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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

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Tēnā koutou katoa!   Monday 6 February is Te Rā o Waitangi – Waitangi Day. It’s a day off work for most… (more)

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Updated 3 February 2023   Please stay safe this summer: there continues to be an increasing number of Covid cases and new… (more)

Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

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

UpSkill! Exclusive to IRMTNZ members

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Boost your teaching – take UpSkill! our short online refresher course. Build online teaching skills, explore new teaching approaches, check out latest business guidelines…… (more)

Safe Teaching Practices

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

New District 5 Council Representative

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We welcome Rebecca Ryan, who was co-opted onto Council as the second District 5 Council representative in May. Rebecca replaces Heleen du… (more)

New District 1 Council Representative

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We welcome Dr Graham McPhail, who was co-opted onto Council as the second District 1 Council representative in February. Graham taught secondary… (more)

Easy Tunes for Tamariki

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

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

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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!

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