MAY 10th


A great opportunity to hear from local music education groups and to have a quick tour of the facilities at the new U of C Music location!

UC Arts City Campus at the Arts Centre

3 Hereford St Christchurch Central Christchurch 8013

We will be meeting in the Performance/Seminar space in the Attic.

The tour will be followed by a short MEC meeting. Drinks and nibbles supplied.



ALL EARS Jan 23-27

Dates: JAN 23-27
Venue: ARA MUSIC ARTS 130 High Street (Christchurch)

Ara Music Arts are excited to be partnering with the ‘All Ears’ team to bring this unique week of workshops to New Zealand in January 2017.

This week long program is a great opportunity for musicians of any age and ability. It provides participants a format to explore jazz and improvised music in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, while focusing on developing improvisation skills in the time honored tradition of the jazz greats: learning by ear.

“All Ears is a jazz and improvised music program designed by veteran US educators Dr. Arthur Falbush and Keith Pray. With 14 years of collaborating on many educational programs and with over 50 years of combined teaching experience, All by Ear is an evolution of the original method of learning jazz (by ear).

Jazz musicians since the earliest days of the music learned to play by imitating other musicians.

All Ears takes this concept into an educational environment and provides participants the opportunity to learn how to improve their jazz playing while being supervised by experience jazz musicians and veteran teachers.”

Register today for All EARS

Important information

All Ears will run from Monday January 23 to Friday 27 January. A public concert performance will take place on the Friday evening.

Daily schedule:

9:00am – 12:00pm Session 1
1:00pm – 3:00pm Session 2

Rehearsals begin promptly at 9:00 am. There are two sessions separated by lunch (morning and afternoon).

Sessions are broken down into smaller groups as needed to facilitate learning and other activities such as discussions and listening to music are used to deepen their understanding of jazz.

Each session focuses on learning repertoire and improvisation a leading to the final concert. The concert features performances of pieces that have been worked on during the week and all pieces are played from memory.

The week will be led by All Ears co-founder Arthur Falbush with support from Ara Music Arts faculty.


  • $185 per person
  • $135 per person if two or more family members are attending

All enquiries can be submitted to and be sure to join our facebook group –

ALL EARS info (URL Link)

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Jazz Workshops in Labour Weekend


9.00-10.30 – Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Scott Taitoko and Gwyn Reynolds
Hone your improvisation skills with some great tips and ideas from Scott and Gwyn
9.00-10.30 – Rhythm Section Workshop with Tim Driver, Michael Story and Michael Thompson
Examine the important role the rhythm section has in the band, share and discuss common problems that exist in the typical jazz ensemble setting and find solutions that can help your band improve its sound and groove!
10.30-12.15 – Youth Band Workshop with Rodger Fox
If you play a big band instrument and would love the opportunity to join with other young musicians in a big band setting come along and learn from the master of big band in NZ.

Cost $15 one workshop, $15 two workshops

Register at or Eventbrite


James Morrison will be holding a question and answer workshop prior to his concert on Oct 23rd. An amazing chance to hear from this entertaining, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist jazz musician!

Ticket prices for James Morrison Q&A – free for people with a ticket, $5 for students and band members, $10 for general public. Door sales only for this workshop.

The workshop runs 5.30pm – 6.30pm

The Gala concert with James and Symposium and CYJO starts at 7.30pm

There will be food and drink available for purchase between the events.

September in Canterbury – Music Technology in the Classroom and Junior Jazz

Music Technology in the Classroom with Katie Wardrobe


Katie Wardrobe is recognised internationally as a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers. She runs workshops, presentations and online training resources which focus on easy ways to incorporate technology – through a range of creative projects – into what teachers are already doing in their music curriculum.

In Christchurch she will run a series of workshops for both primary and secondary teachers. Teachers can attend a single workshop, a half day or a full day of workshops, whatever suits the best.

If you would like an invoice sent to your school please click on the ticket/s you want, go to checkout and when it asks for payment method go to the drop down menu and click on pay by invoice.

