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.
Two 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.
Thanks 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Cost: MENZA members $30 Non MENZA $60
About Our Presenters:
Robert 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 Research, Research 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 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
Te 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
April 13-18 – Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1 & 2
Friday 1st May – MENZA PD Afternoon with a SINGING FOCUS
Saturday 6th June – 1-4 pm – Early Childhood Education Workshop – Catch a Song Part 2
Thursday 18th June – 11-2 pm Marimba Festival Play through
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MARIMBAS FOR SCHOOLS
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.