Vol - 20 | 22 February 2018


Kia ora and welcome to our first newsletter for 2018. I hope the year has started well for you and that you are feeling revitalised and ready for the year ahead.  The facilitation team has been busy bringing you items of interest, news, events and teaching resources to assist you with your programmes. I hope you take a moment to browse through and explore some of these.

Our editorial feature in this edition is from our Musicnet facilitator, Martin Emo. Martin shares his reflections on returning to study for one year and reveals some surprises along the way! 

If you have something to share, or would like to contribute to the editorial, please contact  any one of our friendly facilitators. We would love to hear from you. 

Ngā mea pai katoa mo te tau hou!

Maria Lute
On behalf of the Arts Online team.

Editorial – Reflections on 1st month of return to study 

Whilst most teachers have been enjoying a well-earned break in December and January, I’ve been busy working on the first three papers of a Masters in Education in E-Learning which I am undertaking this year. In this editorial, I’ll talk about three topics that I’ve been thinking about as the sun was shining.

1. I learnt more in the first four weeks of my study than I have in my 12 years of teaching. Really?
Well, amongst the jazz band practices, classroom teaching and report writing, I’ve rarely had the time to sit back and think about what is actually the point of assessment? What are the implications of continuing to assess Music in a paper-based exam, when many students learn via a device? I have to teach students the skill of using manuscript paper (staves on a page), with a pencil, for the sole purpose of completing the Level 1, 2 or 3 exams. The alignment of how a subject, or NCEA standard is taught and learned influences how it should be assessed, as misalignment of assessment and teaching can compromise the meaning of assessment results (Griffin, McGaw, & Esther, 2012). Are our current external exams a valid reflection of the skills and abilities of our students?

2. For a recent assignment, I reviewed five studies on the effect of flipped learning. Each study had one ‘control’ class, and one ‘flipped’ class. The results were surprising as an overall analysis seemed to indicate that the quality, facilitation and the success of the ‘flip’ was strongly influenced by the underlying teaching pedagogy of the teacher. Just flipping a class doesn’t cognate improved student achievement. However, the introduction of flipped learning to a teacher, encouraged them to reflect and develop a stronger teaching pedagogy.
3. Finally, in looking at effective formative feedback, I came across an interesting study. In Israel, groups of 11 year-old students were given feedback in three different ways during various stages of their studies. The first group were only given written comments, the second group only grades, and the third group both grades and written comments. The study found that the grades improved the most for the comments only group, and interestingly both of the other groups showed the same relatively low results. Meaning that combining grades with a comment removes the advantage normally present by only giving a comment. This is only one study, but it raises some points to ponder.

Whilst I’m still shy of my first 100 days, and quite short of the 280 days till I finish, I’m confident that I’m going to have a great time diving into study and encourage any of you, to seek opportunities to study further. Be it one paper at a time like the majority of my fellow students, or by applying for grants like mine, from the PPTA.

Martin Emo
Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa Board Member (MENZA)
Music EDnet Technology Mentor Australasia
Midnight Music Community Liaison and Ambassador
Victoria University Masters Student (On leave from Waimea College)
  • The Ministry of Education is funding the full cost of the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) courses for the first half of 2018. This is for teachers returning to teaching or whose registration has otherwise lapsed.
  • There has been a change to the way NZQA Best Practice Workshops will be run this year. NZQA advises that an individual on behalf of a regional cluster or national subject association, can now request a workshop hosted by their school or organisation. Hopefully, dance will be able to access one or more of these workshops.
  • Te Papa is celebrating its 20th year of operation and record numbers of visitors with a New art gallery, natural history revamp. In contrast, the funding/underfunding of the Auckland Art Gallery has been a hot topic but in this article Phil Goff proposes a $20m funding boost to Auckland Art Gallery, a much needed boost if this eventuates.
  • The Dominion Post marked the anniversary of the first New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross - colonial artist Charles Heaphy – with this article, on 11 February.
  • The historic Christchurch Arts Centre, site of the original university, has undergone significant restoration receiving the prestigious UNESCO Award last year in recognition. The CEO’s new priorities for the site and ongoing restoration are detailed in this article from The Press and this future-focused video.
  • A bit of light-weight fun followed the release of the portrait match feature on Google's Arts & Culture app in New Zealand with these images of politicians and their art history twins.
  • Art History subject review – read this message from Art History National Assessment Facilitator, Steve Bargh, NZQA.
Kia ora koutou

The NCEA Art History Examination Development Teams (EDTs) met recently to review the 2017 examinations with the aim of informing the development of the 2018 examinations.  As part of our meeting we have explored a range of ideas to make the examination more authentic, relevant and accessible to students.