Wednesday 21 September

9.00-10.30: Sibelius Basics: Get Started the Right Way

Learn how to use Sibelius quickly and effectively, the right way. This course assumes no prior knowledge, so it’s perfect for new Sibelius users or for those that have some holes in their knowledge, including teachers who want to brush up their skills (and stay a couple of steps ahead of students!), composers and arrangers who want to get started with creating their own digital scores and backing tracks and senior or tertiary level students who need to notate compositions or complete music assignments. You’ll learn how to set up a score, input notes without using the mouse (using the computer keyboard, or a MIDI keyboard), how to select music quickly, best ways to copy and paste, how to enter lyrics and chords, adding dynamics, articulations and repeat signs, score-sharing techniques and lots of other time-saving tips.

11.00-12.30: Sibelius Speedy Arranging: Scanning MIDI files, Workflow and Other Tips

This workshop is all about learning tips and tricks for quickly arranging music with Sibelius by scanning music or opening PDF files, downloading and tweaking freely available MIDI files and using in-built Sibelius plugins and shortcuts. It’s ideal for music teachers that want to quickly create classroom arrangements for their students, studio instrumental teachers or ensemble leaders who need to re-arrange, transpose or simplify scores and parts and for composers. We’ll cover tips for successfully scanning printed music to make an editable score, how to make use of MIDI files to save you time (and how to clean up the notation once imported!) and we’ll discuss workflow tips.

1.30-3.00: Digital Portfolios

During this workshop we’ll look at some of the ways music teachers can adopt easy-to-use technology to transform their music classroom. The workshop will cover two main areas: assisting student learning through a flipped classroom model and the creation of student digital portfolios using online music tools. We’ll discuss solutions for a range of school setups: BYOD schools, schools with mixture of platforms and devices, and schools just wanting to delve more into digital portfolio options.

4.00-5.30: Flipping the Music Classroom

What is a flipped classroom, how does it work and why would I want it? By taking advantage of the shift in learning opportunities made available by technology, you can harness the “natural” communication methods of students – all while simultaneously catering for different learning styles and paces. Pause, rewind and fast forward the teacher! We’ll look at examples of real-life flipped music classrooms and teaching studios, how you can use this model to reinvent the boring stuff and get quickly to the good stuff. And you probably already have almost all the tools you need to do it!

Thursday 22 September

9.00-10.30: Notation on any device: Write Scores on your iPad, Chromebook, Mac or PC Laptop

An introduction to Noteflight – the online notation software solution that works on all platforms. During this session, you’ll learn how you can use Noteflight in the teaching studio and classroom. Discover how quick it is to set up a score, enter notes, copy and paste music and transpose. Learn some tips and tricks and explore lesson plans and activities that you can use with your students.

11.00-12.30: iPad Projects for the Music Classroom Hands On

iPads are a fantastic tool in the music classroom. They are highly portable, multi-functional and there are a wealth of inexpensive creative apps available. This workshop will show you a range of easy, adaptable projects for students of all ages. There will be ideas for the one-iPad classroom as well as for 1:1 iPad programs and everything in between. During the day we’ll focus on the learning outcomes that students can achieve with iPads in the music classroom. We’ll start with a series of creative projects using GarageBand including arranging, composing and storytelling. We’ll then explore sound, composition and performance with MadPad and finish with an app-smashing program music activity which combines storytelling, images, narration, and mood music. We’ll also look at iPad extras and accessories such as equipment needed to plug in MIDI keyboards, microphones and guitars and have an open apps question-time.

Cost of workshops:

SIngle workshop MENZA members $25.00, non-members $55.00 (includes MENZA membership)

Half day MENZA members $45, non-members  $75.00 (includes MENZA membership)

Full day MENZA members $90, non-members $120 (includes MENZA membership)

Once you have selected your ticket type and gone to the Checkout page you will get the chance to select the workshop/s you wish to attend.

Chisnallwood Intermediate School – 76 Breezes Road, Christchurch, Canterbury 8061, New Zealand

Eventbrite - Music Technology in the Classroom with Katie Wardrobe



MEC 2016 Term 3 News

Coming up in term 3 we are looking forward to a wonderful range of workshops, festivals and events in Christchurch.

I write this as I attend the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 2016 conference in Glasgow where we will be spoilt for choice with hundreds of music workshops, concerts  and presentations to choose from over 5 days!



