Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1 Monday 7 October 10.30am-12.00pm

  1. Early Childhood: Musical Play in Action
    Presenters: Jody Keehan, Helen Murray
    Be ready to sing, dance, play and have fun with Helen and Jody. Learn about music the way pre-schoolers do, through musical play in action. We’ll use the parachute, rainbow ring, untuned percussion, action songs, dance and story books to show the pedagogy of Julie Wylie’s Musical Play philosophy.
  2. Early Childhood/ Primary: Kids You’re OK
    Presenters: Kath Bee, Martin Emo
    Award-winning children’s songwriter and performer Kath Bee shares her philosophy of wanting kids to know they’re normal in all of her songs. This workshop will include ways to lead assembly, choir, and classroom singing aimed at Early Childhood, Primary and Intermediate students. Links will also be made to curriculum such as the enviro schools program. You will be invited to participate with your body and voice at some stages to see and experience what your classroom could be like. You will leave this workshop with a number of resources to facilitate music making in your classroom.
  3. Primary: More Than Just a Song
    Presenters: Robyn Trinick, Judy Inkster
    This workshop explores a range of learning possibilities that can be generated from ‘song’ as a starting point. Particular songs will provide a context for developing music skills and understandings, key competencies and cross-curricular links.
  4. Intermediate/ Secondary: Hook Theory
    Presenter: Fionn Murphy
    In my short four and a half years of teaching music I have attended many fantastic courses and PLD throughout NZ which have been incredibly valuable. Throughout that time I have only heard presenters mention Hooktheory (or Hookpad) in passing. This is a web based program that approaches melody and harmony construction in a simple and intuitive way. I use it in all of my music classes from Year 7 – 13 for a large variety of different things from teaching juniors compositional techniques to having seniors transcribe and create “Hooktheory versions” of songs, allowing them to work on their harmonic analysis and their aural skills in a holistic and engaging way. I strongly believe that a workshop of the many applications of Hooktheory in the music classroom will be valuable to many music teachers around the country. *Ideal if you can bring your own laptop.
  5. Secondary: Itinerant Programmes
    Presenter: Mathew Stenbo
    Information for Heads of Department, Classroom teachers and Itinerant teachers. What are your obligations as an itinerant music teacher? What are your rights? What can schools ask of itinerant teachers? Discussing the policy around the itinerant teacher role. Presenting an update of the Itinerant Teachers Procedures handbook along with some handy tools such as calculators to see how many ITM hours schools are entitled to, hourly rates for ITMs being paid on contract, job security and registration LAT questions and answers.
  6. General: Break it Down
    Presenter: David Lines
    Experiences in popular and contemporary music are extremely important for children and youth as they chime directly with the music cultures they hear and resonate with on a daily basis. This workshop breaks down the essential music skills in a contemporary popular music environment. The focus is on access and opportunity. Music activities need to be accessible and relevant to what they are hearing and taking in. Skills and knowledge lead to further opportunities in music. I present a series of activities I have been working on for some years now, aimed at making a particular series of skills and experiences accessible. Experiences are broken down into manageable activities in (i) voice (ii) improvisation/creativity (iii) sound exploration (iv) rhythmic groove (v) moving tonality (vi) embodiment. Some activities are related to Orff/Kodaly/Dalcroze/Musical Futures and general primary musicianship activities, but collectively they are different from those methods. Workshop participants will be encouraged to consider the framework presented and then devise their own activities for their own classrooms. There are no restrictions and the emphasis is on non-threatening group participation and fun.
  7. General: Simple Music Tech Lessons For All Devices (Using Free Resources!)
    Presenter: Katie Wardrobe
    Discover a series of engaging music tech lesson plans that use popular FREE music websites. We’ll look at meaningful ways in which you can use these tech resources for songwriting, composing video game music, listening, analysis, simple composition tasks, performing, studying musical form, learning about instruments and assessing students.  The lessons and activities are VERY adaptable and will work for students in years 2 to year 9. The focus of this workshop is to demonstrate simple ideas for incorporating technology into what you already do in class. Learn how you can seamlessly weave technology into lessons to enhance your current activities, differentiate learning and create digital portfolios. Technophobes are welcome!
  8. General: Music, the Brain and Music Therapy. 
    Presenter:
    Kimberley Wade
    A presentation and workshop about music therapy by two music therapists based in Christchurch. Music Therapy: what it is, how to become a music therapist, what it looks like in New Zealand, and specifically Christchurch. Followed by some clinical examples of Music Therapy work from Southern Music Therapy, including individuals who have neurological conditions and the Cantabrainers Choir this will be intertwined with some music making and improvisation activities.

