March 21, 2019

Kia ora tātou

I write this summary one week after the Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks. It’s still hard to believe that it actually happened. Neuroscientist Nathan Wallis was interviewed here giving advice and answering questions about how to talk to children/students about the attacks.

Summary to 24 March  2019

It’s less than 200 days till the bi-annual Menza Music conference. This year it’s being held in the South Island after a number of years in the North Island. It’s going to open with a keynote by Dr James Humberstone, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. You may know him from his TEDx talk on the Science of Dubstep, or perhaps on his remaking of a Greek tragedy.


General (for all Music Levels)

JS Bach meets Google’s Artificial Intelligence.

Matthew is looking to borrow an Orchestral Xylophone (3 – 3 ½ octaves) in Mid-Canterbury.

Andrew has made some new arrangements for mixed-player ensembles. The first is Bizet’s Toreador song from Carmen.

Southern Jam’s entry fees have increased. Do you think this is fair?


How do you avoid NCEA stress with your students, or effectively manage the stresses of constant assessment ?

Creative powerhouse Learning Ideas is releasing a Level 2 Instrumentation resource. See an advanced preview of the flipped‘Orchestration and Sequencing’ resource here.

Professional Development and Events

Nelson MENZA PD day next friday, 31st March.

Applications for the NZ Chamber Music Competition close on 1st April.


Ngā mihi

Martin Emo

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