Dunedin Music Education PD Day – with presenters Katie Wardrobe and Susan West

Where: St Clair School, 135 Richardson Street, St Kilda, Dunedin
When: Tuesday 20 September 2016
Cost:  Single workshop – $30 for MENZA members, $60 for non-MENZA members.
Two workshops – $50 for MENZA members, $80 for non-MENZA members.
Three workshops – $70 for MENZA members, $100 for non-MENZA members.


Workshop 1. Susan West
Outreach Music Engagement Program
11:00am – 12:30pm
Susan West will introduce the practice and theory of the Music Engagement Program for interested teachers. The workshop involves discussion of the ideas, multi-media examples, singing, applying the principles of ‘outreach’, and ideas for extending music learning through the approach. The workshop is also suitable for parents and other members of the community interested in helping spread simple, effective, music engagement in their families or more broadly.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: break for lunch (tea and coffee provided, please bring your own lunch)

Workshop 2. Katie Wardrobe
Notation on any device: Write Scores on your iPad, Chromebook, Mac or PC Laptop
1:30pm – 3:00pm
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.

Workshop 3. Katie Wardrobe
iPad projects for the Music Classroom – More Creative Ideas
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Another series of creative ideas for using iPads in the music classroom. Imagine a classroom wall filled with photos of students performing: as you walk past, you scan one with your iPad or Smartphone and the students magically come to life, playing or singing just like the moving photos described in the Harry Potter books. In this workshop, discover how you can use FREE tech resources to create your very own Harry Potter pictures. We’ll also look at using QR codes to link recordings, text, website links and online maps with physical printed items like worksheets and signs around your school: create engaging treasure hunts, quizzes and reinvent student assignments. Discover the best notation apps for students and learn how to flip your music class with whiteboard or screencasting apps like Explain Everything.

About 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.

About Dr Susan West
Associate Professor Susan West is the Artistic Director of the Music Engagement Programme at the Australian National University in Canberra. Susan developed the innovative approach to music education, The Music Outreach Principle, a therapeutic approach that affects the musical lives of over 10,000 adults and children in the ACT, Australia. Assoc. Prof. West’s work has attracted both national and international interest. She has been recognized through various awards, including a National Children’s Week Award, an International Women’s Day Award and a citation for Teaching Excellence from the Carrick Institute. Most recently the Music Engagement Program was recognized for its excellence as a community outreach program through a national awards program run by the Music Council of Australia, as well as an Australian Volunteers Award.



MEO Report 2014/2015

The Ukulele Kids’ Jam, which is in its sixth year, attracted over 1000 children from 45 schools. Ruth Buchanan and Ali Caldwell were ably supported by the Activate Music Academy, a range of Super 15 champion Highlanders and the captain of the NZ White Ferns.IMG_4036The Marimba Day held at the end of 2014 saw 150 children coming together to play tuned percussion. We were honoured to be joined by Len Buchanan who watched on with pride as the instruments he has handcrafted over the years brought forth beautiful music, played with boundless enthusiasm and skill by the children.We also presented workshops for Early Childhood teachers and ukulele teachers, and hope to expand our provision of workshops in 2016.JamOtago The MEO instrument loan scheme continues to provide much needed resources to schools – we currently loan tuned percussion, ukuleles and African drums on a termly basis. We hope to purchase a further set of tuned percussion by the end of the year.Thanks to Ruth Buchanan for chairing our committee this year, to Annette Preston for carrying out her role as Treasurer for more years than I can remember, and to Errol Moore for representing us on the MENZA Board.

Otago Secondary Schools’ Music Festival

This year saw the 46th annual Otago Secondary Schools’ Music festival.  our theme was Bach to the Future and saw 17 Schools come together in the Dunedin Town Hall for an evening celebrating the varied and colourful music-making in our schools.
With a combined Jazz Band, Conbined Schools Choir, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Orchestra – supported by the glorious Norma (the Town Hall’s Organ), it was a highly engaging evening.

Secondary Schools Music Festival Concert

ITM Workshop Day

Duendin’s Itinerant Teachers of Music put on a workshop day that culminated in a performance of epic awesomeness.

The day was designed for instrumental students from years 7 – 10 and available to those in their first year of learning an instrument.  There were 15 schools involved with over 100 students in the Brass and Woodwind workshop and 40 with the strings.  There was a range of music that appealed to all the players and the resultant music was very confidently performed for the parents in the afternoon.
For some students this was the first time they had performed as part of an ensemble on their instrument and provided an invaluable experience in their continued progression in music.

