy music, rhyme, rhythm, creative dance and more
  • Preschool children develop skills such as, co-ordination, fine motor skills, gross motor movements, social interaction, appreciation of music and musical styles, language development
  • Children are provided with a structured environment and then a time of free play
  • Brings adults and children together for a time of safe interaction, and in doing so, teaching adults rhymes and songs that can be used at home to help with cleaning up, colours, counting, and more
  • An opportunity for parents to network with other parents of pre-school children. And for families to find a sense of ‘old-fashioned community’
  • Opportunities for families to be helped in times of need – such as meals, transport, moving house, and babysitting.
  • Celebration of Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day – rewarding parents for their efforts in this vital role of parenthood.

In short, mainly music is an opportunity for adults and children to build memories and spend special time together.

Mainly Music is currently on recess for 2019. We will post here when we are back. In the meantime, find out where Mainly Music is currently being run, via the Mainly Music website.

If you would like any further information about mainly music or would like to find out how you can get involved, please email us at:

We hope to see you and your little ones at mainly music soon!