February 27, 2021
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Every two years the MENZA conference is held and it is a chance to spend 3days deeply thinking about music education, and making connections with others around the country. Last time it was in Christchurch and this October 11-13th we’ll be heading to Tauranga. The committee is deep into planning and preparation and they’re looking for feedback on what you’d like from the conference. This includes what/who you might like as workshops and presenters. This could be anything. Take 2mins to fill out this google survey about it.
Also, if you have something you would like to possibly offer as a workshop session, they want to hear from you. The planning committee will then take responses and select according to demand and availability.
“Gig Starters” is a new series of seminars by the NZ Music Commission for young people about putting on live gigs. There is a seminar, a workshop, a setup for the gig and then an all-ages gig at 7pm. Starting in main centres Hamilton, AKL, Palmerston North, WLG, CHCH and Dunedin. It reminds me of the vibrant all-ages gigs that used to occur in the 1990s where international Drum and Bass/Electronica acts would first perform to all-ages, then do their normal R18 show.
Summary to 28 February 2021
General (for all Music Levels)
Oliver is looking for ways to improve his teaching of jazz and improvisation. Have a look at the thread for the great advice that was shared.
The Music Technology Cookbook has been published with 56 lessons by 49 music technology experts including Katie Wardrobe and James Humberstone
How do you fund your choirs? Do you have an external choir director?
Looking for information on the Orthodox Church and their hymns.
Belinda is touring the central north island with 100 students and is looking for schools to perform at.
Waiuku College Music has started a web series interviewing local artists about how they got into music. It also includes how they write and perform.
Tips for assessing an MC (rap) performance for Level 1.
Professional Development and Events
Music and Movement within a Te Ao Māori framework Sat 6th March WLG $10. For ages up to Yr 10.
Online Bassoon and Oboe competition is now on. Entries close 27 April.
MENZA conference 11-13 Oct in Tauranga
Drums, Bass, Saxophone vacancy in WLG.
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