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Musicnet Summary to 15 Nov 2020

Musicnet Summary to 15 Nov 2020

Kia ora tātou Do you read these summaries? Should I continue to compile and send them? A chunk of my time each week is spent writing them that could be spent on the other aspects of my position. I didn’t do one last week. Did you miss it? Send me…
Musicnet Summary 31 Oct 2020

Musicnet Summary 31 Oct 2020

Kia ora tātou   Over the last week, I’ve felt that there has been an acceleration of the end of year snowball. Towards Christmas, senior balls/dances, end of year prizegivings, students leaving their current schools for intermediate/secondary and planning for 2021. During my years of teaching, I found it really…
Musicnet Summary to 26 Oct 2020

Musicnet Summary to 26 Oct 2020

Kia ora tātou The dates and location for the bi-annual 2021 MENZA conference have been confirmed. 10-13 October 2021 in Tauranga. Start planning for attending the best professional development you can find in New Zealand. For those putting in budget requests, expect $3-400 for conference fees plus your travel and…
Musicnet Summary to 19 Oct 2020

Musicnet Summary to 19 Oct 2020

  Kia ora tātou   Former Musicnet moderator Shane Morrow began a thread on curriculum review, inspired by the recent interview with Anita Collins, neuro-science educator. This lead into a discussion of what the NCEA review could look like. It would be great to get some more conversation going about…
Musicnet Summary to 26 Sept 2020

Musicnet Summary to 26 Sept 2020

Kia ora tātou It’s holidays now! Hearing the various challenges that teachers have faced over the last few months, I really hope that you can turn off your email, unplug your laptop and have some days to yourself. The second half of the year will also bring changes, as the…
Musicnet summary to 18th Sept 2020

Musicnet summary to 18th Sept 2020

Kia ora tātou One week to go! That’s all I can say.  The NZ Music commission made a great resource of a number of terms and phrases for using te reo in the music class room. Can’t wait to see them up around classrooms around the country.  A resource for…
Musicnet Summary to 12 Sept 2020

Musicnet Summary to 12 Sept 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…
Musicnet Summary to 28 August 2020

Musicnet Summary to 28 August 2020

Kia ora tātou Earlier this month, Roland celebrated 40 years of the TR-808 Drum Machine. What was a commercial flop on release and ended up in pawn shops. It was picked up by Hip Hop producers and now permeates many of the songs that feature on your students’ spotify playlists.…
Musicnet Summary to 24 Aug 2020

Musicnet Summary to 24 Aug 2020

Kia ora tātou It’s great to hear that 33 teachers have signed up to be involved in the expert teacher shadowing throughout NZ. There is now a database of those offering the chance for you to come watch them for a day. Anyone can be part of it, you don’t…
Musicnet Summary to 14 August 2020

Musicnet Summary to 14 August 2020

Kia ora tātou The week has ended not quite like how most of us expected it. Here in Nelson, the local Fringe Festival has already decided to go online, and other concerts cancelled. I encourage you to all be kind to yourselves this weekend, whatever the decision is today. A timely…
Musicnet Summary to 7 August 2020

Musicnet Summary to 7 August 2020

Kia ora tātou Another busy week in the life of music teachers on musicnet. Thanks for all of you who jump in with answers to questions that people ask. The strength of this community is that so many of you are willing to share your knowledge with each other. I…
Musicnet Summary to 31st July 2020

Musicnet Summary to 31st July 2020

Kia ora tātou A facebook post reminded me of a great youtube channel that are a wealth of content for your classroom. NPR Music, which hosts concerts in an office (and now in homes) with possibly the widest coverage of musicians. From John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan and Mavis Staples to…
Musicnet Summary to 24 July 2020

Musicnet Summary to 24 July 2020

Kia ora tātou   The MENZA AGM is now only two weeks away. If you’re near Auckland, come along for the workshops and AGM being held on Saturday 8th August. You can also attend remotely via a Zoom link that will sent out to MENZA members via email. It’s a…
Musicnet Summary to 17 July 2020

Musicnet Summary to 17 July 2020

Kia ora tātou   It’s back to school for most of you on Monday. It’s not the case for many music teachers around the world. When I look across at our colleagues in the USA, it’s quite distressing to read on facebook groups of them fighting their boards of education…
Musicnet Summary to 3 July 2020

Musicnet Summary to 3 July 2020

Kia ora tātou   Summary to 3 July 2020   It’s the last day of term. I hope you all enjoy a great break after the very long term 1+2.    My short nationwide survey for my PHD research on music education and digital technology is out. I’m really hoping…
Musicnet Summary 26 June 2020

