MENZA Wellington 2017 Activity

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Event details

Thursday 30 March 9.30am – 3pm
NCEA music Workshop with NZQA Moderator Delysse Glynn
$50 MENZA members, $100 incl. membership for non-MENZA members 
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, The Correspondence School
11 Portland Crescent, Thorndon, Wellington 6011

Due to popular demand, this event has sold out. If you would like be advised of any cancellations, please email Abby Sisam on

Thursday 30 March from 4pm
2017 MENZA Wellington Kick Off!
FREE – All welcome
The Sprig and Fern Tavern, Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington

For ALL teachers of music (ECE, primary, secondary and tertiary). Join us and meet like-minded teachers who share your reality!! We tend to organise termly meetings for the year from this point.

Wednesday 12 April 9:15am – 2:45pm
WURM –  Wellington Ukulele, Recorder and Marimba Festival
$60 MENZA members, $90 incl. membership for non-MENZA members 
Maungaraki School, Dowse Drive, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt

The WURM festival is intended for senior primary and intermediate students but older and younger students can also join in. This festival is in its fourth year so the momentum is mounting. We would love to welcome new schools to these and can assist in preparations so please be in touch.
WURM is a friendly music festival for ukulele, recorder and marimba players at senior primary and intermediate levels. Music is shared prior to the event for students and teachers to practise and prepare. There are 4-5 pieces to learn though there is no expectation of 100% readiness by anyone. On the day, we workshop together and in sections to present a final concert of instrumental and massed items. Supported by Shane McAlister of  The Ukulele Institute and experienced local music teachers, this event runs like a dream and is a pleasure every year.

Thursday 29 June 9:15am – 2:45pm
WOF – Wellington Orchestra Festival
$80 MENZA members, $100 incl. membership for non-MENZA members
St Oran’s College, 550 High Street, Boulcott, Lower Hutt

WOF is our opportunity to gather all of those students who learn an orchestral instrument together to realise and experience the wonders of playing in a full orchestra. Richard Oswin, Christchurch, arranges a pleasing repertoire of music for us every year, and is there to guide us through preparations and performances on the day. Again, music (6 pieces) is shared with teachers and students well before the event. There are options and various levels provided for some parts (eg. Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 and Violin 4!!). School groups might practise together but it is also envisioned that students will work on their parts with instrumental tutors in their lessons.
As with WURM, the WOF festival is intended for senior primary and intermediate students but older and younger students can also join in. We would love to welcome new schools to these and can assist in preparations so please be in touch.

For more information contact Mary Horner:


Secondary Teachers’ PLD

MENZA Wellington PLD Workshop – FREE
4pm, 22 November 2016
St Bernard’s College
183 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt

MENZA Wellington is pleased to present a professional development workshop for secondary teachers at 4pm on on Tuesday 22 November. Presenter Megan Brownlie’s workshop will focus on innovative, multi-level NCEA practice ideas.

For further information contact Mary Horner:


NZSM Young Musicians Programme

2017 registration is now open on the YMP website.

We have outstanding tutors and some exciting enhancements to our programme. It’s a quite unique offering in that a single fee gives them access to all classes, if eligible for entry.

Some changes include:
• greater involvement by NZSM staff in the delivery of classes, including NZSQ’s Monique Lapin (NZSQ are one of our ensembles-in-residence)
• the chamber programme will be expanded to a 2-hour class with tutoring by two instrumental tutors, own ensemble rehearsal time and a workshop with other groups, each week
• the string class will incorporate masterclass elements and individual performance goals
• a new Grade 5 theory class (students will sit the exam also)
• a new multi-level aural class, aimed at those sitting performance examinations.

In addition, the PULSE performing arts class for 11–15 year-olds is staging the Stephen Sonheim musical Into the Woods in Trimester 1 with input from the RNZ Ballet dance education team.


