Vol - 14 | 28 August 2016



Kia ora and welcome to our August edition. This month’s editorial is a discussion on Change versus Same by Martin Emo in relation to the way we teach music to students who wish to pursue a career as a musician. Martin is our Musicnet community facilitator and Teacher in Charge of Music at Waimea College in Nelson. His current areas of specialty are classroom music, music technology and the school's jazz ensembles.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our facilitators if you are interested in being our guest editor – we welcome your ideas and views.
Nga mihi,
Maria Lute on behalf of the Arts Online team.

Editorial: Change vs Same by Martin Emo


Earlier this year I contacted all of the universities in New Zealand that offer Classical Performance Degrees to find out how many students graduated in 2015. There were 58, based on the data from the three universities that responded. I then contacted the national and regional orchestras to obtain a rough number of musicians currently required. There are just over 200 positions, with an additional 100 casual musicians that are called on throughout the year.  Most of the orchestras stated that players had post-graduate qualifications.

 In 2012, a more comprehensive survey was conducted in Australia, where out of the 600 full-time orchestral performance positions, approximately 60% of [these people] came from, or trained, overseas. That same year there were 5,500 students enrolled in tertiary music performance programs. (Australian Journal of Music Education, ASME 2012.)

 Over the last five years, many music teachers have modified their programs to cater for students in both the classical and the (every growing) contemporary area. The above data reminds us that we need to be realistic in offering courses that will provide our students with the necessary skills to pursue full-time future employment as a musician. Skills such as recording a quality demo is not just for the guitar-playing, singer-songwriter trying to win an opening spot at SnapaFest, but also for the Piano Player recording instrumental music for film and adverts on the other side of the world. Professional development on how to do all of this is frequently offered around the country. (Learning Ideas, Regional Arts Partnerships, Music EdNet, MENZA days, Regional Clusters and Katie Wardrobe, not to mention the online tools available that are shared through Pond and other networks.) Often these workshops are undersubscribed, and not seen as useful.

Yes, it will cost money. Yes, it will mean you’ll have to arrange for someone else to take the choir/orchestra/jazz band rehearsal (how about a senior student?) and will probably include travelling out of town. For myself, living in Nelson, that is a reality. Many of the organisations listed above offer their workshops each year, so how about having a conversation with your principal this year to plan for you to attend a major PD event in 2017? Contact someone directly from the Musicnet list or myself to recommend something that suits your needs.  

The alternative is to do the same thing we have always done…and not change. Then we’ll continue to send out students unprepared…


All Arts
Professional Learning and Development is changing - see this education services link for more information. Centrally funded PLD will be linked to accredited facilitators The first round of accreditation has closed and priority areas are maths, science and literacy. Subsequent rounds of accreditation will “enhance national coverage of speciality topics”.
MENZA have a few workshops coming up around the country (from Auckland to Invercargill) including Australian-based Katie Wardrobe ‘Simplifying Technology for Music Teachers, and Susan West exploring Community Outreach in Music. The MENZA AGM will be preceded by workshops including Linda Webb’s research paper on Advocating for Music Education in Teacher Education.  
Get your calendar out! Auckland is to host the 12th Triennial World Symposium on Choral Music in July 2020. Look forward to 24 visiting choirs and 30 presenters.
Visual Art
ANZAAEs National Conference - in partnership with UCOL - Whanganui School of Design 18-20 July 2017.
A reminder that teachers need to register interest in a NCEA Best Practice Workshop this year before one will be scheduled for your area.
Drama New Zealand will announce the exciting details of their 2017 national conference soon. Keep your eyes peeled on Dramanet or check here for the most up to date information.


  • How to make an Electric Mbria (kind of thumb piano) from titanium bicycle spokes and radio controlled boat parts.
  •  Radioooo is a website based on a world map. Click on a country and decade to hear music. New Zealand is even included!


  • The ‘National Theatre Discover’ YouTube channel continues to be a rich resource for inspiring clips to play to students showing companies in action in the rehearsal room. This clip looks at the development of ensemble movement and the use of pace (of movement) as a device in ensemble scenes. Check it out!

