October 10, 2023

MENZA Conference 2023 presenter notes/powerpoints and videos


Dr. Anita Collins

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, author and researcher in music education and brain development. She has interviewed over 100 neuromusical researchers in Canada, USA, Scandinavia and Europe, she is a TEDx speaker and TED-Ed writer and author of The Music Advantage. Anita is probably best known for her role as onscreen expert in the ABC’s successful documentary Don’t Stop the Music.

Website: Better Bigger Brains

Horomona Horo

Performs and handles the full spectrum of the taonga puoro instruments with a measured skill, historical and cultural understanding as passed down to him by his mentors, first the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and since 2006, Dr Richard Nunns – two of the men credited with the revival of the art-form. His ability to perform solo as well as collaborate so broadly through and extensive musical knowledge of style and process, has led to Horo performing and presenting as a New Zealand representative in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and becoming the international Maori face of Taonga Puoro.

Website: Horomona Horo

Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell has been a professional working musician/composer for the better part of two decades (Southside of Bombay, Trinity Roots, Little Bushman & ex. Fat Freddys Drop). 

Warren is a kaiako o te reo Māori at Kuranui College in the Wairarapa. But prior to 2023, held the position of Associate Professor at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. Maxwell has also composed for film and television, performed at numerous Festivals Internationally (Byron Bay Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, WOMAD N.Z, Big Chill Festival U.K, Roskilde Festival and numerous others). 

In October 2016 he was invited to Antarctica as part of Antarctica N.Z’s ‘Artist Community Outreach Programme’. Since then, Warren’s creative focus has pivoted; focusing his composition and research around environmental re-connection (Tūhono ki te Taiao) and the impending Anthropocene. 

In 2018 Warren was commissioned to compose the opening of the New Zealand Arts Festival in Wellington, celebrating Traditional Seafaring Navigation knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) which included a 300 piece choir. The event was attended by 20,000 strong audience and recently won ‘Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018’ for the New Zealand Events Awards.

Dr. Jeremy Mayall

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is a composer, performer, artist, and researcher from Kirikiriroa-Hamilton, NZ. His work is primarily in music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. Collaboration is at the core of much of his multi-sensory work, and recent projects have included work with musicians, dancers, poets, aerial silks performers, theatre practitioners, scientists, perfumers, bakers, authors, sculptors, filmmakers, pyrotechnicians, lighting designers and visual artists. Mayall’s musical work is presented in New Zealand and internationally, including tours to USA, UK and China, as well as commissions for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZ Trio, WOMAD, and Orchestras Central. He regularly collaborates with taonga puoro specialist Horomona Horo on a range of different commissions. He also works in immersive installation projects, is an author and researcher whose creative practice-informed work has been published internationally, and is CEO of Creative Waikato.

To continue watching Keynote speeches by Horomona Horo, Warren Maxwell and Dr. Jeremy Mayall.

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Performance: Kō Āhau Anake

Presentation Slides

Karen Grylls – You want me to conduct the choir? Topic: a general and interactive session on what you can do for yourself and your singers (G) – handout

Annie Hill (Creative Bay of Plenty) (G) – Funding in the arts: presentation

Ben Lau – Maori principles in my classroom: presentation

Paul Norman – shareable link to the folder of Jazz Improvisation resources used at the presentation: click here.

Christian Quimelli – Music and Science: improving student engagement through Art and Electronics: presentation

Helen Willberg – Bringing Joy with Sticks, Stones and Songs (ECE): notes

Maria Winder – Catching a Song (ECE): Powerpoint and Lesson Plan excerpts

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