Led by two of NZ’s most popular music educators, Robert Legg and Christoph Maubach this session introduces an approach to classroom singing based on practical music pedagogies such as Orff and Kodaly. Come and learn how to inspire and challenge your students using a wide range of songs and vocal activities from communities across the world. The focus of the session will be on ways to build daily singing into your classroom and to have fun.
Saturday, 6 August 2016 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Room 3 Christchurch School of Music – 60 Ferry Rd , Christchurch, 7672
Tickets available at

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900 students play ukuleles, marimbas and recorders with a live backing band.

Thursday Sept 25
Horncastle Arena

Audience entry is $5 donation at the door.

Details at



A event for jazz bands up to year 8 where they get to play in front of each other on stage at ARA Music Arts, the home of Christchurch tertiary jazz study, and receive feedback from Jazz tutors.
Thursday September 15
ARA Music Arts, 130 High Street

Details at



Katie Wardrobe is recognised internationally as a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers. She runs workshops, presentations and online training resources which focus on easy ways to incorporate technology – through a range of creative projects – into what teachers are already doing in their music curriculum.

In Christchurch she will run a series of workshops for both primary and secondary teachers. Teachers can attend a single workshop, a half day or a full day of workshops, whatever suits the best.

Purchase your ticket and select your workshops through Eventbrite

Wednesday 21 September

9.00-10.30: Sibelius Basics: Get Started the Right Way

11.00-12.30: Sibelius Speedy Arranging: Scanning MDI files, Workflow and Other Tips

1.30-3.00: Digital Portfolios

4.00-5.30: Flipping the Music Classroom

Thursday 22 September

9.00-10.30: Notation on any device: Write Scores on your iPad, Chromebook, Mac or PC Laptop

11.00-12.30: iPad Projects for the Music Classroom Hands On

Cost of workshops:

SIngle workshop $30

Half day $50

Full day $100


Christchurch competition for high school jazz bands run by ARA staff.
August 5-7
ARA Music Arts, 130 High St, CHCH


August 7th 1.30 – 5pm at The Theatre, Rangi Ruru

Session One:

Fast tracking finger technique and counting with conviction

Rocket Fuel for Woodwind Players – Mark Walton

Mark will share with you how he fast tracks his students so they can whiz around their instruments with agility.
Come and find out Mark’s tricks that have worked for so many players around Australia. Bring your instruments and see how it works.

Session two:

Master class for Clarinet & Saxophone Players – Mark Walton

Inspirational and unfailingly entertaining tutor Mark Walton will work with students of all ages and stages in this section of the afternoon.

Registration fee: IRMT members $20, Students $10, non-IRMT $30, Master class participants $15 Venue: The Theatre, Rangi Ruru, Merivale Lane

* All the enquiries please email Janey Seed at, Also you can register online at


3 Day event for contemporary school choirs to perform and workshop.

Aug 29-Sept 1

Details at 


3 days of rock bands for up to year 8

Sept 2, 3 and 6

Details at


THE MUSE is hosting WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING lessons with Robert Fugah and Maganui Stewart. details at

When Robert Fugah is in town later this term, teachers may wish to book him to work with their classes on djembes. Contact to book.







Wednesday March 16th
All welcome

7pm snacks and tour of Orange Studio, 1063 Ferry Road, Ferrymead.

7.30-8.30 Performance by CSM scholarship winner Reuben Amataiti and short AGM with a chance to hear what in happening in local Music Education organisations.

We will also get the chance to experience a taste of African drumming with the incredible Robert Koffie Fugah. (Robert will be offering a teacher workshop the following day)

A night not to be missed!


Ukulele Workshop on March 31

Maria Winder and Mary Cornish from NZ Ukulele Trust will share successful strategies for teaching musicianship the NZ Ukulele way. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate ukulele players and will cover a range of teaching routines, demonstrating a progression of skills for strumming, plucking and reading ukulele chords and TAB. The NZ Ukulele Trust Handbook for Teachers will be available at the reduced price of $30

They are down in ChCh with the NZ Ukulele Trust Development Squad for 2 days only.

Chisnallwood Intermediate School – 76 Breezes Road Christchurch, Canterbury 8061 NZ –View Map

Maori Culture in the Classroom

Event Description

A practical, hands on workshop to integrate more Te Reo Maori into your classroom, through the use of Music, Song and Dance. Tried and tested methods to help you with enhancing your classroom through the use of Maori Performing Arts, Ukulele, Easy Waiata, Kapa Haka 101, fun games and ideas for resources that are relevant for ECE, Primary and Secondary.