Musicnet Summary 26 June 2020

Kia ora tātou One week to go for most of you.  What a marathon.  I hope you’ve booked a holiday or blocked out time to recover. Be gentle on what you think you’ll get done these holidays.  Two-week summary to 26 June 2020 General (for all Music Levels) Thanks to…
Musicnet Summary to 15 June 2020

Musicnet Summary to 15 June 2020

Kia ora tātou   The MENZA AGM is being held on Saturday 8th August in AKL. It’s slightly later than usual, as the board were waiting to see what was happening with Covid-19 restrictions. It begins at 1:30 with 2 workshops confirmed so far: Delysse Glynn, National Assessment Moderator from…
Musicnet Summary to 5 June 2020

Musicnet Summary to 5 June 2020

Kia ora tātou After a full week of working at Level 2, I’m aware that teachers and students are knackered. Perhaps it’s a combination of working through the last holidays to prepare for teaching online, working from home, caring for the well-being of others on top of what will be…
Musicnet Summary to 22 May 2020

Musicnet Summary to 22 May 2020

Kia ora tātou The first week back at face-to-face school is drawing to a close. I do hope that you’ve all been able to successfully navigate the challenges that your individual context brings. If you’ve still got questions about Covid-19 and music teaching, head to the MENZA resources page where…
Musicnet Summary to 15 May 2020

Musicnet Summary to 15 May 2020

Kia ora tātou For some of you, Monday will find you teaching students face-to-face in your classroom. I hope you find time over this weekend to take a short break, as it’s been a long term already if you spent your last holidays getting ready to teach online! I’m still…
Musicnet Summary to 8 May 2020

Musicnet Summary to 8 May 2020

Kia ora tātou Another two weeks, and another shift in what we’re doing. It’s been great meeting music educators from around Aotearoa via the online workshops and chats that I’ve been having. If you want to catch up on the 12 past workshops, watch the videos and see the resources…
News from ISME April 30th

News from ISME April 30th

News from ISME We appreciate that everyone is very busy, reinventing how they work, working from home, juggling multiple responsibilities, so we have kept this month’s newsletter short and just bring you a message from the ISME President and some quick news. Stories are: Update from Susan O’Neill Elections for…
Musicnet Summary to 24th April 2020

Musicnet Summary to 24th April 2020

Kia ora tātou It’s the end of another week on Musicnet. No doubt many of you will have zoom-fatigue, and your email inboxes are overflowing. This summary is only a summary, and not every email that’s been through Musicnet. I encourage you to close your inbox throughout the day, to…
Musicnet Summary to 13 April 2020

Musicnet Summary to 13 April 2020

Kia ora tātou This week is the beginning of a new school Term, but it’s going to be different from any other term you’ve taught before. In my new role as the MENZA Digital Kaiārahi, I’ve been running free workshops online. Last week I covered a few more holistic thoughts…
Musicnet Summary to 27 March 2020

Musicnet Summary to 27 March 2020

Kia ora tātou Summary to 27 March 2020 Instead of my normal summary (which would be two weeks worth!) I encourage you to actually take a break from your computer. Instead I’ve got some hopefully helpful advice. For the last 2 years I’ve predominantly worked from home office, and here…
Musicnet Summary 14 March 2020

Musicnet Summary 14 March 2020

Kia ora tātou Hygiene of recorders and the Covid-19 virus were popular threads in the last week. I do encourage you to have a read through threads and think about what your plan is if your school had to close. (Apart from catching up on all that marking, and making…
Musicnet Summary to 8 March 2020

Musicnet Summary to 8 March 2020

Kia ora tātou   Summary to 8 March 2020 Next week is Womad where musicians come from all around the world to perform in New Plymouth. Tune in to Radio NZ for coverage over the weekend, or check out this Spotify playlist of who is performing to discover some new…
Musicnet Summary to 29 Feb 2020

Musicnet Summary to 29 Feb 2020

Kia ora tātou Summary to 29 Feb 2020 This list only functions due to the contributions from those who are members. I know many of you really appreciate the discussions, but don’t contribute. That’s fine, but I encourage you to participate once in a while by starting a thread or…
Musicnet Summary to 21 Feb 2020

Musicnet Summary to 21 Feb 2020

Kia ora tātou Summary to 21 Feb 2020 Hook-line-and-sing-a-long entries are now open for 2020. Students can submit songs as individuals or groups and I know they have had entries from ranging from Year 4 through to Year 12s doing it as a NCEA task. Listen to some of the…
MENZA-TENZ conference and PSTC announcements

MENZA-TENZ conference and PSTC announcements

SAVE THE DATE ! Music and Digital Technologies: Practical ideas for the primary classroom Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July in Auckland (Location to be confirmed) A TRCC SPONSORED EVENT CO-ORGANISED BY MENZA AND TENZ This conference will empower primary teachers of any level with the tools to work with…
Musicnet Summary to 14th Feb 2020

