Belinda is a passionate advocate for Arts Education particularly focusing on the right for every child to be able to have access to the tools to express themselves and tell their stories. Belinda grew up in a theatre in Dunedin surrounded by creative people and has been immersed in the Arts all her life. Performing in theatre and TV as a child, she went on to study music in Wellington and Australia. She a professional bassoon player, and recorder player, she is still actively involved in performance. She has been a leader in many innovative performing arts and community arts events both in NZ and Australia.
In education she has been an HOD Drama, taught outreach at Teachers College, HOF Arts at Wellington High School and Makoura College. She is currently the HOD Music at Wairarapa College where she runs a lively and thriving department, while spending one day a week as National Secondary Music Kaiarahi for MENZA.
Mark Baynes is a jazz pianist with a contemporary leaning. Mark’s doctoral research has provided an analytical lexicon that can be used to understand music in terms of what is defined as consonance and dissonance found in western music as a whole. Although informed by academia, Mark is primarily a performer, composer and accompanist residing in Auckland, New Zealand. Mark is a presenter of 95bFM’s The Jazz Show, and writes the X-Factory column for NZMusician Magazine.
Mark has enjoyed working with acts such as NZ hip hop artist King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Andy Vargas USA (Santana), Tim and Neil Finn, The Mint Chicks, Clay Jenkins (USA), Mark Kramer (USA), Tony Christie (UK), Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, Batucada Sound Machine, Bella Kalolo, APO and the Topp Twins. Mark worked for eighteen months in the Middle East as a musical director; a pianist/MD for ProShip (Canada) for two years; and has released two albums under the pseudonym of Ironic Trio (available on iTunes), and a producer and pianist of Henrique Morales’ debut studio album (2016), a collaboration between Brazilian and New Zealand musicians, sung by Morales and written by Fernando Corona.
Mark has collaborated on several highly successful projects including contributing to King Kapisi’s latest album release, and co-writing Sunshine, a soon-to-be released single/video. One of the tracks on this album (Crush) won the best video category at the Pacific Music Awards 2014.
In 2008 Mark was awarded the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize (Victoria University) and the Sir Alan Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship (Massey University) enabling him to pursue postgraduate study. Mark has studied under Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music. Mark currently works as a Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer of the Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand / Southern Institute of Technology.
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.
Opeloge is the HOD Music at Abundant Life School Kaitaia. He has worked as a conductor and music director with the Auckland Wind Orchestra, The Manukau Symphony, The Masque Vocal Ensemble, NZ Symphony Orchestra, Coca Cola Christmas in the Park choirs & has written many commissioned works as a freelance composer. Other professional experiences include being a judge at the ASB Polyfest, Vodafone Pacific NZ Music Awards and has performed as a pianist for HRH Highness Princess Anne and HRH Tupua Tamasese.
Opeloge has recently moved to Kaitaia with his family & has recently submitted for his PhD in Music Composition through the University of Victoria where he studied with John Psathas and Brian Diettrich, exploring Musical Identity in Music Composition and Performance. Opeloge is the creative director and creator of the Kaitaia Music Festival since 2017.
Nelson-based Kath Bee has been part of the fabric of childrens singing in New Zealand for many years. Children have grown up singing my songs, ‘Individuality’, ‘Dad I wanna be a Camel’, ‘Seasons’, ‘Dragons Under My Bed’ and many more. Her passion is writing songs for children that will inspire them to feel a spark, a connection and an affinity with the lyrics. Her songs resonate with children from all walks of life, especially those who don’t fit inside the box’ and her music is unique because it appeals to all ages – even parents! Kath has performed nationwide as a children’s entertainer for many years – fairs, festivals & birthday parties, teddy bear’s picnics, children’s day and other events, in schools and ECC’s. You name it, she’s played there!
Selena is Kaitautoko Matauranga (Education Support) person for Far North REAP in KaitaiaSelena supporting the 37 Schools in the Far North from Primary through to Secondary.She has a background in Primary teaching (bilingual instruction) and is a MENZA Board Member. A current performer of Muriwhenua Kapa Haka and specialises in culturally responsive pedagogy, Maori Waiata, Ukulele and Maori Performing Arts.