One of these ideas is a review of the lists of artists, meanings and contexts and this may happen this year.  I need to emphasise two things about such a review.  Firstly, a number of steps have to be undertaken before we can initiate such a review and it still may not happen this year.  Secondly, any review will involve consultation with the sector.

But to help us with some ideas I have a question that I would like to pose to you for debate.  Please note that the EDTs have no fixed perspective on this question but need some information from you to assist in any future decisions.

It has become apparent through the last examination cycle that very few students are studying the Gothic area – certainly very few students are answering questions from this area.  The question is whether there would be support for the removal of the Gothic area and replacing it with a section on Contemporary Maori and Pasifika Art.

Can I emphasise that we have no intent to make this change but have put it forward as an idea only and would like your input.  You can either respond to this posting or email me direct at:


  • Jacob Collier explains the concept of music harmony, at five levels. From a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. It also includes an insight into Miles Davis giving Herbie Hancock advice on what not to play.
  • In September 2017, Kent Isomura & Shauno Isomura held a concert tour in New Zealand named ‘Isomura Brothers presents the Tsunami Violin Concert Tour’. The tour was part of a world project involving violinists around the globe to perform on the Tsunami Violin – a violin made in remembrance of the deceased and with an aspiration of hope for the survivors of the 2011 Tsunami Earthquake in Tohoku Japan. Tsunami Violin was lent to the brothers to be performed on for the 1st time in New Zealand and performed an all-Japanese composer programme in venues including the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber which was a sold out concert. Read about the violin's creation here from the lone pine out of 70,000 that survived the tsunami.
  • Akram Khan was featured in the last newsletter as his work will be shown in New Zealand soon.  Here is another example of his choreography and dancing, titled Ma
  • Welcome to the post-text future “an online culture in which text recedes to the background, and sounds and images become the universal language”. This collection of articles will spark thinking about the future of visual versus text communication.
  • Do you ever wonder Why children’s drawings matter? This video proposes that maybe our affection for them says more about our yearnings as adults.
  • View this short documentary film that won 2nd place at the Spoke Art Documentary Competition held by St Mary's Ascot about Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room. A model of Kusama’s installation is currently on show at the Auckland City Art Gallery.
  • The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party: article and images documenting the creation of this collaborative artwork from the 1970s, the inspiration of feminist artist Judy Chicago.

Arts events

  • NZ Opera is offering $10 tickets to their dress rehearsals this year. Venues are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch ranging from the 6 March to 2 October. 
  • The 41st Tauranga Jazz Festival is on 28 March to 2 April.
  • The NZ School of Music Jazz Project will take place on the 7–8 June in Wellington.
  • Panpapanpalya is a joint congress of WDA (World Dance Alliance) and DACI (Dance and the Child International) to be held in Adelaide next year. Visit the website to see how you could be involved. Early bird registrations close on 19 Feb.
  • Te Papa is celebrating 20 years of success with an online quiz and a range of 20th  birthday celebrations on 14 February.
  • The Wellington City Gallery has been closed for refurbishment since 20 November but will be reopening 3 March 2018 with an exhibition, This is New Zealand. Showcasing works by Venice Biennale artists alongside works created for international Expos and works exploring national iconography
  • NZ Festival – Future playground, happening in Wellington in March - check out the video trailer promising a "an eye-popping digital wonderland". 
  • Loving Vincent has just opened in cinemas in New Zealand – the worlds’ first feature-length animation created with paintings and based on the work of Van Gogh.
Art History: Galleries

Auckland City Art Gallery
Te Papa
  • Toi Art - Te Papa's New Exhibition space – opens 17 March.
    New exhibitions will include contemporary jewellery, immersive art experiences for everyone, and iconic New Zealand works from the national art collection.
Christchurch Gallery
  • Rachael Rakena: Rerehiko – until 11 March
    Rachael Rakena’s sensual video installation considers how the arrival of the internet effected change for Māori. 
  • Anne Shelton: Dark Matter – until April
    An expansive view of Ann Shelton’s tightly conceived, large scale and hyperreal photography
Dunedin Galleries
  • Campbell Patterson: toot floor – until 14 April. Drawing on the detritus of his surroundings, Campbell Patterson engages in conscious acts of repetition to document the banality and absurdity of everyday life – causing the ordinary to become abstract.
Māori / Pasifika additions Professional readings and research Teacher Resource Exchange (TRE)

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