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Musicnet Summary 28 May 2022

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By MartinEmo




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The MENZA AGM and workshops are being held in Wellington after a number of years in AKL on the 19th June. (They will endeavor to be livestreamed). The AGM is a chance to hear about what hard work has been done by the national body of music educators on behalf of all music teachers in NZ. With the reflection that occurs at AGMs, there is also a chance to hatch new plans, have dreams and look to the changes that are on the horizon for music education (aside from NCEA and the new Yr1-13 Curriculum). If you’re within traveling distance to WLG how about you car-pool other music teachers (HODs how about you invite your ITMs) and aim to attend? If you’re a bit further afield, how about you block out the afternoon to spend some time with other music educators in the workshops and AGM. RSVP for the face to face or online here. 


Find out more about MENZA here


I’d like to draw extra attention to the Musical Futures PLD day in July. Originally based on the research of how popular musicians learn music (informally and focused on practical), Musical Futures has transformed the practice of teachers around the world. I’ve personally read a number of research papers that outline the positive impact implementing even just parts of the Musical Futures philosophy can have on student engagement, and teacher confidence in teaching. This includes bringing in more popular/contemporary music across your teaching program. Have a look at their website, do a bit of a google search for blogs and videos of teachers doing it to get more of an idea. 


Summary to 28 May 2022


General (for all Music Levels)

The latest AudioCulture education newsletter out. Have a read and why not sign up to get it directly to go in the draw to win a t-shirt!

Eugene is looking for Taonga Pūoro Players in AKL. Kat also shared a number of other resources

Do you use Tradition of Excellence in a junior band program? Rhys is wanting to hear from you to help him set up a program.

Ideas for a beginner percussion ensemble were shared. Kaboom!

Do you have xylophones or glockenspiels you could lend a school in Canterbury?

Links to Ukrainian songs are found here. 

James Bond unit ideas for Yr10s. 



Lots of ideas for scholarship baritone sax pieces. 

Duncan has a proposal to extend the expiring Performing Arts Technology standards. Have a read of his email and respond to his evidence gathering survey. 


Professional Development and Events

Musical Futures are finally having their AKL PLD day! 8 July. Have a read of the email and head to their website to see how this can really transform your classroom and pedagogy. 

Manukau Symphony Orchestra concert Sunday 29th May. 

MENZA AGM and Workshop 18th June in WLG. 

  • Primary/Intermediate workshop with Makaira Waugh and Rawiri Hindle, and launch of the new Poutokomanawa resource: Te Koha a Tāne

  • The secondary workshop is a Q&A session on the RAS with Matt Stenbo


Chamber Music NZ: Bird Like Men - A multimedia performance weaving together taonga pūoro, waiata, karakia and pūrākau (storytelling), partnered with cello and double bass. Major and minor centers in May-July. 


Student opportunities

$500 student scholarships to attend an Artist Development experience 16 July. A range of industry speakers and a chance to perform. 

Young Jazz Band-It competition update. 

Free Song-writing workshop in AKL. Sat 18th June. 

Bay of Plenty Symphonia Rising Star competition is open!



Violin in AKL


Looking for work

Range of instruments and groups between Coromandel and AKL. 


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