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Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand | Ako Puoro 
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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

We are delighted to announce Ignite, our first national kōrero in four years. Ignite will be held in Wellington 15 – 16 April 2024, with details including guest speakers, programme and online registration available on our conference page shortly. Sponsorship enquiries welcome. 

We also offer a range of distance learning music teacher training courses and 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.

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Latest News


Jan 22, 2024

Warmest congratulations to Christchurch member Ms Margaret Louise Barrell who was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her… (more)

IRMTNZ Council Member Steps Down

Jan 17, 2024

We regret to advise that Robert Ibell has resigned from our Council due to ill health. Since he joined Council as a… (more)

AGM 2024

Dec 19, 2023

The Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers will be held on Saturday February 10th 2024 from 1:00 pm… (more)

Call for Scores: Wellington Branch IRMTNZ: Trickier Tunes for Tamariki

Dec 13, 2023

Wellington Branch IRMTNZ is planning to publish Trickier Tunes for Tamariki, a collection of original pieces for violin and for cello submitted by composers… (more)

PD Video Resources for Members

Dec 8, 2023

We have a range of Professional Development videos available to members from our Members Only part of the website. If you have… (more)

Refresh and Recharge Workshop in Nelson

Dec 7, 2023

Flip your teaching on its head and start the year smiling! Sponsored by Beggs MusicWorks NCMA Recital Room, 48 Nile Street, Nelson… (more)

Ignite! IRMTNZ Conference 2024

Nov 6, 2023

IRMTNZ is holding our first national kōrero in four years in Wellington, 15 – 16 April. Register by 31 January to take… (more)

Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

Jul 10, 2023

School Music Teachers (IRMTNZ members AND non-members): Do you need to refresh your Practising Certificate? IRMTNZ offers a TCANZ-approved, flexible TER programme in… (more)

Save the date…

May 26, 2023

IRMTNZ National Event 13 – 16 February 2025 The Hawke’s Bay Branch IRMTNZ warmly invites you to Napier in February 2025 for… (more)

Important Banking Information for All Members

May 1, 2023

A gentle reminder that IRMTNZ moved its bank accounts from ANZ to ASB Bank in 2021. Our account number is 12-3148-0151669-00. Please… (more)