My name is Fionn Murphy. I am the teacher in charge of music at Otamatea High School in Maungaturoto, Northland where I have worked since mid 2016. After five years of study I graduated from the University of Otago in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music, a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Music Research, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. I’m from Takaka in Golden Bay originally, and I currently live in Whangarei. In my spare time I play bass for Northland wedding band veterans of 14 years Kurfew.
Jody Keehan has been teaching music and movement and involved in Musical Parenting since 2003. She plays saxophone, clarinet and sings. Jody completed her Diploma IRMT in Early Childhood Music in 2007 and became an Associate of IRMT in 2013.
David Lines is Associate Professor in Music Education at the University of Auckland. He has taught at primary, intermediate and secondary levels and also teacher trainees at the Auckland College of Education and was previously NZSME chair of the Auckland branch. David performs regularly in jazz and pop bands on keyboard. He has conducted school choirs and written several school musicals. He is editor and co-author of Intersecting Cultures in Music and Dance Education (Springer, 2016). In additional to his practical teaching, he is interested in research in early childhood, community music, music philosophy and improvisation pedagogy. David was on the initial professional development team for the Arts in the curriculum. This workshop pulls together recent ideas that are designed to help music education become more accessible and approachable in the junior levels.
Jeni Little has been a classroom music teacher for 31 years – teaching all ages from ECE to tertiary and community groups. She teaches at Green Bay High School in West Auckland, directs a community choir called Local Vocals, and directs and performs with M*Lasses – a vocal trio. She also composes original music, writes educational resources, and is the current chair of MENZA. She is passionate about Music Education and the absolute importance of Arts Education in our society. Jeni suffers from obsessive creative disorder and does regular fibre & music therapy to stay sane.
Sarah Marra is a Bachelor of Music graduate of the Christchurch Jazz School majoring in Vocal Performance and Arranging/Composition. She has more than 10 years of experience working as a private vocal tutor to primary and secondary aged students and as a choir director. Sarah has also worked for 10 years as an Early Intervention Music Specialist at The Champion Centre. Sarah performs regularly around Christchurch as the singer of a few professional bands.
For over 30 years, Karen has applied her proficiency as a musician and experience as an educator to bring music into the lives of children and adults. With a Master of Music Degree (UNSW), a B.A. Honours Music Degree (USYD) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Music), Karen’s career has included working both within Australia and abroad in Europe as a choral/orchestral conductor, a class music teacher and flute player/teacher.
Karen is the author of one of Australia’s most popular and enduring flute teaching methods – “The Young Flute Player”. More recently Karen has released a booklet of “Fun & Games” for instrumental lessons, together with a series of music card games for a variety of instruments. Karen’s teaching career has included working in government and private schools at both primary and secondary levels, including 7 years as Director of Music at Sydney Grammar (Edgecliff) School.
Karen is also experienced as a lecturer, adjudicator and examiner, and has run workshops for teachers as well as performance masterclasses for HSC students. She is currently working with primary age students in Sydney, and in 2019 will present at several conferences including the Australian Society for Music Education Conference in Perth, the Australian Piano and Pedagogy Conference in Brisbane, and the Australian Flute Festival in Sydney.
Judith Bell is a music specialist at Chisnallwood Intermediate School. At Chisnallwood School organises out-of-class groups such as jazz bands, and rock bands, orchestra, Irish, marimba and ukulele groups, specialist instrumental lessons, and runs courses on computer music and sound tech training. Outside school she performs in Sideline Swing and the Christchurch All Girl Big Band. Judith co-directs two annual festivals in Christchurch with Celia Stewart; the Strum Strike and Blow Festival and the Big Band Festival. She is co-chair of Music Education Canterbury, a MusicEdNet mentor, and a board member of Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA). She has presented at International conferences in Lithuania, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Australia and Slovenia. Her most recent presentations have been on teaching theory using games, digital technology and computational thinking and on jazz teaching.
Callum is the CEO and Founder of Discholars, an organisation which specialises in music tuition for digital and electronic instruments. He is completing his Masters of Creative Enterprise at Massey University, and is based in Wellington.
Jeremy Hantler is a Tauranga-based, Christchurch-born music educator who teaches music at Matua Primary and Otumoetai College, and runs workshops and bands in the weekends and evenings. He has travelled extensively to attend intercultural music and teaching workshops in Estonia, Sweden, Salzburg, and France, and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom context. Jeremy still delights in simple melodies sung and played by our youngest musicians, and values the process and benefits of making meaningful music on the way to making aesthetically pleasing music.
