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Retrieving music classes from the jaws of NCEA: sharing ideas on curriculum design with Dr Graham McPhail

August 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sector: Secondary
Where: Faculty of Education and Social Work, Epsom Campus, 74 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
Cost:Free for MENZA members, first year teachers and those currently enrolled in an education degree, or $30 for non-members.
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This workshop will introduce the key concepts of a curriculum design model currently being trialled in a number of New Zealand schools. The aim of the workshop is to engage with the high level of teacher autonomy available in New Zealand by encouraging renewed thinking about curriculum design in its broadest sense rather than in relation to assessment, which has tended to dominate teacher thinking and practice over the last decade or so. The Curriculum Design Coherence (CDC) model currently being trialled in the Knowledge Rich School Project run out of the University of Auckland is one that has been theoretically critiqued in the academic literature and is currently being trailed and critiqued by teachers in five New Zealand schools (three secondary, one primary, and one Kura). Teacher capability in relation to thinking about curriculum design is very likely to be enhanced by coming into contact with these ideas.


Dr Graham McPhail is Senior Lecturer in Music Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education. He taught secondary school music for 21 years and for three years was the national moderator for NCEA music working for NZQA. His research interests include the place of knowledge in curriculum development, 21st century education, and pedagogy in one-to-one music tuition.  Graham is a past President of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI), a member of the baroque ensemble Extempore, and artistic co-director of New Zealand’s original instrument orchestra NZ Barok. He also teaches baroque violin in the School of Music and is one of New Zealand’s leading figures in the critical approach to performance of 17th and 18th century European art music.



August 10, 2019
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Epsom Campus, University of Auckland