September 12, 2020
Kia ora tātou
There are two weeks left of the school term for most of you. It’s been the most disrupted year that I can remember. The closest I can remember is school being closed for a few days due to flooding, or having days rostered off for rolling teacher strikes when I was a student.
Have you done something over the last 3 months that you think other music teachers might find interesting? The next MENZA magazine, Tune Me In has space for a few more articles. Deadline is 28th Sept.
What follows is a summary of some of the posts over the last two weeks on Musicnet. As always, all of the messages are archived online for you to access anytime with your login.
2-week summary to 12 September 2020
Ministry of Education bulletin on Music at Covid alert level 2.
General (for all Music Levels)
Belinda shared a scanner app that transposes.
Possibly all of your questions about allergies, cold sores and brass mouthpieces were answered in this thread.
What are the best headphones to get for a classroom?
The latest Zoom update now has a high fidelity mode.
What is the new way to do a class “CD”?
No NCEA moderation is required for the rest of 2020.
Delysse, from NZQA, is looking for examples of cross-curricular work and assessment.
An official answer was given for if a student can sit Scholarship Music with two majors.
Suitable DAWs for the music technology standards.
There were a few NCEA questions over the last 2 weeks. A great place to start is to look at the standard specifications. For curly questions, continue to email the musicnet list. If someone doesn’t know the answer, I can chase it up with NZQA (or you could too).
Professional Development and Events
This week is Postgraduate week at the University of Auckland. They have a webinar Wed 16th 5:30-6:30pm about music options for teachers.
Classroom teacher at Papakura High School, Auckland.
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