Tim Carson is a AP & Year 5/6 teacher at Holy Cross School, Wellington and former Director of Performing Arts at Dilworth Junior Campus Auckland.
He moved to Wellington in 2017 to become part of the Holy Cross community. He has worked in a variety of schools in the UK and NZ and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. He is passionate about music education and is always looking for opportunities to enhance students’ learning using digital technologies. I enjoy fish and chips on Fridays and roast on Sundays.
Emma Chatterton holds an MA in Music from the University of Cambridge where she studied on a full scholarship. Emma is a fully trained and qualified secondary teacher who has focussed her career on the development of music education programmes and curriculum at primary and preschool level. After graduating she worked at St John’s College School in Cambridge, a music specialist school for pupils aged 5-13. Emma is the founder and director of the newly-established Chilton Preschool Music Centre in Lower Hutt and formerly the Assistant Director of Music of St. Kentigern Boys’ School. Emma is a concert pianist, cellist and singer, mother of three young children under five and an amateur netball player.
Beth Cohen graduated in music from Brandeis University and earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Wisconsin (USA) She worked for over 30 years throughout the New York metropolitan area where she gained a reputation as an enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated educator and conductor. Beth made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Manhattan Philharmonic and subsequently conducted the New American Chamber Orchestra, the InterSchools Orchestras of New York and the Stevens University Orchestra. Since emigrating to New Zealand Beth has conducted the Christchurch School of Music, Camerata Strings and ISO Orchestras, the Canterbury Regional Schools Orchestra, Resonance Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia outreach, and was an orchestra adjudicator of the KBB Music Festival. She currently serves as conductor of the Christchurch’s Garden City Orchestra and Auckland’s Victorious March Band. Beth will be guest conducting the Dunedin Youth Orchestra and St Michael’s Orchestra in 2020.
Described by critics as “jaw-dropping, her mastery and her lovely instrument defying any other description,” “sonic fireworks that dazzled all with their brilliance” and “an empathetic and expressive performer,” Cathy Irons performs concerts from baroque and classical to contemporary and jazz throughout New Zealand and abroad. Cathy is a vibrant and dynamic performer passionate about music, sharing it with others and connecting with her audience. She enjoys collaborating with musicians, artists, dancers and composers, is a first violinist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Community Engagement Programme Leader.
Peter Lee has been involved in music education and technology for over 20 years, and is one of the original authors of Auralia and Musition. He has worked extensively in the USA, UK and Australia, consulting with instructors and students to identify appropriate technology for modern music courses.
Millie has been a teacher of music in a wide range of settings (school, studio community, tertiary). The Orff approach to music education with its focus on ‘music education for all’ and its inherent challenge to music educators to contextualise its principles and processes has been a focus of both her practical work and her research interests. She is currently a lecturer in Music Education at the School of Music, University of Auckland
Deb Ferrier-Kerr works in Wellington as a classroom teacher three days a week, and a music specialist for two days. She is a Kaiarahi for Music Education in New Zealand both Primary and Early Childhood, a Registered Music Teacher Early Childhood and works to support teachers to deliver music in the schools.
New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.
He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few. Rodger has promoted live concerts with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Concert 1997 & 1999 and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.
Helen Murray has been teaching music for more than 20 years as a Registered Early Childhood Music Teacher with a Diploma of Teaching. She teaches Preschool Music and Movement, a primary school percussion ensemble, primary school classroom curriculum music and music classes for children with disabilities.
With her Dutch/West Indian background, Sacha was surrounded by music from an early age. Her talent was discovered at the age of 16 when she was awarded Best Vocalist at the New Zealand Jazz Festival. Since then she has been making her presence known, performing at some of the best music festivals nationwide. Sacha has also opened for the likes of Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith and Harbour City Electric. Sacha Vee is also becoming known for her high profile collaborations with the likes of Devin Abrams on his latest Pacific Heights album ‘In a Quiet Storm’, Benny Tones on his recent album release ‘Chrysalis’ and one of NZ’s up and coming hiphop mcees JDubs on his debut album release’ The Keynotes’. As well as her collaborations Sacha Vee is also the lead singer of a chch based 7-peice funk band Oval Office which has sold out numerous New Zealand Jazz festivals and concerts.
