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Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand | Ako Puoro 
Nau mai, haere mai!

Do you teach music or want to teach music? Are you looking for a music teacher? We can help you!

The  Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand (IRMTNZ) | Ako Puoro is Aotearoa New Zealand’s only professional organisation for all private music teachers, established by an Act of Parliament. 

We set standards for teaching and support music teachers to build and maintain professional, successful teaching practices, for the benefit of themselves and their students.

IRMTNZ registration endorses you as a music teacher, provides a friendly collegial support network, essential professional development and student performance opportunities throughout Aotearoa NZ. Join us here

Music is a fundamental part of most people’s lives. We enjoy listening to it and anyone can learn to make music, which has its own special rewards. IRMTNZ members are professionally and personally qualified to teach people to make music and do it well. Find a teacher here

IRMTNZ holds annual national conferences with noted presenters and great networking. We also offer a range of distance learning music teacher training courses.

Members receive professional guidance and advice through our Code of Ethics and other key documents, including our Student Safety Policy and Privacy Policy. In its operations, IRMTNZ recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi and the special place of tangata whenua and te reo Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.

IRMTNZ is carbon neutral, and we regularly review our national-level business activities and travel to ensure that we offset any carbon costs.

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga – fill the basket of knowledge



Latest News


Jun 22, 2022

IRMTNZ invites all our members to celebrate Matariki – a time for reflection and renewal. For Māori, the disappearance of the star… (more)

The Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours List 2022

Jun 15, 2022

The Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours List 2022 We congratulate member Mrs Wendy Louise van Delden of Paraparaumu, who was awarded… (more)

Covid-19 Daily Updates

Jun 15, 2022

Updated 21 June 2022    New Zealand is in Phase 3 of the Omicron response plan and at Orange in the COVID Protection Framework (traffic lights)…. (more)

Safe Teaching Practices

Apr 14, 2022

Safe Teaching Practices  IRMTNZ members are required to abide by our Code of Ethics and Student Safety Policy, to ensure that teaching… (more)

Easy Tunes for Tamariki

Apr 14, 2022

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ announces our latest music publications – Easy Tunes for Tamariki by composers from Aotearoa New Zealand. Appealing original pieces… (more)

Council’s message to members: Ukraine

Mar 3, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all IRMTNZ members with family and friends affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We… (more)

Foundation Course: scholarships available to members of Christchurch and Waikato branches

Mar 3, 2022

Scholarships for enrolment in the Foundation Course are now available for IRMTNZ Christchurch Branch members: “Merle Henry scholarship” and for IRMTNZ Waikato Branch… (more)

IRMTNZ National Body is Carbon Neutral!

Mar 1, 2022

One of the Strategic Plan Goals the national body has been working towards is to attain Carbon Neutral status by 2030. A… (more)

Council Members for the 2022-25 Term

Feb 10, 2022

At the AGM 2022, the new Council members for the 2022-25 term were introduced. See details at Council – Learn Music NZ

Free webinars on Hybrid Learning

Feb 10, 2022

To support our members to prepare to be resilient and teach using a variety of learning methods, we will let our members… (more)