Selena Bercic is a highly sought after presenter who teaches at Te Kura O Matihetihe in Punguru who will be on tour with the NZ Ukulele Development Squad.

Chisnallwood Intermediate School – 76 Breezes Road, Christchurch 8061

The Art of Musical Play

The Art of Musical Play : A Summer Workshop

Conducted by Julie Wylie and Art Therapist Isobel Mertel

Date : Wednesday 20th January 2015

Time : 11.00am – 4.00pm

Venue : Okuti Valley Hall, Little River

Other Information : Please bring a shared lunch

Cost : $80.00

For Bookings or More Information Please Contact Clare Newton at or 0274626488

This Summer workshop combining Art Therapy and Musical Play for parents, teachers, librarians and therapists will demonstrate how participants can develop a nurturing learning environment incorporating art and musical play. Such play supports daily routines and classroom learning in joyful ways that promote children’s pride in achievement. There will be an emphasis on understanding the keys to a child’s learning and how to develop calming, regulating strategies that provide a nurturing learning environment for young children.

When children learn about the elements of art and music and what, why and how music and art works in relation to their own bodies, artistic expression and musical play becomes a vital part of the child’s own form of communication. We develop a sense of self and self-expression through art and musical play. Art and musical play naturally builds healthy brain/body connections.
Play gives meaning to everyday tasks and activities. As they explore a range of sensory experiences children learn to think creatively, to problem solve and to develop a love of learning. All children can develop strengths and talents through artistic musi-
cal play. A nurturing playful environment is all-important to the development of creativity, artistic expression, musicality and
holistic learning. Artistic musical play can underpin the whole curriculum.

Julie Wylie

Mus.B (Hons. 1st class),B.A. A.T.C.L Dip Tchg. A.I.R.M.T.N.Z. Julie Wylie founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association twenty two years ago. She is the founder of the music programme and senior music specialist at the Champion Centre, at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand. Julie has been invited to many countries to present music workshops and papers including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, UK, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. She has received awards for her music leadership and her music resources have won international awards. Julie also has her own music school for mothers and babies and children 0-8 years.

Isabel Mertel

Before coming to New Zealand, Isabel worked for twelve years as a qualified Art Therapist in Germany, Berlin. During that time she collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra creating Art and Music Projects with school children. Since arriving in New Zealand three years ago Isabel has continued working in therapeutic and educational contexts. She introduced Art Therapy to the New Zealand Blind Foundation in Christchurch. Isabel is offering one-on-one sessions as well as art classes for adults and children from 3 years, both in Christchurch and on the Banks Peninsula. Isabel is also exhibiting her own painting work in New Zealand and Germany.

Playing With Songs

Playing with Songs

Orff New Zealand Aotearoa

Friday, 29 January 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Christchurch School of Music Inc
cnr Ferry Rd and Barbadoes St
entry through Catholic Cathedral College
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011
New Zealand

Play-songs and games with music, movement and play materials provide a wealth of opportunities for singing, playing, moving, creating and learning. Extending these can widen experience in sensory awareness, language, listening, visualisation and communication. The Orff approach to singing, dancing and playing is multi-sensory, active and creative, and includes all players with their individual abilities and is therefore suitable for groups of mixed ability. Using various instruments, movement, voice as well as stimulating material not only goals in music and movement can be achieved but also in perception, social learning and communication. This workshop will present a number of play-songs and their extensions primarily for children from 4 – 11 years (with and without disabilities) but adaptable for other ages and abilities.

Shirley Day Salmon studied Music at York University, England ( with John Paynter and others)  and trained as an early years and primary teacher ( PCGE, London University) . Since moving to Austria, she has developed further expertise in music therapy, sign language and inclusive education and acquired a masters in educational science ( University of Innsbruck, Austria) . She has worked with many ages and abilities including deaf and hard of hearing; children in residential homes with behavioural problems; children and adults with and without disabilities in mainstream and more specialised contexts. She has taught at the Orff Institute, Salzburg since 1984 and has been director of the postgraduate university course “ Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education –  Orff-Schulwerk”  at the Orff Institute since 2006. She teaches on summer courses at the Orff Institute, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally and has published books ( e.g. Hallo Children. A collection of songs and related activities for children aged 4 -9. Schott 2007)  and numerous articles in journals.