2011 saw the release of her debut self-titled EP featuring the single ‘Patience’ which was rated no.1 on the Christchurch Bnet station RDU for several weeks. The EP was celebrated by a successful New Zealand wide tour. Co-produced by Sacha Vee herself and Oakley Grenell, the album is deep, soulful, and full of catchy choruses that could lend themselves easily into a potential hiphop remix. While the essence of her neo-soul style stays the same, her sound ranges from the cheeky sassy lines of ‘Trouble’, to the mellow grooves of ‘Honey Bee’ and the powerful attitude in ‘Wanna Rely’. With raved reviews and tremendous feedback, from her live performances, Sacha Vee’s determination to become one of New Zealand’s predominant vocalists is a dream in the making.
Jaroslav Novak is a musician and music educator from Dunedin. He is the Director and co-founder of Music Ecademy, an online learning resource that teaches music theory and aural skills.
Jaroslav is passionate about helping students learn music theory and created Music Ecademy while teaching music in order to make learning theory more engaging for students and to help teachers. Music Ecademy is now used by thousands of students across New Zealand, Australia, and around the world.
Jaroslav holds degrees in music and commerce from the University of Otago. He has a keen interest in innovative technology and its application in music education, having completed his Master’s thesis on the application of E-Learning and online software. He also holds a Fellowship Diploma in piano performance from the St. Cecilia School of Music and studied orchestral conducting at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts.
Christchurch bassoonist, saxophonist and conductor, Helen Renaud has been the HOD of Music at Burnside High School, where she now works part time. She studied bassoon at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, and Music History at the University of Victoria, before receiving her teaching qualification. In 2009 she graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Melbourne, where she focused on conducting. It was here that she was taught by the late Professor John Hopkins OBE, and Richard Gill OAM. In 2018 Helen graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Doctorate in Musical Arts, looking at rehearsal techniques for high school and youth ensembles. Helen was appointed to the roll of Conductor of the UC, Christchurch Youth Orchestra in 2016. She also conducts the Burnside High School Orchestra and Junior Concert band, and is a free-lance conductor around Christchurch. Helen also plays baritone saxophone with the All Girl Big Band, where she is one of the founding members.
Mathew Stenbo, MusBHons, GradDipTeach(secondary), MEdLeadership, was the Director of Music at Avondale College from 2010 until 2019. He has conducted the college orchestra, big band, junior band, 9 major musicals, was the inaugural MD of the West City Concert band and has experience in growing and developing young bands and music programmes. In his time as a Head of Music Mathew has also taken an interest in the policy around the itinerant teaching role, and is an advocate for ITM rights and responsibilities. He has been the Deputy Chair of MENZA since 2018. In October 2019 Mathew leaves his position at Avondale College to begin working for the Ministry of Education.
Celia is Music Director of the Christchurch School of Music where she also runs foundation music classes for preschoolers and junior school students. She works as a music specialist in primary schools, and is co-director of a children’s music festival, Strum, Strike and Blow. She is a regular presenter of workshops in early childhood and primary music education throughout NZ.
Linda Webb MNZM: I have extensive experience in education that includes teaching in a range of settings as a classroom generalist, music specialist and researcher in primary schools and special education, pre-service teacher education, and the wider community.
Governance roles have included chairing Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA), NZSSC, and the inaugural NZSM MMus Therapy post graduate programme external Advisory Board. Currently I am President and interim Chair for the Music Therapy New Zealand Council (MThNZ), and a Board member for Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand (CANZ). I am also the national representative for MENZA on the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Council of Professional Associations, and a member of the MENZA Advocacy working group.
Chris Cox, aka Frank Booker, is a DJ, producer, music consultant, educator and Ableton Live certified trainer. Producing & performing under the alias, Frank Booker, he has released music on labels from Japan, United Kingdom, and America, and toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Australasia. He has performed alongside the likes of Moodymann, DJ Harvey, Hunee, Gilles Peterson and was the DJ of choice at a private event for Prince in 2016 during his New Zealand tour. An Ableton Live user since 2008, Chris has been Programme Leader in DJ & Electronic Music Production at the Music & Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) since 2014. He specialises in the areas of drum programming, sampling, live performance as well as mentoring for aspiring artists & producers.
Martin Emo is an education researcher, music technology trainer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and PHD candidate. His journey of education has seen him teach in High Schools around NZ, train teachers in Nicaragua, design professional development for teachers, to being a guest educator at Ableton’s Loop conference in Los Angeles.
