October 7 - 9

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Music'19 - Remix

On behalf of Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa, we warmly invite you to join us at Music’19, “REMiX”, a music education conference in Christchurch from 7-9 October 2019.

We are looking forward to hosting three days of learning, networking and inspiration in a city that is slowly recovering from the devastating earthquakes of 8 years ago. We are looking forward to showing you some of the exciting developments in our beautiful city. Most of the conference will be at the beautiful new state of the art  Tūranga Central Library.

This conference will provide an array of professional development opportunities in music for early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and community music educators.

The programme will include four keynote speakers and a wide range of workshop choices that will ensure there is something for everyone These high quality workshops will be led by some of New Zealand’s most inspiring music educators.


The Venues

Tūranga Library & Christchurch Arts Centre

Tūranga Library

Tūranga Library

Christchurch Arts Centre

Christchurch Arts Centre

The Venues


Dr James Humberstone, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Dr James Humberstone, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

James Humberstone is senior lecturer in music education at the University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a composer, producer, music educator, technologist, and musicologist, he publishes and practices in a wide range of fields. Recent compositional outputs include Noise Husbandry, an electro-acoustic installation on board a battleship and submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Sydney’s Darling Harbour,

The Weight of Light, a song cycle for prepared piano and voice, and Odysseus : Live, a collaborative retelling of Homer’s classic in spoken word poetry, Hip-Hop, cinematography, orchestrated for choir and orchestra. The latter creative project reflects the change in Humberstone’s traditional research focus over the past 5 years, in which data collected from his popular free online course

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education has allowed him to contribute to current work internationally on the disparity between childrens’ interest in their own musical cultures and the stagnating status of formal music education.

Katie Wardrobe

Katie Wardrobe

Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music
Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping music teachers through her business Midnight Music (www.midnightmusic.com.au). She runs hands-on workshops, presents regularly at conferences in Australia and overseas and she offers online training and support to music teachers all over the world through her music technology professional development online community – the Midnight Music Community. Her workshops and courses focus on incorporating technology into the music curriculum through a range of creative projects.  Katie has been Keynote speaker at the Australian Society for Music Education National Conference and the Music Education New Zealand National Conference.

Katie is the author of the keyboard and technology program for middle school students titled Studio Sessions (published by MusicEDU).  She is known as an expert in the practical integration of iPads in music education and in 2014 published iPad Projects for the Music Classroom – a collection of step-by-step creative projects for primary and middle-school students.  In the Midnight Music Community – an online professional development learning space especially for music teachers using technology – was launched in 2016 and has more than 500 members from around the world.  Katie is also the host of the Music Tech Teacher podcast which was launched in early 2017.

Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson

Asking better questions – As artists, practitioners, innovators and educators we are constantly needing to question our own practice in order to have the best outcomes for our students enabling them to be musicians in the current world.

Duncan will share stories from his own practice, reflect on global development and current ideas in education to help each of us ask ourselves better questions and connect with the broad range of students we work with.


Duncan has been teaching for 18 years, with the last ten years at St Andrew’s College. His focus over the past seven years has been to develop music programmes that are accessible to all kinds of students interested in a wide range of music genres.

He is best known as the creative force behind Learning Ideas Ltd. He produces aural, theory and music technology ‘flipped classroom’ resources that have been used in schools since 2003. Just about every school in the country uses his resources.

He is also a resource writer, marker and moderator for NZQA.

Duncan has music degrees from the University of Canterbury and Ara Institute of Technology and has many years experience in New Zealand and overseas as a Jazz Double Bass player.

Henare “H” Kaa

Henare “H” Kaa

Henare “H” Kaa is a professional musician (drums, vocals) based in Christchurch, New Zealand. As a professional touring drummer, Henare has performed multiple professional international engagements, including arts festival and cruise contracts in a multitude of countries. In particular, this has included performing headline shows with Ben Waters and Friends at the Hungerford Arts Festival in the United Kingdom.

Henare has also performed the length and breadth of New Zealand with some of Aotearoa’s most prominent talent as a highly sought-after session drummer, in addition to a host of international touring acts. Specifically, Henare has performed and recorded as part of the core line-up of original bands ahoribuzz from 2012-14 and Soulsystem from 2010-17. Henare has also worked extensively as a recording studio session musician (drums, vocals). His vocal prowess has also seen him performing at major public events and national radio and television broadcasts, including Christmas In The Park and Sparks In The Park, as well as singing the national anthem at the Super Rugby Grand Final 2012.

Henare is currently performing with Dillastrate (an original neosoul/pop act) and a wide variety of commercial music acts. Henare is also a full-time music teacher at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch, as well as providing music tuition services (drums, vocals, music theory) for a variety of clients.



Workshop Submission

This has closed for 2019. Thanks to all those that submitted this year!



Sunday Oct 6th 7-9pm

Welcome event over drinks with early registration


  • 8:15am Registration
  • 9:00am Keynote
  • 10:00am Morning Tea
  • 10:30am Workshop 1
  • 12:00pm Lunch and trade and performances
  • 1:30pm Workshop 2
  • 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3:30pm Special sessions
  • 7:00pm Concert: Percussion Justin DeHart (U of C) or Music movie premiere


  • 9:00am Keynote
  • 10am Morning Tea
  • 10:30am Workshop 3
  • 12:00pm Lunch and trade and performances
  • 1:30pm Workshop 4
  • 3:00pm Afternoon tea
  • 3:30pm Workshop 5
  • 6:00pm Conference Dinner (Distinction Hotel)


  • 9:00am Keynote
  • 10:00am Morning Tea
  • 10:30am Workshop 6
  • 12:00pm lunch and trade and performances
  • 1:30pm Keynote 4
  • 2.30pm afternoon tea
  • 5pm Performance workshop Wed at UC


These are just suggestions - they are all in walking distance of the venues


Approx. cost per night
Distinction Hotel
14 Cathedral Square
4 star King Rooms to Suites
Novotel Hotel
52 Cathedral Square
4 star Double rooms to suites
Crown Plaza
764 Colombo Street
4.5 star rating Modern hotel rooms


Approx. cost per night
City Centre Motel
876 Colombo St
Studio to 2-bedroom apartment
Focus Motel
344 Durham St
Compact studio to penthouse
Colombo in the City
863 Colombo St
Studio to 2 bedroom apartment


Approx. cost per night
12 Hereford St
Backpacker dorms to Deluxe private rooms
273 Manchester St
Single rooms to 8-bed dorms
36 Hereford St
Single with ensuite to mutli-share

Travel Subsidies

Thanks to Networks of Expertise funding we are able to provide subsidised air travel (to a maximum of $500) for 20 applicants. Preference will be given to educators from the more remote regions, teachers in their early years of teaching and those working predominantly with Maori and Pasifika learners. Please fill in the Travel Subsidies form by 30 May and you will be notified by the end of April. If you are successful you will need to book your flights and send your receipts through for reimbursement.


Celia Stewart celia@xtra.co.nz 027-5299000

Judith Bell bell.judith@gmail.com 027-2322912