MENZA AGM & PD Workshops
Holy Cross School, 2-6 Athens St, Miramar, Wellington 6022
Saturday 10 June 2017
We warmly invite our members to attend our AGM on Saturday 10 June and encourage you to attend one of our workshops designed to cater for early childhood, primary and secondary educators. After the AGM, there will be an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow teachers with drinks and nibbles.
2:00pm – 2:50pm
PD Workshops ($20 MENZA members, $40 Non-MENZA members)
- Celia Stewart – Music and Movement with Juniors
- Judith Bell – Taking the Stigma Away from Theory
- Tim Randle – Songwriting
- Linda Webb – Advocating for Primary Music Education – a discussion workshop (FREE)
2:50 – 3:00pm
Short break for coffee & biscuits.
3:00pm – 5pm
We warmly invite you to join the MENZA board to discuss what we have acheived this year and our goals for the future.
Drinks and nibbles
Celia Stewart – Music and Movement with Juniors
This workshop will incorporate a range of great ideas that will empower all teachers to introduce music activities in to their daily programme. Using speech rhymes as the motivator we will explore singing, moving, and playing experiences that will engage young children. The main elements of music, beat, rhythm, dynamics, pitch, tempo and tone colour will be experienced in simple ways that all teachers can enjoy with their students.
Judith Bell – Taking the Stigma Away from Theory
A fun, interactive workshop where we get to try out the games and activities that make theory so popular at year 7-8 level as well as discussing the strategies and resources for running an after-school theory club. Although much of the workshop is “unplugged” the workshop also covers some engaging ways technology is used in the club. It will also look briefly at music learning and computational thinking and how they link into the new digital technologies curriculum.
Tim Randle – Songwriting
This will cover tips and strategies to help teach Songwriting and implement the new standard 91849. The workshop will cover lyric writing and song specific composition techniques.
Linda Webb – Advocating for Prmary Music – A discussion workshop – FREE
We invite all interesed teachers to share their thoughts on how MENZA can best respond to the NMSSA report by contributing to our Primary Advocacy Statement at a group discussion.
In her research paper, “A Mismatch between Policy, Philosophy and Practice” Linda Webb highlighted that changes in teacher education delivery over the previous decade had negatively impacted primary generalist teacher’s competence and confidence to teach music, with the large majority not able to meet curriculum requirements and delivery expectations.
Latest findings from the NMSSA has further proven the effect this is having on our children, with only half of students at years 2 and 8 reaching the minimum scores associated with achieving curriculum at levels 2 and 4 respectively, with low decile schools scoring, on average, lower than those attending high decile schools. Similarly, Maori and Pasifika students, who are more likely to attend mid-low decile schools, scored on average lower than non-Maori and non-Pasifika students.