Hamilton Marimba Festival – 4 November 2015


A fabulous event held at the Fairfield Intermediate School Auditorium.  We performed nine songs including a Body Percussion Piece and a song featuring Samara Nation playing violin to the backing band of 100 students.


IMG_9096Two schools contributed items, Rototuna with the Wind Band and Forest Lake with the Bucket Band.Contributing Schools:  Rototuna Primary, Knighton Primary, Fairfield Intermediate, Knighton Normal, Hillcrest Normal, Cambridge Middle, Forest Lake and Te Kowhai.

IMG_9091Thanks to all the support of teachers and parents who made this wonderful event happen.  The students worked hard all year and had an amazing time.    If you are interested in being part of a similar future event, email Celia, celiaw52@gmail.com.

MENZA Music Day Waikato

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.33.39 amMENZA Music Day 1st May 2015

Venue: Fairfield Intermediate School




12.45 – 1.15pm  Light Lunch Provided

1.15 – 2.10pm  Robert Legg Classroom Songs and Musical Games

This workshop offers a range of classroom songs and games that can be used to build musical knowledge and understanding in a participative and social way. The activities develop participants’ awareness of pitch, harmony, rhythm and ensemble. Rounds, partner songs and layered ostinati are included: cumulative structures which help singers to develop the ability to hold a musical line confidently and accurately whilst listening and responding to other lines being sung at the same time. The games are all fun and mostly very straightforward to teach. Although their rules are usually simple, the level of difficulty can be increased by changing variables such as tempo or by introducing more demanding variations. Many adults, music professionals included, find them challenging too!

2.20 – 2.30pm Learn the new Hook, Line and Sing-a-long song ‘Stickytarday‘ (Helen Mackenzie)

2.30 – 3.30pm  Marieke Nation  – Using Karaoke tracks with Garageband to teach part-singing and ensemble.

This workshop uses garageband to create a sound track with different layers of accompaniment, melody, harmony and texture and helps teach participants about ensemble whether with only voices or voice and instruments. This activity develops musical knowledge in a fun practical way, such as listening to the other parts, playing/singing in time with correct pitch, changing dynamics, tempo and adding harmony.  Garageband can also be used to create soundtracks to a backing track (mp3) pasted into Garageband.  The backing track can then be loaded into imovie to create a video to go along with it, to put onto Youtube. (*Subject to time available)

The backing track can be used to emphasize the parts which students have to learn by adjusting volume – so they can hear their part strongly and the other parts in the background. It can be turned into an mp3 and emailed to students or put into a Google drive for all choir members to access with the link.

3.30 – 3.45pm  Afternoon Tea

3.45 – 4.45pm  Te Manaaroha Rollo – Māori Waiata

  • Māori singing and dancing
  • Compose some Maōri lyrics, groups will arrange music to the lyrics
  • Have an X Factor concert with your music to finish the day!

Cost:   MENZA members     $30                             Non MENZA               $60

About Our Presenters:

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.33.54 amRobert Legg is senior lecturer at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, where music education is the focus of his teaching and research. Born in the United Kingdom, Robert studied at Bristol, Oxford and Durham universities as well as at McGill University in Montréal. His career has included teaching in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Active as a choral conductor and as a composer of music for young voices, he is also regularly involved in music theatre education. His academic publications exploring music education and social justice are published in Music Education ResearchResearch in Education, Psychology of Music and the Curriculum Journal and his journalism can be read in many professionally focused periodicals. Robert was recently elected a MENZA board member.

Marieke Nation

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.34.13 amMarieke Nation is Music Specialist at Te Kowhai School, Hamilton. She teaches music from Year 0-8. She also takes choir and band, teaches ukulele and small singing groups.  In 2014 her newly formed choir won the award for ‘Best Pop Song’ at the Big Sing Competition.  In December 2014 Marieke, along with the teaching staff at Te Kowhai School, put together a music video based on the hit song ‘Shake it Off’ receiving thousands of ‘likes’ on Facebook.

For Marieke, born in the Netherlands, choral music has been an integral part of her culture and family life.  She received a Bachelor of Education endorsed with Music at Waikato University.  Marieke has achieved her Orff 1 certificate and is very active in the Suzuki Community.

Te Mana Rollo

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.34.29 amTe Manaaroha (Ngati Tahinga, Ngati Te Ata (Waikato) and Te Mahurehure (Ngapuhi)) is a Lecturer in Professional Studies in Education, at the University of Waikato. She is a kapahaka exponent and a composer of Māori waiata and electroacoustic music. She was a keynote speaker for the NZSM Conference Linking Cultures: collaborative partnerships in music therapy and related disciplines in Wellington in November 2013



MEW Dates

MEW Dates Set for Workshops and Meetings 2015:
  • Thursday 26th March @ the Music Suite, School of Education, University of Waikato – Gate 5 Knighton Road, Hillcrest
    • 4.30 – 5.30pm  Marimba Festival Material
      • unveiling of 2015 repertoire  for Hamilton Marimba Festival and play through with the teachers.
    • 5.30 – 6.15pm  MEW AGM a time to honour Neil Bruce for his 26 years of contribution to our organisation
  • Please email Celia on rod_celia@xtra.co.nz if you are interested in your school joining in our Marimba Events.

 April 13-18 – Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1 & 2

  • Orff New Zealand Aotearoa is offering a 6-day Level 1 / 2 Orff Schulwerk course appropriate to the needs of both specialist and generalist teachers working in early childhood, primary, intermediate and lower secondary school settings.
  • This will be held at the School of Ed (University of Waikato) Music Suite, Gate 5 Knighton Road, Hillcrest.
  • Register on ONZA Website http://orffnz.org/event– for accommodation contact Celia Williamson rod_celia@xtra.co.nz

 Friday 1st May – MENZA PD Afternoon with a SINGING FOCUS 

  • $30 Members, $60 Non-Members
  • to be held @ Fairfield Intermediate School Music Rooms, Clarkin Road, Hamilton.
    • 12.45 – 1.30 pm – Light lunch provided with school groups presenting items for your entertainment.including
    • 1.30 –    2.20 pm  Robert Legg presenting Singing Games – geared for the Intermediate Level but suitable for above and below ages, Robert will show us how to change them for those ages.
    • 2.20 – 2.30 pm     NZ Music Month Song for 2015,
    • 2.45 – 4.30 pm     Workshops to be announced shortly

Saturday 6th June – 1-4 pm – Early Childhood Education Workshop – Catch a Song Part 2

  • Suitable for teachers of 0-8 years old

Thursday 18th June – 11-2 pm Marimba Festival Play through

  • for Students and Teachers involved in Festival – Marimba tips, techniques, conductor cues, playing the  pieces together

About us

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MEW funded and made two marimbas to be on permanent loan to schools. Schools need to apply to MEW and if they qualify, will have the use of two 3 and 1/2 octave marimbas for the period of one school year. During that time they will be able to make their own marimbas to replace the marimbas on loan, which will then go to another school the following year. The loan scheme is administered on behalf of MEW, by the music department of the Faculty of Education, University of Waikato.