 Visual Art


  • The National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competitions were held recently. There were many very exciting performances. To read more about the competitions click here.

 Art History

Arts events

  • RNZB is currently on a national tour performing Giselle. Although many cities have sold out there are still seats available in Auckland, Dunedin and Palmerston North.
  • NZDC is performing the Absurdity of Humanity in Auckland this week.
  • Massive Company are holding a series of whole-day workshops for teachers in November in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Earlybird fees for Christchurch and Wellington workshops are available until 31 August. Details and registration here.
  • The NZQA ‘making assessor judgments’ best practice workshop is in Wellington on 13 September 2016. Register here.
  • Drama New Zealand’s Auckland Branch are holding yet another in a string of very successful, informative and practical workshops that have occurred around the country for teachers and students on the Scholarship Drama examinations. Facilitated by Emma Bishop, DNZ President, on Wednesday 14 September 4-8pm, at King’s College, Otahuhu. Light supper provided. To register email:
Art History/Visual Art
Auckland City Art Gallery
  • The Walters Prize - 16 July 2016 — 30 October 2016: New Zealand's contemporary art award and named in honour of pioneering modernist painter Gordon Walters (1919–1995), the Walters Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of contemporary New Zealand art produced and exhibited during the past two years. The biennial prize aims to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of cultural life. 
City Gallery Wellington
  • Sister Corita's Summer of Love – 23 July - 16 October 2016: this exhibition surveys the graphic art of Roman Catholic nun Sister Corita Kent (1918 – 1986), an unsung figure in pop art. In the 1960s, she became famous for her distinctive screenprints, with their graphic treatments of words, in bold, often fluoro colours. 
Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Great Britten!: a work by Billy Apple – 16 July 2016 – 6 November 2016Billy Apple blurs the line between life and art with a new installation that celebrates the triumphant, record-shattering 1995 campaign of the Christchurch-designed Britten V1000 motorbike.

Dunedin Art Gallery
  • Xin Cheng in Collaboration with Chris Berthelsen small modifications – 30 July 2016 – 4 September 2016;  a collaborative project that poses a number of questions and open propositions such as - could the gallery function as an open studio? This project invites gallery visitors to work together, and with the artists, to consider these questions and see where their interactions may take them. 
Exhibition On Screen 2016 film season – C19th European Painting - Three films on three notable painters Resources/links

The latest MENZA magazine is now out.
Visual Art
Information is beautiful - making data into art: a site “dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.”
The pictograms used for each sport in the Olympics are a great resource to use for teaching dance. See the ones used for the Rio Olympics and others for previous Olympics online at the Olympics Museum.
Art History
New Reviewed Resources - updated and new resources for Level 3 Art History Area 5 – Modernism to Post Modernism.
Subscribers to Dramanet have begun sharing ideas around this year’s external assessment specifications and getting students ready for externals. A timely post came from Kim Bonnington who shared her recent work from the RAPs workshops around writing frames in the drama classroom. Kim also shared one example of a writing frame for the level one live performance exam and the specification around relationships. View the full post and downloadable writing frame, here.

Teacher Resource Exchange
Research/Professional readings

Stuart Kelly has posted a reflection on “The New Schools of Choice” for teachers in NZ. This looks at the issue where the best teachers are drawn to the best schools and the reasons for this. A relevant issue within the music education community with resourcing and time always being a point of contention.
Art History  
The 2015/2016 Drama NZ e-Journal was published this month Drama New Zealand. Edited by Professor Janinka Greenwood, University of Canterbury, the journal features articles by Dr Tracey-Lynne Cody (Palmerston North, NZ), Dr Molly Mullen and Rod Wills (Auckland, NZ), Professor Janinka Greenwood (Canada), Dr Jane Luton (Auckland, NZ), Asterios Tsiaras (Peloponnese, Trípoli), Dr Shifra Schonmann (Hafia, Israel) and Dr Veronika Rodova (Czech Republic).

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