Workshop 2 Monday 7 October 1.30pm – 3.00pm

  1. Early Childhood Using stories to promote music learning
    Presenter: Celia Stewart
    Throughout history, humans have communicated through the Arts such as storytelling, music and dance and have integrated art forms in many combinations in order to express and share ideas.When adults read or tell stories to them, children love to be part of the story and, through this active involvement, they will be more engaged and have higher levels of focus. Play is the natural learning medium for young children so it is vital that we facilitate playful arts experiences. In this workshop participants will explore the many ways stories can be used to promote music learning.
  2. Early Childhood/ Primary: Ukulele with Manu
    Presenter: Caroline Zeeman
    An interactive ukulele workshop based on Orff Schulwerk aimed at very young children (5-7 years) who have just begun learning to play the ukulele. The workshop works with four simple chords and explores different ways of using the ukulele in stories, rhymes and speech. It also invites the students to come up with their own ideas and compositions. A very playful, imaginative and fun approach to learning an instrument for the first time
  3. Primary Music:The Curriculum, Skills, and Elements
    Presenter: Deb Ferrier-Kerr
    We will look at the 4 strands in the NZ Primary Music Curriculum and unpack them  for primary teachers using the skills to explore the elements, giving a range of practical examples that illustrate this. This workshop gives teachers examples of where to start and how to build on ideas within the primary school system.
  4. Primary/ Intermediate: Kapahaka 101
    Presenter: Selena Bercic
    Learn the basics categories of Kapa Haka in poi, haka, waiata-a-ringa and moteatea.
    A practical workshop to learn some basic skills.
  5. Secondary: Logical progressions through the digital looking glass
    Presenters: Martin Emo and Chris Cox
    The secondary classroom is changing. An increasing number of students are using digital music making tools such as launchads, loopers and software to create and perform music. It’s a giant leap from inputting notes in Sibelius to performing with a laptop on stage. Martin Emo will begin with connecting the changes to curriculum, with basic overviews of the concepts and tools. This will be followed by Chris Cox, SAE and Ableton Certified trainer who will provide an overview of Ableton Live. NOTE: This workshop will be followed by a hands-on experience for any conference delegate.
  6. Community: The Truth about Music – community, commodity, and culture.
    Presenter: Jeni Little
    Some provocative discussion about the current state of music education and the dominance of Western European Art Music in that space…things I have learned about music through 31 years of classroom teaching and an extended period of total immersion in traditional Cook Island music. Sound before symbol? Could/should we disrupt the music education “map”? What is music? What musical future are we preparing our students for? Are we meeting their needs and the needs of our society?
  7. General: Curiosity Harnessed
    Presenter: Cathy Irons
    This session will explore how curiosity can fuel your practise, covering tips and techniques to progress your music to the next level, to reach a convincing, personal and mature performance. The workshop culminates in interactive improvisational group activities, where attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate; any ability welcome. Through discussion and improvisation, both music teachers and performers will gain a deeper understanding of creativity and the intention behind a musical performance.
  8. General: Fun and Games for Instrumental Teachers
    Presenter: Karen North
    Are you looking for new ideas for your Beginner to Grade 3 instrumental students? Or seeking inspiration for fun ways to teach note reading, fingering, aural skills or breath control? Come and enrich your teaching resources with activities and games for instrumental lessons (some of the games are also applicable to class music teaching). We all know how important it is for our young students to spend time on fundamentals such as hand positions and scales, but often they’re more interested in just playing pieces! Games are a great way to teach essentials – not only are games enjoyable for students and teachers, they have also been shown to lead to improved learning outcomes. This is an interactive workshop in which we will play and/or demonstrate games for instrumental lessons, including “Fixapic” (teaching hand positions), “B72 Blitz” (wind instruments breath control) and “Domino Fingering” (association between staff notation, letter names and fingerings). For those already familiar with Karen’s “Fun & Games” book, there will also be some new games such as “Enigma” (practice routines). Participants will leave with a plethora of ideas to expand their teaching strategies.