Musicnet Summary to 14th Feb 2020

Kia ora tātou In the last week I’ve had conversations with teachers about: Lessons starting, instrument demonstration nights, finding new teachers for roll increases, juggling rooming conflicts, ordering more stationary, learning a new student management software system, finding out where the secret staff toilet is, the best coffee closest to…
Musicnet Summary 9 Feb 2020

Musicnet Summary 9 Feb 2020

Kia ora tātou The announcement of the changes to Concert FM and a potential youth radio channel has been a major topic of discussion in the last week. There have been a number of posts on it on Musicnet, and also on Twitter and Facebook. Have a read here and…
Musicnet Summary to 3 Feb 2020

Musicnet Summary to 3 Feb 2020

Kia ora tātou On Sunday, the Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA) board met in Auckland for our annual face-to-face. Our usual monthly meetings are online, but as you know, being in the same room enabled a greater sense of community and sharing or ideas. There are some exciting developments…
Musicnet Summary 27 Jan 2020

Musicnet Summary 27 Jan 2020

Kia ora tātou Over the last week I’ve seen more and more activity on the Musicnet list, so it seems the holidays are over! I do hope you have all had a rest, and refresh.  There have been a large number of new members to the Musicnet list. Welcome to…
Musicnet Final Summary for the Year

Musicnet Final Summary for the Year

Kia ora tātou This is the last summary of the year before I take a break from moderating the list for 4 weeks. I’ll keep distributing emails until the end of this friday.  I’ll be back checking my email and moderating this list again from the 20th Jan.    Thanks…
Musicnet Summary to 1 Dec 2019

Musicnet Summary to 1 Dec 2019

Kia ora tātou Secondary school teachers can almost count the number of classes they have left on one hand. Primary and ECE teachers are enjoying the improved weather for outdoor activities. ITMs seem to be either flat out preparing for a Christmas concert, or collapsing after a Christmas concert.  Just…
Submissions for Abstracts and Registrations for PSTC, 2020

Submissions for Abstracts and Registrations for PSTC, 2020

New Zealand Primary School Teachers’ Conference April 16-17, 2020, St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland. Submission for Abstracts closes December 20th. https://menza.co.nz/event/primary-school-teachers-conference-2020/ Nāku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your basket and my basket, the people will live. This is now the second year that the New…
Musicnet summary to 24 Nov 2019

Musicnet summary to 24 Nov 2019

Kia ora tātou The Christmas countdown has begun, as I spied a Christmas tree the other week in an apartment window. Buskers have added Christmas tunes to their repertoire and it won’t be long before shop owners are wearing santa hats.  As is the tradition, for the third year, I’ll…
Musicnet Summary to 16 Nov 2019

Musicnet Summary to 16 Nov 2019

Kia ora tātou 6 weeks till Christmas and then we’re in 2020! Where has the year gone? Another week on the Musicnet list where I’d like to thank everyone for contributing to the online community of knowledge. Going through and making these summaries, it’s nice to see new names pop…
Musicnet Summary to 8 Nov 2019

Musicnet Summary to 8 Nov 2019

Kia ora tātou I had the pleasure of attending the Vodafone Music Artisan Awards earlier this week. Duncan Ferguson from St Andrews College in CHCH was awarded the Music Teacher of the Year. Thanks to Mike at the NZ Music Commission for starting and supporting this award.  Faculty Rocks is…
Musicnet Summary 28 Oct 2019

Musicnet Summary 28 Oct 2019

Kia ora tātou A busy week for those with senior secondary students as the countdown to the last lessons begins. For primary and intermediate teachers, they seem to welcome the change of seasons after Labour Day to enable more outside activities to take place.  This week I’m off to Wellington…
Musicnet Summary to 18 October 2019

Musicnet Summary to 18 October 2019

Kia ora tātou In the second week of the holidays, I joined teachers, educators and music industry supporters at the bi-annual MENZA conference in Christchurch. During its initial planning stages, we thought we’d be happy with 80 teachers, so it was a great achievement that nearly 150 people attended across…

Kia ora tātou It’s the last day of term 3! Well done, you’ve made it through parent conferences, performances and sickness. Time to sit back and relax somewhere in the next two weeks.  It’s 9 days till the MENZA Conference starts and I do hope that you’ll be one of…
Musicnet Summary to 19 Sept 2019

Musicnet Summary to 19 Sept 2019

Kia ora tātou One of the most exciting opportunities to come out this week is a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Creative NZ and Ministry of Heritage and Culture called ‘Creatives in Schools’ Initiative. Think of it as a refresh and change from the old ‘Artists in Schools’ project…
Musicnet Summary to 13 Sept 2019