Dunedin Itinerants Dunedin Itinerants 2

MENZA PD Day Invercargill for ECE Teachers

MENZA – Hook Into Sound – Professional Learning Afternoon

for ECE teachers

Saturday 2nd May 2015, 1pm-5pm

Venue: Southern City Church, 150 Don St, Invercargill


1:00 Welcome and Introductions

1:15 Session 1: Waiata for young children. Bring more te reo into your centre with Andrea Jones

2:15 Session 2 Miniature Ears, Music and Emotion with Hollie Longman

3:15 Afternoon tea (provided)

3:45 Session 3: Classical music for Early Childhood with Sally Bodkin-Allen

Andrea Jones is currently Māori Liaison Officer for Playcentre Southland and has been involved with Māori Culture for over 30 years. Andrea is passionate about preserving Māori Culture with a focus in early childhood education through music. She is studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance at SIT in order to fulfill another passion and to impart knowledge within the wider community focusing on Māori.

Hollie Longman is passionate about songwriting and is working on seeing more performances of original music happening in the Invercargill community. Hollie is mother to 15 year old Cameron, 6 year old Harriet, and 3 year old Miles. She has watched her own children’s musicality develop through actively encouraging rhythm and pattern play. She recently established all girl covers band Vixen and can be seen performing at many venues in Invercargill.

Sally Bodkin-Allen, like Hollie, has both teenagers and a toddler at home. Teaching at SIT on the Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree has given her many opportunities to become involved in musical activities in the Southland community, including the annual Kids Concerts in May each year. Sally has a background in classical music and lots of ideas on ways to integrate this into an early childhood classroom.

If you would like to know more please contact

Sally Bodkin-Allen: sally.bodkin-allen@sit.ac.nz
Ph 021 2607710


MENZA PD Day for Primary School Teachers

MENZA – Hook Into Sound Professional Learning Afternoon 

for Primary School teachers

Saturday 2nd May 2015, 1pm-5:00pm

Venue: Southern City Church, 150 Don St, Invercargill


1:00 Welcome and Introductions

1:15 Session 1: Conducting with Confidence: Getting more out of your school choir with Clare and Di Lenihan

2:15 Session 2: Fitting Music into the Classroom. How to incorporate music into the daily routine with Teresa Monteath

3:15 Afternoon tea (provided)

3:45 Session 3: Keeping it simple, the Primary version – Musical games for school age students, designed specifically for teachers with little to no formal musical training with Kelly Kennedy

4:45 Wrap up

Claire Lenihan and Di Lenihan are both well known in the local music scene. Di is a member of the NZ Choral Federation and has conducted Panache, Verdon’s school choir for many years. Claire has had lots of involvement with choirs and also musical directing and is assistant music director for the Invercargill Musical Theatre’s production of Phantom of the Opera in July.

Teresa Monteath is a teacher at Middle Primary School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from SIT in 2011 and has always been active in the Invercargill music scene. She can be spotted gigging with all girl band Vixen during the weekends.

Kelly Kennedy runs her own successful music business, the Kennedy School of Music. She has been teaching piano and voice for several years and has recently become more interested in early childhood music since having her own children, 3 year old Lochlan and baby Eden. Kelly holds a Mus B (Hons) degree and is particularly passionate about bringing more music making into the Southland community.

If you would like to know more please contact

Sally Bodkin-Allen: sally.bodkin-allen@sit.ac.nz

Ph 021 2607710




About us

MEOMusic Education Otago (MEO), is committed to improving the quality of music education in Otago institutions, schools and community. The MEO committee’s membership represents expertise in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary programmes, special education, instrumental and choral training and performance, resource development, contemporary music development, world music and leadership.

MEO is committed to providing initiatives aimed at supporting the music interests of children, parents and teachers within our community. By joining as a member, it assists MEO in the communication of up and coming events, partial funding of those events and in making available a range of instruments for classroom use. We invite you to join or renew your individual or school membership and look forward to you being part of the music education events planned this year.
MEO Committee: Ruth Buchanan, (President/Chair), Annette Preston (Treasurer), Alison Caldwell (Secretary), Liz Conway, Anna Chilcott, Joy Chilcott, John Dodd, Carole Randall, Gill Sparrow, Adele Voice.
For further information about MEO please contact: Alison Caldwell, MEO Secretary acaldwell@stclair.school.nz Ph: (03) 4877721
Instrument Loan Scheme: provides the use of percussion instruments and ukuleles for members to use. Contact us for booking information.