Special Session Monday 7 October 3.30pm – 5pm

  • Composition workshop with Reuben De Lautour (University of Canterbury – City Arts Centre Campus)
  • Tour of Tūranga
  • Ableton: hands-on bookable slots (booked at the conference)
  • Secondary: Inclusive Classrooms. Presenter: Belinda Carey. A kete of practical ideas to engage students and cater to diverse learning needs. Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou māhi, Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work. Many of the students who arrive in a secondary school classroom today have never had a specialist teacher and have no prior knowledge of curriculum learning in Music. This is our opportunity. How do we effectively cater for these students while also engaging the experienced and often gifted top end. Games, practical tasks, resources, integrated projects, group work, senior student tracking and mentoring, integrated NCEA standards and more.

Workshop 3 Tuesday 8 October 10.30am – 12.00pm

  1. Early Childhood: Exploring the elements of music through musical play
    Presenter: Julie Wylie
    Musical Play is the child’s first language and is a natural part of the life and culture of children. It opens up an imaginative, magical world of possibilities. Sensory musical play helps children to listen, express, feel, move and develop a strong sense of self in relation to others. It structures the moment helping children to make sense of their world. This workshop will offer many practical ideas about how to use props, instruments and natural materials to weave the elements of music into Musical Play to foster and inspire imagination, creativity and musicality and to help children pay attention, listen, anticipate, follow the musical form of clear beginning, middle and end, and to move and play in time.
  2. Primary: Birdsong
    Presenters: Robyn Trinick and Francine Werry
    This workshop explores music composition based on responses to bird calls and visual images of native NZ birds, using a range of electronic and acoustic sound sources. Content is based on children’s work that was presented at a Reading Recovery Institute Conference 2019.
  3. Primary: Ways into Improvisation and Composition
    Presenter: Millie Locke
    In this workshop we will look to the natural world as an at-hand potential source of stimulation and inspiration for musical improvisation and composition. Using natural objects as a starting place, participants will have the opportunity to translate perceived features of the object into sound. In this process musical concepts are explored, and understanding and knowledge of these enhanced. Sound sources for composition will include a range of found sounds, untuned and tuned percussion and whatever else is available at the time.
  4. Secondary: Updating the Bernstein Model
    Presenter: Beth Cohen
    Do we still have an obligation and mission to engage our students with classical music? If so, how do we modify the decades old model based on Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts? Drawing on research from her ongoing Doctoral thesis Beth will review the history, concepts and approaches to classical music outreach and while generating dialogue on issues concerning the current state of classical music education in Aotearoa.
  5. Secondary: Creating Momentum with Beginner Ensembles
    Presenter: Mathew Stenbo
    How to create an ensemble with any combination of instruments. How to build momentum and motivate students. Resources, tips and strategies.
  6. Community: The Importance of Identity in our Music
    Presenter: Opeloge Ah Sam
    In a Global world, having & understanding our own identities becomes a crucial aspect in both the learning progress of our students, and adds clarity to the way we conceptualise and deliver our curriculum. We exist and practice in a Social Imaginary where the lack of knowing our roots and understanding our place in the world, challenges our ability to get to the core of our artistic voices. How do we understand the context we exist within and the challenges we face? And how can we deliver our curriculum, with more meaningful music education more effectively? I believe part of that answer is in knowing and teaching our students to understand & express their own identities through music composition and develop the ability to instill that in their student and eventually professional and personal practices.
  7. General: Streamlining your Music Library
    Presenter: Katie Wardrobe
    Have you ever wondered whether it would be beneficial to transform your paper library into a digital one? During this session we’ll cover why you might want to digitise your scores, how to go about it and which apps, software and equipment you’ll need to do it. We’ll look at how to go from paper to PDF using a scanner or even the smartphone in your pocket. Discover which music apps to use to read scores on your device and how to take advantage of their inbuilt features: on-screen annotation, linking pages for ninja page turns, adding backing tracks, organising scores into set lists/groups/categories and hands-free page-turns. Explore software and app options that will automatically scan and transform scores so you can play them back, transpose or re-arrange them. We’ll also discuss the software and app options for notation, including the best choices teachers and students.
  8. General: Demystifying Jazz Ensemble and Improvisation
    Presenter: Rodger Fox
    This workshop will be targeted primarily at these two fundamental principles of Jazz playing. All Jazz Directors, aspiring Jazz Directors, students with an interest in musical leadership and music educators wanting to further develop this side of their music programme are encouraged to attend.

