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Musicnet Summary to 26th Jan 2015

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By MartinEmo

Kia ora tātou,


Welcome to both our old and new members to Musicnet for 2015. At the end of 2014 we farewelled Shane Morrow from his position of Musicnet Facilitator. I, Martin Emo have taken over from him and look forward to continuing the great work he has done. I’m based in sunny Nelson, teaching at Waimea College. I’m looking forward to being online with you and our growing community. We currently number 995 members! (Subscribe)


This weekly summary along with those from Drama, Dance, Visual Art and Art History are also posted each week via twitter @artsonline1


·         There were several messages from schools looking for itinerant teachers and

vice versa. I won't summarise them here, but a trip through the archives would be a good start if you are still looking and it's good to have this community to be able to connect with. Thanks to those who posted what region/town/city the positions were in in the subject line of their message. This makes it much easier for everyone to filter out the relevant messages.

·         Megan Brownlie began a discussion on fixed or rotating itinerant timetables that’s well worth a read even if you are happy with your system.

·         Ryan Kershaw posted 5 Ways to start the new year right for musicians.on his blog. Some good ideas to pass along to your more senior students.

·         Duncan Ferguson pointed to a new blog he has started, which includes his planning of a project based teaching program.

·         MENZA (Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa) has their most recent magazine online and also a very good calendar of key dates around the country.


This time of the year when people look for resources, assessment tasks, unit plans and

ideas as they were setting up their programmes for the year. Have a look on the Resource Exchange. Also if you do have something to share, we'd all be delighted if you could put it up.

I thought I'd share a couple of Arts Online pages which might be useful for

your planning and searching for resources. They are quite extensive:

This page contains links to a variety of ICT resources: freeware, software, ICT

readings, digital resources, and interactive sites

This page contains links to several commercial providers of music education


When you send a post to Musicnet, include a relevant description in the subject line. This makes it much simpler to find once it’s archived here.

If you haven’t posted on Musicnet for a while (or ever) why not start a discussion around a topic you’d like to discuss. Send your email here.


Best wishes for the week ahead. I know that, for many Primary/Intermediate School teachers, you are in the midst of setting up your rooms. For the Secondary Teachers we’re checking our NZQA results and looking at our class lists.




Martin Emo

Assistant HOD Performing Arts (Teacher in Charge of Music)

Waimea College      @WaiColPFA          

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Musicnet    @ArtsOnline1