Musicnet Summary to 13 Sept 2019

Kia ora tātou A busy week on Musicnet, and it seems extra busy in the world of music education.  Some great links for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori, and other music resources. Make a cup of herbal tea to fend of the lingering colds and have a read through…
Musicnet Summary to 6 Sept 2019

Musicnet Summary to 6 Sept 2019

Kia ora tātou Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is next week, and there is a thread here with resources you can use. These will be uploaded to the Teacher Resource Exchange once some more links have been added.  Thread of the week, is the currently 26-reply discussion on students…
Musicnet Summary to 30 August 2019

Musicnet Summary to 30 August 2019

Kia ora tātou Welcome to the newest members of Musicnet. This is probably a good time for many of you to have a look at the guidelines and frequently asked questions listed here. It includes how to make a great post, reply and what to do when you want to change your…
Musicnet Summary to 25 Aug 2019

Musicnet Summary to 25 Aug 2019

Kia ora tātou Summary to 25 August 2019 I’ve been enjoying listening to podcasts when I get the chance. A challenge in itself, as I find it really hard to be actively listening to people talking whilst trying to work. Practicing music, reading or writing isn’t as conducive to podcast-listening…
Musicnet Summary to 16 Aug 2019

Musicnet Summary to 16 Aug 2019

Kia ora tātou This week, 100s of students took part in the Auckland KBB Music Festival and Wellington WEBO Festival. Concert Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Combos, Big Bands, Chamber Orchestras and ensembles in between took to the stage and performed. Earlier this month the NZ Concert Band Festival also took place. …
Musicnet Summary to 10 August 2019

Musicnet Summary to 10 August 2019

Kia ora tātou Last week, I read through the latest SoundOnSound magazine, an audio gear magazine that always has a feature on a current song and how it was made. This week it’s on “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, which is breaking records for it’s length at number…
Musicnet Summary to 2 Aug 2019

Musicnet Summary to 2 Aug 2019

Kia ora tātou Last week I was privileged to take part in the Invercargill MENZA workshop in conjunction with the MoE and NZQA. It was the first time that MENZA, or NZQA has delivered any music specific professional learning in Southland since the Regional Arts Partnerships of 2016.  Thinking about…
Musicnet Summary to 19 July 2019

Musicnet Summary to 19 July 2019

Kia ora tātou   Today is the last day of your ‘holiday.’ If you didn’t realise. I do hope that you all managed to have a break away from you usual workplace be it the classroom, lecture theatre, conductor’s podium or teaching studio. With only about 16 weeks till NCEA…
Musicnet Summary 5 July 2019

Musicnet Summary 5 July 2019

Kia ora tātou Well done for making it to the last day of the school term!  I would like to thank you all for the support of the Musicnet list over the last term. The value of this network is indispensable for many teachers, including those in sole-charge locations.  Here…
Musicnet Summary 28 June 2019

Musicnet Summary 28 June 2019

Kia ora tātou This Sunday MENZA have their afternoon of PD and AGM in AKL. It’s a time to reflect on what has happened in Music Education in NZ for the last year, and look forward to the future. If you’re near AKL do take the time to come along,…
Congratulations Celia Stewart for Queen’s Birthday Honours MNZM

Congratulations Celia Stewart for Queen’s Birthday Honours MNZM

Congratulations to Celia Stewart on being made a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her outstanding services to Music Education over many years.   For services to music education Mrs Celia Stewart has contributed to music education in the Canterbury region and nationally for more than 40…
Musicnet Summary to 21 June 2019

Musicnet Summary to 21 June 2019

Kia ora tātou As we enter the last 2 weeks of the term for most of you in schools it seems that everyone is piled high with report writing, parent-teacher conferences, assessments, concerts and teaching the students who arrive each day in your classroom. Perhaps you’ll think of showing them…
Musicnet Summary to 10 June 2019

Musicnet Summary to 10 June 2019

  Kia ora tātou   Edited summary to 10 June 2019 Have you registered for the MENZA conference in October yet? Early-bird discounts end soon, airfares and accommodation prices will go up so register today! www.menzaconference.co.nz   Also a big thanks to everyone who has ensured they include their name…
Musicnet Summary 24 May 2019

Musicnet Summary 24 May 2019

  Kia ora tātou Around NZ today there are students striking for Climate Change, and next week many teachers will be striking for the PPTA claim.   Another way to help change happen is to be part of the national organisation of Music Educators. MENZA organises our bi-annual conference, PLD…
Musicnet Summary to 13 May 2019

Musicnet Summary to 13 May 2019

Kia ora tātou We’re halfway through NZ Music Month. Check out the resources and links in this email from Mike at the NZ Music commission. Registrations are filling up for the MENZA Conference in October. It is in the school holiday so accomodation and flights will go up in price…
Musicnet Summary 6 May 2019