Workshop 4 Tuesday 8 October 1.30pm – 3.00pm

  • Early Childhood: The Neuro-science of Musical Play
    Presenter: Julie Wylie
    Music is a language of the emotions, which affects our mood. It can cause us to feel calm, or agitated and over-aroused. This workshops is designed to help participants understand how music works in relation to Dr Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model of the brain, why babies are “born musical” and able to take turns in musical conversations from birth, and how we can tune into the language of music to help regulate young children through Musical Play.
    Practical musical strategies will help participants to understand how to match children’s energy levels, how to use music for different developmental ages and stages, and how to build joyful, musical, regulated, relationship-based music interactions with children.
  • Primary: Developing musical experiences and knowledge for you and your  students.
    Presenter: Linda Webb
    Using an inquiry model to understand the musicality that you and your students already bring to the primary classroom as a starting point for new musical learning. Sharing ideas to further develop your musical learning experiences and knowledges through an integrated curriculum and specialist subject approach. Having explored the power of music as a creative learning tool in your classroom programme, discuss advocating for PLD to support you to do this.
  • Primary: Songs from Ranganui
    Presenter: Jeremy Hantler
    Create meaningful music in a classroom ensemble setting using material from the 2019 ONZA Marimba Festival. Attend this workshop to experience making great music that could be achieved in the primary school classroom using material that connects and engages NZ rangatahi. Numbers limited.
  • Secondary:  NCEA Panel – Karen Scott, Delysse Glynn, Martin Emo, Duncan Ferguson
    This is a panel discussion with: Delysse Glynn, the National Assessment Moderator, who is responsible for all internal standards in Music; and Karen Scott, the National Assessment Facilitator, who is responsible for the external exams. This will be co-chaired by Duncan Ferguson and Martin Emo. The workshop will also cover updates and changes to NCEA assessment and digital exams. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions to the two people ultimately responsible for assessment in Music, which has not ever occurred in this format before. You will be invited to ask questions prior to the event, as well as during the session.
  • General: Transform your productivity – How to use tech to survive and transform music teacher life
    Presenter:  Katie Wardrobe
    In this workshop, we’ll talk about all those little things that can make your life as a music teacher organised and stress-free (well, almost!). I’ll share some quick tips, productivity hacks and what’s working for me right now including how you can:
  • Manage ALL of those passwords without remembering a single one
  • Keep track of your to-do list and stay on top of tasks
  • Speed up the assessment process (and make it more engaging) recordings
  • Use procedures, checklists and templates as a kindness to your future self
  • Backup your important stuff
  • Check why a website is not loading
  • Work on documents with multiple people in different locations
  • Effectively save links and videos for easy reference
  • Learn, arrange and transcribe songs quickly
    Tech tools we will look at in this session include Lastpass, Asana, Google Docs, Anytune, Screenflow, Loom, Anytune, Audacity, Spotify, Pinterest and a series of handy websites I use in my everyday work life.

