Rangi Ruru Girls School, Performing arts block, (directly behind the Merivale Lane Theatre)
1.30- 2.15 Mental Health – Ann Higgs
2.15- 3.15 Online exams: Technical help with online examinations, Paul Zdrenka Q and A session with Lois Dalton from ABRSM
3.15 – 3.45 Afternoon tea
3.45 – 4.45 Special learning needs, Glenys Knopp
$25 IRMT members
$35 Non IRMT members
Numbers for this event will be limited so please book your place using the Google form: Essential tools for 2021 form
Session 1: Mental Health
As music teachers working closely with young people, we often encounter students who are struggling with mental health issues. Ann Higgs will discuss some of the warning signs to look out for and some tools for interacting with students struggling with mental health issues.
Session 2: Online Exams
The session will begin with a presentation looking at the technical challenges of producing recordings for online exams.
Paul Zdrenka will provide practical tips for teachers faced with the task of providing video recordings for online exams using their phone, tablet or computer.
In the second part of this session ABRSM rep Lois Dalton will address some of the questions teachers may have about the online exam process. If you have any specific questions you would like answered, please email Lois at email@example.com prior to the event.
Unfortunately Trinity College rep Sandra Scannell is unable to be in attendance but would like to direct teachers to the excellent information on online exams on the Trinity College website, which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/music/digital music-grades/classical-jazz-digital-grades
Session 3: Special Learning Needs
Music teachers encounter a wide range of learning styles and specific learning needs within their teaching practice. Glenys Knopp will provide us with some strategies to assist students with special learning needs.
Should you have any specific questions you would like Glenys to address, please email them to her directly prior to event at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann is a qualified and experienced family counsellor with expertise in the area of couples, children, families and individuals. She has honours degree in Psychology, and over 20 years experience working in the field of family
In 2012, Paul pursued his passion for music in direction of audio and sound technology, completing a Diploma in Audio Engineering & Music Production at MAINZ (Tai Poutini Polytechnic). Paul has worked as a freelance audio engineer, secondary school teacher and guitar teacher in Christchurch. As an audio engineer he has worked for Tandem Studios and Plains FM 96.9 in Christchurch.
His projects have included voiceovers, audio post-production, music recordings, ADR, location sound and sound design.
Together with Alan Dixon, he’s also hosted the successful radio show Classic Guitar on Plains FM, featuring all things classical guitar and highlighting New Zealand guitarists and composers.
One of his music production highlights was producing and engineering ‘NZ Wonderland’ (Winter Wonderland), which featured the C-City Brothers, the Otautahi Jazz band and the Christchurch Boys’ Choir. This track was released on the 2013 Starship Christmas Album.
He has been the technical co-ordinator and audio engineer for recording the live concerts at the TCGSS since its inception in 2012.
In 2004, Paul completed his Bachelor Music in Classical Guitar Performance at Massey University (now NZSM) in Wellington under guidance of Matthew Marshall and Gunter Herbig. He also had masterclasses from guitarists such as Anthony Field, David Lisner, John Couch, Dr. Jane Curry, Lily Afshar, Jason Vieaux and Cheryl Grice-Watterson. During his studies, Paul also toured the North Island with the Massey University Guitar Orchestra ‘Live Wires’. In 2004, he won the 1st Prize at the Christchurch Guitar Society Competition. He is a member of the Christchurch Guitar Society and is an active guitar teacher in Canterbury.
My background is in teaching – in both primary and secondary schools – and I have a diploma in Special Teaching Needs. For the past fourteen years I have been working privately focusing on people with dyslexia and related learning issues. For the past nine of those years I have also been assessing people with learning difficulties.
I find my work fascinating and particularly enjoy exploring ways to make learning more accessible to people who think differently. I encourage people to work with their strengths, rather than focusing on their difficulties.