Musicnet Summary 6 May 2019

Kia ora tātou Summary to 6 May 2019 It’s NZ Music Month, and as usual, the NZ Music Commission has been busy. Their Daily Listening Calendar, has a great number of songs and resources for you to dip into for 10 mins each day. (It’s not too late to start!).…
Musicnet Summary 29 April 2019

Musicnet Summary 29 April 2019

Kia ora tātou Today is the start of Term 2 for many of you, and I do hope you managed to have a break somewhere over the holidays. I’ve had advice from busy HODs that you should carve out 50% of your holiday time for yourself. I know this is…
Musicnet Summary to 12 April 2019

Musicnet Summary to 12 April 2019

Kia ora tātou Welcome to you last Musicnet summary of Term 1! For most of you, you can look forward to a 2-week break from teaching and students. Do you have a great idea for a workshop? Registrations are now open, along with applications for presenting workshops at the bi-annual…
Musicnet Summary to 1 April 2019

Musicnet Summary to 1 April 2019

Kia ora tātou   Over the weekend I took part in the Cubaduapa festival in WLG. A highlight was a Trumpet fanfare with 56 trumpets, ranging from adults down to some 7 year olds. We performed in a number of venues including the Opera House stage over the space of…

Kia ora tātou I write this summary one week after the Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks. It’s still hard to believe that it actually happened. Neuroscientist Nathan Wallis was interviewed here giving advice and answering questions about how to talk to children/students about the attacks. Summary to 24 March  2019 It’s…
Musicnet Summary 18 March 2019

Musicnet Summary 18 March 2019

  Kia ora tātou   Last week Helen from Computer Music formally announced the closure of her company. I know many of you will have contacted her individually, but I wish to thank her for the time she has spent supporting music education over the last decade. Although it was…
Musicnet Summary to 11 March 2019

Musicnet Summary to 11 March 2019

Kia ora tātou Summary to 11 March 2019 The annual student songwriting competition, Hook-line-and-sing-a-long, which is a collaboration between MENZA and The NZ Music Commission closes this sunday, March 17th. $1500 of prizes are up for grabs. If you don’t have enough time for this year, still head to the…
Summary of Musicnet to 2 March 2019

Summary of Musicnet to 2 March 2019

Kia ora tātou This last week I spent time supporting teachers in developing their Music technology skills. They took time out of their busy day, to assess what they are doing, and what they could be doing in the future. Some spoke of the great support that Musicnet is to…
Musicnet Summary to 24 Feb 2019

Musicnet Summary to 24 Feb 2019

Kia ora tātou   Over the last 5 years there has been a number of consultations by the Ministry of Education on what we do in schools. However, for the current review of Tomorrow’s Schools, it is vital that as many submissions are made to advocate for Music and the…
Musicnet Summary to 15th Feb 2019

Musicnet Summary to 15th Feb 2019

  Kia ora tātou First of all, apologies for the lack of a summary last week. Living in Nelson, I was directly affected by the fires and so have been catching up on a few days of lost productivity since last weekend. My family and cat had priority over my…
Tribute to Ian Dando

Tribute to Ian Dando

life-story-ian-dando-one-of-nzs-top-music-critics Obituary: Ian Dando​ 1934-2019 worked for the Ministry of Education as the Otago music advisor in Dunedin. In Christchurch he worked as a senior music lecturer at the College of Education. He was also known as a music reviewer and gifted school music teacher.
He Rahi Te Iti – little can be huge

He Rahi Te Iti – little can be huge

In November MENZA Networks of Expertise presented He Rahi Iti – little can huge. Event details  
Kaiārahi appointments – Music PLD. We want to hear from you!

Kaiārahi appointments – Music PLD. We want to hear from you!

MENZA is very pleased to announce the appointment of three kaiārahi, who will be instrumental in strengthening teacher networks and developing PLD opportunities around the country as part of our Networks of Expertise programme. We are very proud to have such accomplished and experienced music educators supporting our new programme. Secondary…
Theory Games

Theory Games

Theory Games In July 2018 Judith Bell ran a workshop where music teachers could try out all the most popular music games used at the after school Chisnallwood Theory Club. Details of the workshop are here
Congratulations to Julie Wylie MNZM

Congratulations to Julie Wylie MNZM

We congratulate Julie Wylie of Christchurch who was awarded MNZM (Member of NZ Order of Merit) for services to musical play therapy. Julie is a long standing member of the executive of Music Education Canterbury. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter nationally and internationally. She continues to research, write,…
MENZA Tauranga PD – Effective Music Technology