Workshop 5 Tuesday 8 October: 3.30am – 5.00pm

  1. Early Childhood: Why We sing: helping children to find their tuneful and expressive voices
    Presenter: Sarah Marra
    This workshop will help participants to develop musical strategies that help them gain confidence in their own singing, support children to listen, follow and sing musical sequences, sing tunefully, and create their own songs. A variety of pitch songs and games will be incorporated that help children to understand pitch in relation to their bodies.
  2. Primary : Waiata Maori and Ukulele
    Presenter: Selena Bercic
    Selena will teach tips and tricks to teach 5 year olds to 12 year olds beginner ukulele players – plus a look at the NZ Ukulele Festival music.
  3. Primary/ Intermediate: Try a smorgasbord of short tasty music lessons using unusual but easy to source ingredients
    Presenter: Judith Bell
    Tasty bites include: fun sorting network, a Scratch lesson, identity and heritage, attendance and assessment ideas.
  4. Intermediate/ Secondary: Music and Story – cross curriculum unit design between music and drama
    Presenters:  Ginnie Thorner and Duncan Ferguson
    Students need more than just skills based knowledge to be an artist. We will share some of our work in creating collaborative, curious, questioning student-artists through cross-disciplinary learning in drama and music. Although this work is centered in NCEA level 1 and 2, this could easily work from year 6 up.
  5. Secondary: Rehearsal and Curriculum
    Development. Presenter:  Helen Renaud
    School and youth orchestras provide a starting point for future professional players and amateur performers, offering a foundation for music learning and ensemble engagement. The challenges arising from being a conductor of a school or youth orchestra are numerous, complex, and not new to most music educators. A prevalent lack of regular training when taking on an orchestral leadership role has an impact on the ability to guide an ensemble with confidence and skill. This workshop investigates: establishing orchestral goals; programming repertoire; analysing and preparing scores; auditioning and arranging the ensemble; assigning leadership roles; planning and scheduling rehearsals; and rehearsal strategies.
  6. Community: SING! Hauora and Balance
    Presenter: Jeni Little
    A “get happy” practical session for singing eclectic songs from around the globe! Jeni believes that everyone can sing and that when we do sing together – we create a positive state of being. Singing together creates a “divine” state – resonating with others musically is good for the soul. Jeni will use her 25 years experience of leading community choirs to lead a group of people who have never sung together before – using songs from the Pacific, Africa, and the Baltic region to make your brain tingle in a harmonic sonic space of delicious vocal sounds.
  7. General: Bridging the Gap: Want a music career but don’t know where to start?
    Presenter: Sacha Vee
    Nowadays music managers, labels, radio and booking agents aren’t interested unless you are already an artist. You have to have your own specific marketable music vision, a high level of talent in singing, songwriting or production, have built a decent amount of followers online and most importantly, a huge amount of passion and motivation if you want to make it to the top.
    SOLE Music Academy recognises this change in the industry and is on a mission to equip every one of its students with the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve their goals. This will empower each student to move confidently, and independently into a future filled with successes. SOLE STANDS FOR ‘A SOURCE OF LEARNING AND EMPOWERMENT’. From our experience only the most dedicated people rise to the top. Once you embody the skills, the knowledge and manifest enough confidence to follow your dreams, you will start to gain the success you desire and in turn, meet the right people to help you succeed.

