Welcome to MENZA Canterbury – Music Education Canterbury – MEC

Music Education Canterbury formed in 1997.

We are a collaborative and diverse group of music educators, interested in supporting music educators and events in Canterbury and providing professional learning and development in a range of music areas. We have hosted world-class guest presenters as well as run our own workshops, and at other times collaborate with other local providers.

Our friendly exec has representatives from IRMT, University of Canterbury, ARA, CSM, CWSMTA, Musical Parenting, the Muse and specialist music teachers in primary schools.

We meet once a term and can be seen meeting over coffee or at workshops, festivals, concerts and conferences in between.

We run Strum Strike and Blow, a festival for ukuleles, marimbas and recorders, which sees 1,200 students perform together in the Horncastle Arena with the support of the Christchurch Civic Music Council. This has three workshops leading up to it.

MEC has hosted national MENZA conferences in 1985 (Music’85), 2009 (Music’09) and 2019 (Music’19) as well as numerous workshops and events.

The 2022 MEC exec are:

  • Judith Bell – co-chair
  • Kate Husband – co-chair
  • Celia Stewart – vice-president
  • Emma Cullen – treasurer
  • Julie Wylie – secretary
  • Heather Libeau-Dow
  • Heather Gladstone
  • Amber Chapman

Co-opted representatives:

  • Katherine Jones – IRMT representative
  • Gwyn Reynolds – ARA Music Arts representative
  • Francis Yapp – UC Music representative
  • Brad Banks/Jane Herman – CWSMTA representative
  • Nikki Berry – The Muse
  • Linda Webb – INA rep

Administrator – Emma Cullen

MENZA rep – Duncan Ferguson

MEC Constitution (2016)

Society for Music Education (Canterbury) Incorporated
Music Education Canterbury

Menza Canterbury Contacts

Judith Bell

Judith Bell

Phone: 027 232 2912

Celia Stewart

Celia Stewart


027 529 9000

Emma Cullen - administrator

Emma Cullen - administrator