MENZA Tauranga PD – Effective Music Technology

MENZA Tauranga PD – Effective Music Technology Date: Wednesday 1 August  2018 Venue: Tauranga Boys College Place: Mayfield House. Fee: $30 for MENZA members $60 for Non-MENZA members (membership fee included) Morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO lunch REGISTER HERE This PD day is designed to support Intermediate and Secondary teachers…
Hook Line and Singalong 2018

Hook Line and Singalong 2018

“The Smell of Sunscreen” is the 2018 winner for the Hook line and Singalong Competition. Congratulations to James Constable of Christchurch of Rangiora High, Christchurch on this song! You can find all the lead sheets and recordings here at the hook line and Singalong website: http://hooklineandsingalong.com/2018-2/ You can register your Sing-along…
ANZARME submissions close July 30

ANZARME submissions close July 30

CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS CLOSES JULY 30 Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation (if any) by Monday, 30 July, 2018. The abstracts will be double peer-reviewed and notification with regards acceptance will be given by mid August at the latest.…
The Positive Power of Musical Play

The Positive Power of Musical Play

The Positive Power of Musical Play – A Workshop with Julie Wylie: Saturday 5 May, 2pm – 4pm, Christchurch School of Music ??? Julie is delighted to present a practical workshop on “The Positive Power of Musical Play”, in association with Music Education Canterbury (see workshop outline below for further…
Music Education can help children cope with stress

Music Education can help children cope with stress

A study conducted in Germany looked at how different interventions might affect the aggressive behaviour of children, and found that those who received musical training showed less aggressive behaviour when provoked. The study, led by Ingo Roden of Oldenburg University, involved a group of 34 primary school children from different…
A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception. The study of 6-7-year-old…
The Positive Power of Musical Play

The Positive Power of Musical Play

The Positive Power of Musical Play – A Workshop with Julie Wylie: Saturday 5 May, 2pm – 4pm, Christchurch School of Music ??? Julie is delighted to present a practical workshop on “The Positive Power of Musical Play”, in association with Music Education Canterbury (see workshop outline below for further…
Stop Defending Music Education

Stop Defending Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the “keep music because it helps with other things“ pieces out there.…
Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

By focusing on exams, and undervaluing informal approaches to music, we are preventing young people reaching their full musical potential. What’s the best way to learn music? For many, progression is best measured by the formal exam journey – from the treasured early prize of grade 1 through to the…
Rising star Toloa Faraimo, 15, earns internship with Orchestra Wellington

Rising star Toloa Faraimo, 15, earns internship with Orchestra Wellington

He’s been playing violin for fewer than three years, but Porirua teen Toloa Faraimo has already earned an internship with Orchestra Wellington. The 15-year-old from Ascot Park is a rising star, launched by Dr Liz Sneyd as part of her charitable youth orchestra Virtuoso Strings that teaches children from low…
Musical Literacy: a skill of some note

Musical Literacy: a skill of some note

  In 2015 a story ran in the UK press which revealed that it was Heather Mills who taught her daughter music, not her ex-husband, Sir Paul McCartney, because he cannot read music notation. McCartney and John Lennon left the job of notating their music for the Beatles to producer…
The Inverted Classroom – Modulation

The Inverted Classroom – Modulation

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Stop obsessing over talent – everyone can sing!

Stop obsessing over talent – everyone can sing!

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How to improve school results

How to improve school results

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MENZA Wellington Events – WOF and When We Sing!!

MENZA Wellington Events – WOF and When We Sing!!

When We Sing!! Wednesday 1 August, 1-3pm Sacred Hear College, Lower Hutt Free Event A new event this year to acknowledge the variety of singing groups in our secondary schools. The idea is a simple rotation of performances by all singing groups in attendance and a massed sing to conclude.…
MENZA Taranaki PD – Effective Music Technology

MENZA Taranaki PD – Effective Music Technology

MENZA Taranaki PD – Effective Music Technology Thursday 15th March 2018, 9:30am – 3:30pm Venue – New Plymouth Girls High School – Scotlands Hostel Meeting Room 60 Northgate, Strandon, New Plymouth 4312 Morning and Afternoon Tea Provided BYO Lunch REGISTER HERE This PD day is designed to support intermediate, secondary…
New Year’s Honours

New Year’s Honours

We congratulate Graeme Wallis of Christchurch who was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to music. Graeme is a long-standing executive member of Music Education Canterbury (Canterbury branch of MENZA) and chair of the Christchurch Civic Music Council.
January Jazz Workshops 2018

January Jazz Workshops 2018

The premier event for young jazz musicians – come and spend a week in Wellington learning from some of the best jazz educators in New Zealand and guest artist John Riley The New Zealand Jazz Foundation provides exceptional musical experiences to young jazz musicians in New Zealand. The National Jazz…
ONZA 2018 Summer Workshop