Workshop 6 Wed 9 October 10.30am – 12.00pm

  1. Early Childhood: The Musical Toolbox
    Presenter:  Emma Chatterton
    This workshop will help teachers think about how to plan and deliver meaningful music programmes in ECE centres using readily available resources and equipment. We will discuss effective ways to link literacy and numeracy skills to music teaching and think about how we build skills essential skills for life-long learning in our tamariki. Participants will have the chance to learn new games and activities, come prepared to join in!
  2. Primary:  Using rakau in creative dance
    Presenter:  Makaira Waugh
    Come and learn ways to explore creative movement using tī rākau (Māori stick games). We will take a new twist on the tradition, using these taonga in structured and free forms that will get your tamariki developing and expressing their own ideas and stories through this fun, hands-on medium. Nau mai e te tī, nau mai e te tā!
  3. Primary/ Intermediate:  Coding from Scratch
    Presenter:  Tim Carson
    Participants will use the online ‘Scratch’ coding platform to how explore how the elements of music can be expressed in code to create their own simple pieces of music.  Suitable for students from Year 5 – 8 and teachers of all music ability.
  4. Intermediate/ Secondary: Time saving ways to engage students with Auralia and Musition 6!
    Presenter: Peter Lee
    This session will show you how the new Auralia and Musition 6 can streamline your classroom, deliver quality instruction on any device, and increase student engagement.

    • Utilise thousands of new questions
    • Assign basic composition and creative tasks
    • New jazz and contemporary content
    • Integrate with your school LMS
  5. Secondary: Enabling Ableton
    Presenter: Callum Campbell
    In this workshop, participants will see an example of how electronic and digital instruments can be used to teach music to teenage students. Using the DAW Ableton Live, Callum demonstrates some simple concepts that are used in his one-on-one lessons and discusses the flow-on effects that can come from learning such technology at a young age. Callum speaks on behalf of his business Discholars, which is bringing electronic and digital instrument tuition to the itinerant teaching system in 2020.
  6. Secondary/ Tertiary: Consonance and dissonance – exploring the compositional possibilities
    Presenter: Mark Baynes
    How can we understand the diversity of consonance and dissonance from a teaching perspective? Can we use this understanding as a means to help prescribe tools to our students that use principles of Consonance and Dissonance that thwart and satisfy musical expectations? Can we use principles of David Huron’s book on Sweet Expectation to help students understand the principles of composition (repetition and innovation).
  7. General: How To Create Awesome Teaching Resources with Powerpoint or Keynote
    Presenter: Katie Wardrobe
    Have you ever wanted to create your own awesome teaching resources like sing-along lyric videos, instructional posters, bright colourful guitar or ukulele chord charts, games, worksheets and Kodaly or Orff resources (like all the ones you see on Teachers Pay Teachers…!). In this session we’ll look at how you can use software you already know (Powerpoint, Keynote or Google Slides) to create teaching materials that include images, notation, chord diagrams, text, links and audio. You’ll discover the 5 essential basic skills you need to learn to create almost anything and we’ll look at a range of examples that you can adapt for your own classroom.
  8. General: Teaching Music Theory and Aural Training with Music Ecademy and BYOD.
    Presenter: Jaroslav Novak
    With devices in the classroom becoming more common, teachers are often looking for new ways to incorporate technology into their lessons to enhance learning. Music Ecademy is an online learning resource that helps students learn music theory and aural training, and provides teachers with easy progress tracking and classroom management. It is aligned with the New Zealand curriculum including NCEA. In this workshop we will introduce the technologies of Music Ecademy and show teachers how to effectively use it in the classroom and how it can work with BYOD. The workshop will introduce a variety of learning strategies including blended learning and teachers will discover how Music Ecademy can help in schools of all sizes and assist students of all abilities. This will be a practical workshop and attending teachers should have access to a laptop or a tablet. Teachers will be provided with logins in order to access Music Ecademy on their devices. They will explore the resource, both as a student and a teacher, learning how to track their students’ progress and how to get the most out of the resource for their students. By the end of the workshop teachers will be confident using Music Ecademy and will have ideas on how to incorporate the resource into their classrooms.