The recipient of a Victoria University Chancellor’s Doctoral scholarship, he is currently working on his PHD investigating effective professional development and engagement for high school teachers in Music technology. Martin is a member of the board of Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa and holds a number of mentor and facilitator positions including with the NZ Ministry of Education, NZ Qualifications Authority, EDnet Australasia, Midnight Music Worldwide and through his own website. He fuses his classical musicology degree and teaching background with being a Vinyl DJ, Digital Musician and striving to support student to be musically creative in schools.
Duncan & Ginnie have worked together for seven years and have worked on multiple projects in the arts including 14 productions, jazz clubs, student tours and festivals. Our most recent project over the last two years is to develop rich learning opportunities that engage students and teach the collaborative skills required by artists in today’s world.
Ginnie teaches performing arts to years 0-11 and Duncan is the Head of Music at St Andrew’s College.
Robyn Trinick is a primary and early childhood music educator at the University of Auckland. As well as ‘music for music’s sake’, I am interested in the contribution that music makes to a broad range of learning areas, particularly from a socio-cultural perspective. My masters work focused on music’s role in supporting language development. My work with the Sistema Aotearoa programme running in Otara, and involvement with the Woolf Fisher Research Centre has strengthened my community connections and offers an exciting national and international trajectory for further research.
Over recent years, I have worked extensively with international adult students from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and USA. Although not Māori, I have strong family ties to Te Whanau-a-Apanui and have a basic knowledge of Te Reo Māori and Tīkanga Māori. She also has a role as MENZA kaiarāhi music.
Kimberley Wade is the founder and owner of Southern Music Therapy (SMT) which is a specialised music therapy service in Canterbury. SMT is dedicated in providing a quality music therapy service were they match the therapist to the client where possible. They provide individual, group, consultative and workshop sessions in Canterbury and beyond. Kimberley has a background in psychology and has worked as a Registered Music Therapist for 12 years. She has completed further training in vocal psychotherapy and neurologic music therapy. Kimberley predominately works with clients who have either rehabilitation, or long term neurological conditions. She uses a person-centred approach, drawing on neurological and psychodynamic frameworks. Kimberley has a particular interest in vocal work, and enjoys helping people ‘find their voice’. She is also the leader of the Cantabrainers Choir, in Christchurch, which is a choir for people with neurological issues.
Jenny Lee is a Registered music therapist for Southern Music Therapy. She completed her Masters in Music Therapy training in Wellington in 2007. Since then she has been working as a music therapist, both in New Zealand and Singapore, mainly with children and adults with Neuro-disability. She received further training in Neurology Music Therapy, and the FloorTime Approach Training for children with autism. She has a key interest in improvisation and neuroscience. She is fascinated by the phenomenon when one’s sense of self is awakened, through the ‘aha’ moment during a clinical improvisation, and its impact to the wellbeing of the individual.
Caroline Zeeman has been teaching in the community and at different schools for the last 20 years. At the moment she is an itinerant music teacher at Onewhero Area School. She teaches the guitar, ukulele, recorder and flute. Caro is passionate about community music making and runs different ukulele groups in the Franklin Area. She also writes music resources for C-Change with Clare McCormack. She is a regular ECE workshop presenter for ONZA. She loves playing, writing and recording songs for the ukulele band ‘North of Bombay’.
Julie Wylie MNZM lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1992 she founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association and she is the founder of the musical play programme at the Champion Centre, Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, where she is the senior music specialist.
Julie has been invited to present music workshops and papers in many countries, including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. She has received awards for her music leadership and music resources. Julie was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her pioneering work in Musical Play Therapy.
Julie has her own music school for parents, babies and children aged 0-8 years, and is co-director of a Postgraduate online training programme in Play Therapy and Musical Play. Julie is currently involved in a research project at the Champion Centre, with mothers and their prematurely born infants.
Francine Werry is music specialist at a large Auckland Primary School. She is a multi-instrumentalist with a particular interest in the use of music technology in education.
Ko Te Atiawa te iwi,
Ko Puketapu te hapū,
Ko Makaira Waugh taku ingoa.
I am fortunate to enjoy a role as kaiako puoro at Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori in Te Whanganui a Tara, where I teach a music and movement programme based on the wonderful Orff approach. My mahi is about empowering learners whatever their perceived ability, and making learning rich and fun. Come and play!