ONZA 2018 Summer Workshop

Date: Saturday January 20: 9.30am – 3.30pm Venue: Wairau Intermediate, 113 Becroft Dr, Forrest Hill, Auckland This movement/music workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage with Māori legend/story using processes involving dance and music. Participants will explore ways of integrating the elements of dance from the NZ Curriculum with Maori…
All Ears 2018 January 22-26

All Ears 2018 January 22-26

ALL EARS – Jazz and Improvisation Workshops >> Coming to Ara in January 2018 Ara Music Arts are excited to be partnering with the ‘All Ears’ team to bring this unique week of workshops to New Zealand in January 2018. This week-long program is a great opportunity for musicians of…
Music Engagement Program (MEP) Workshops in Southland

Music Engagement Program (MEP) Workshops in Southland

The Invercargill Outreach Singing Trust will be running three workshops hosted by Susan West, with special discounts for MENZA members. Based on The Music Engagement Program (MEP) philosophy of shared music-making as a means to promote well-being, encourage participation and develop musical skills and knowledge, the programme includes an overview…
Sing Dance and Play: A Taste of Orff

Sing Dance and Play: A Taste of Orff

Sing Dance and Play: A Taste of Orff  (presented by ONZA) Saturday 5 August 1.00pm – 5.00pm Christchurch School of Music, 60 Ferry Rd Register through ONZA  Orff Schulwerk offers a holistic approach to music education that ensures music is accessible to all. It integrates singing, speech activities, movement, folk dance…
George Garzone jazz saxophone workshops Saturday Aug 19

George Garzone jazz saxophone workshops Saturday Aug 19

George Garzone jazz saxophone workshops Saturday Aug 19th @ ARA Music Arts George Garzone saxophone workshops Saturday August 19th ARA Music arts (130 High street, cnr Madras Street)Tenor sax heavyweight and renowned educator George Garzone will be visiting NZ this August, with gigs and workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.Garzone…
Sing Africa With Julian Raphael

Sing Africa With Julian Raphael

Grab your tickets for this great event in Christchurch on Sept 23 Powered by Eventbrite
Linda Webb MNZM

Linda Webb MNZM

Mrs Linda Webb was on the Council of Music Therapy New Zealand from 1996 to 2006, and since re-joining in 2014, she has been appointed Chairperson. Mrs Webb has actively supported music therapy at a local level in Auckland, and regionally in the South Island. Her volunteer work has included…
Linda Webb MNZM

Linda Webb MNZM

MENZA congratulates Linda Webb for her well deserved MNZM for services to Music Education Mrs Linda Webb was on the Council of Music Therapy New Zealand from 1996 to 2006, and since re-joining in 2014, she has been appointed Chairperson. Mrs Webb has actively supported music therapy at a local…
ISME newsletter June 2017

ISME newsletter June 2017

Check out the latest ISME newsletter here
Jazz On The Road

Jazz On The Road

Tuesday June 6th 2017 Burnside High School/ Aurora Centre Jazz on the Road – a half day workshop and performance event with young intermediate and secondary school musicians around big band and jazz concepts. Through individual workshops, panel discussions and demonstration to the school jazz bands attending, followed by an…
MENZA AGM & PD Workshops

MENZA AGM & PD Workshops

MENZA AGM & PD Workshops Holy Cross School, 2-6 Athens St, Miramar, Wellington 6022 Saturday 10 June 2017 REGISTER HERE Details We warmly invite our members to attend our AGM on Saturday 10 June and encourage you to attend one of our workshops designed to cater for early childhood, primary and secondary…
MENZA Auckland PD Day

MENZA Auckland PD Day

MENZA Auckland PD Day – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Event details Friday 2 June 2017 Manurewa High School 67 Browns Rd, Manurewa, Auckland. MENZA  is pleased to present a dynamic line-up of workshops for primary, secondary and itinerant teachers of music. Hosted by Manurewa High School, workshops will focus on songwriting for both primary and…
Dynamic Teaching Ideas for Music Theory and Jazz in the Intermediate Years

Dynamic Teaching Ideas for Music Theory and Jazz in the Intermediate Years

Judith Bell –  Dynamic Teaching Ideas for Music Theory and Jazz in the Intermediate Years  Join the Wellington Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers on Sunday the 28th of May for an afternoon of learning (afternoon tea provided). Date: Sunday 28th May  1 – 5pm   Venue: Queen Margaret College, 53 Hobson…
CHCH Music PD Day June 11

CHCH Music PD Day June 11

Music Education Canterbury is pleased to bring you some great workshops that will give you some new and inspiring ideas that you can take back to your classrooms immediately. Sunday 11 June 1.00-5.00pm Register here Christchurch School of Music 60 Ferry Rd Reinvigorating Singing with our Senior Students with a…
Wellington Region Secondary School Music Teachers Network Meetings