OrffNZ – Wellington: Workshop Series 2016

Congrats to the amazing ONZA team in Wellington for organising these Orff workshops

Term 2: Thursday May 19, 4-6.30pm

Movement and dance with an Orff twist
In this workshop, participants will explore ways to introduce movement activities in the music classroom. The focus is on playful exploration and direct experience in a non-threatening and supportive environment. Be prepared to sing, dance, move and explore body percussion music.
Venue: Eastern Hutt School, Kings Cres, Lower Hutt
Presenters: Renée Morin and Liz Melchior

Term 3 Wednesday August 17, 4-6.30pm
Intercultural songs and musical games for children
In this workshop teachers will learn a number of intercultural songs from Madagascar, West Africa, South America, and the Pacific. Songs and music from these cultures will be integrated with drums, percussion and dance.  Teachers will learn a number of call and response songs for easy level song leading in the classroom, as well as musical games and movement activities that children can have a lot of fun and success with.
Venue: Community Music Junction, Level 1, 4 Hopper St (above BlairWright), Te Aro.
Presenters: Julian Raphael and Lala Simpson

Term 4 Thursday November 17, 4-6.30pm

Musical communities: Circle dances and rhythmical language play
This workshop will focus on how to create a classroom community of successful music making through the use of circle dances and circle games /music activities that focus on developing rhythmic confidence.  All the activities shared will show how through the joy of song, dance, and play all children can develop their general musicality as well as strengthen their interpersonal skills through participating and contributing and relating to others.
Venue: Eastern Hutt School, Kings Cres, Lower Hutt
Presenters: Helen Willberg, Angela Campbell, and Priya Gain

There are two registration/payment options:

Primary school package: $300: This package give places for two staff members to attend each of the three workshops as well as an ONZA membership for the institution.

Individual package: $130 (member)/$160 (non-member): This package gives a place for one person to attend each of the three workshops as well as an ONZA membership if not currently a member.

Enquiries: contact Priya Gain  –
Click here to register.
Online banking reference: Your name and event code WWS16

Direct deposit into the ONZA account at BNZ 02 0248 0073940 097 (Reference: Your surname; Code as indicated above). Entering your surname means you will be registered.

Wellington MENZA meetings – 2016

Thursday 7 April, after school (4-6pm); Scot’s College, Wellington

Secondary Teacher’s PLD – Emerging IT technologies with Ivan Patterson

Thursday 30 June, after school (4-6pm); Heretaunga College, Upper Hutt

Secondary Teacher’s PLD – Junior Music Programme Ideas with Megan Brownlie

Thursday 30 June ,all school day; Naenae Intermediate School, Lower Hutt

Wellington Ukulele, Recorder and Marimba Festival (WURM) for senior primary and intermediate aged children.

Thursday 31 August, after school (4-6pm); Mana College, Porirua

Secondary Teacher’s PLD – Performance Moderation and Vocational Pathways Discussion with Jacqueline Nordan

Thursday 25 August, all school day; St Oran’s College, Lower Hutt

Wellington Orchestra Festival with conductor, Richard Oswin for senior primary & intermediate students

Term 4;  Hutt International Boys’School, Upper Hutt

Tbc later in the year. 

For more information, contact Mary Horner on

WURM 2014

WURM – Wellington Ukulele, Recorder and Marimba Festival 2014. It was a first and it was a blast – a much warmer blast than the southerly and hail outside!! Around 150 primary and intermediate students from the Wellington and Wairarapa regions joined forces to realise the power of musical ensemble. Enjoy the pics – and join us next year to enjoy the sounds too! Huge thanks to Judy Leggett, Lynne Scott, Shane of ‘The Ukulele Institute, Jane Coles, Maggie Jeffries, Jacinda Paice, Jocelyn Oldcorn, Sam Tanner with their students from Hutt Intermediate, Chilton, Naenae Intermediate, Masterton Intermediate, St Bernards School, Northland School and Lakeview School.



Wellington Orchestra Festival 2014

A Wellington MENZA event – the Wellington Orchestra Festival 2014 hosted by Tawa Intermediate School on a beautiful Wellington day. It looks impressive and they sounded great!!!! Huge thanks to Richard Oswin, Phillipa Christie, Lynne Scott, Jocelyn Oldcorn, Andre Paris, students and staff from Tawa Intermediate, Hutt Intermediate, Northland School, Wellesley College, Chilton St James, Kelburn Normal School.