Wellington Region Secondary School Music Teachers Network Meetings

Wellington Region Secondary School Music Teachers Network Meetings 4pm, Thursday 29 June Newlands College with Ben Lau Year 9/10 Junior Programmes   4pm, Thursday 21st September Heretaunga College with Megan Brownie NCEA performance – Assessment and Moderation   4pm, Thursday 23 November Scots College with Ivan Patterson Repeats and Deletes…
Music Education Canterbury AGM

Music Education Canterbury AGM

  June 28  7pm A great opportunity to hear from local music education groups and to have a quick tour of the facilities at the new U of C Music location! UC Arts City Campus at the Arts Centre 3 Hereford St Christchurch Central Christchurch 8013 We will be meeting…
TER for Instrumental Music Teachers

TER for Instrumental Music Teachers

The Education Council has worked with IRMT and MENZA to develop a TER programme for Music teachers that they will be able to enrol in at the start of 2017. This is for teachers who need to renew their provisional practicing certificate. (The Education CounciI will provide extensions to teachers…
TER programme for Instrumental Music Teachers

TER programme for Instrumental Music Teachers

Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme The Education Council has worked with IRMT and MENZA to develop a TER programme for Music teachers that they will be able to enrol in at the start of 2017. This is for teachers who need to renew their provisional practicing certificate. (The Education CounciI…
Wellington Orchestra Festival

Wellington Orchestra Festival

WOF – Wellington Orchestra Festival Thursday 29 June 9:15am – 2:45pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER $80 MENZA members, $100 incl. membership for non-MENZA members St Oran’s College, 550 High Street, Boulcott, Lower Hutt WOF is our opportunity to gather all of those students who learn an orchestral instrument together to realise and…
Orff : Level 1 certification & Workshops 2017

Orff : Level 1 certification & Workshops 2017

In 2017 ONZA are offering the Level 1 Orff certification course in Wellington over three weekend modules.  This is the first time the course is offered in this way, rather than as a six day block course so hopefully its easier for you to attend when its spread over the…
Future of PLD

Future of PLD

Kia ora Tim,  Thank you for your email regarding your concerns about music PLD and where MENZA fits into the new PLD landscape.  We realise subject associations and other networks play a key role in supporting teachers’ professional development and we have incorporated this into designing the new PLD system. …
We Are Aotearoa

We Are Aotearoa

  The lead sheets and audio tracks can be found on the HLS website: http://hooklineandsingalong.com/2016-2/   6 We Are Aotearoa Kiwileles (uke chords and lyrics) We are Aotearoa  (lead sheet) Hook Line And Sing-A-Long 2016 - MIX1mmHook Line And Sing-A-Long 2016 - Instrumental MIX1mm {"type":"audio","tracklist":true,"tracknumbers":true,"images":true,"artists":true,"tracks":[{"src":"https:\/\/menza.co.nz\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/05\/Hook-Line-And-Sing-A-Long-2016-MIX1mm-1.mp3","type":"audio\/mpeg","title":"Hook Line And Sing-A-Long 2016 - MIX1mm","caption":"","description":"\"Hook…
2015 Report

2015 Report

In the Hawke’s Bay Region there have been a great variety of musical events organised by HBSME (Hawke’s Bay Society for Music Education) this year. We held two very successful PD days for teachers including a music technology workshop presented by Judith Bell and an Early Childhood and Junior music workshop presented by Julie…
MEO Report 2014/2015

MEO Report 2014/2015

The Ukulele Kids’ Jam, which is in its sixth year, attracted over 1000 children from 45 schools. Ruth Buchanan and Ali Caldwell were ably supported by the Activate Music Academy, a range of Super 15 champion Highlanders and the captain of the NZ White Ferns.The Marimba Day held at the…
Cups Song

Cups Song

Check out the practice  of the cups song in Te Reo Maori at East Tamaki School. Venue, time and date booked for massed cup-jam in Auckland at Dilworth Junior School on Friday 30th May at 1pm. Who else in NZ is taking up the challenge? Invercargill Sally Bodkin-Allen, Dunedin Ali Caldwell, Wellington Grace…
Highlights from our latest MENZA Magazine

Highlights from our latest MENZA Magazine

Robin Mills has written a beautiful personal story reminding us to let children create their own voice. Judith Bell has notes from the 30th World Conference on Music Education (ISME) in Thessaloniki, Greece. Helen Willberg reminds us how music can be woven through the day in Early Childhood settings. Heather…
El Sistema on Sunday – TV1 17 Feb 2013

El Sistema on Sunday – TV1 17 Feb 2013

Check out the wonderful work being done by Dr Joe Harrop and his team in Otara with El Sistema Aotearoa – highlighted on TV1 Sunday 17 Feb 2013 – starts at 9:37″