AKO PUORO – Programme

TIMETABLE – AKO PUORO From the Lakes to the Geysers

This timetable may be subject to slight amendments over the next few months and if so will be updated accordingly.


Tuesday 25th January

3.00pm    Registrations open

5.00pm     Powhiri and Welcome

6.30pm     Dinner in the Brasserie

7.30pm     Rotorua Boys High School Choir

7.45pm     The Judith Clark Opening Address – Christopher Lawrence

                                   THE FRACTURED ORCHESTRA

                        Music and societal connection in a pandemic.

Arts administrator, artistic director, broadcaster and writer Christopher Lawrence examines how Covid-19 has challenged the intersection of performer, teacher, student and audience. The palette of responses has far-reaching ramifications for both pedagogy and the entire performing arts ecology, begging the question: were some of these paradigm shifts overdue?


8.30pm   Redwoods treewalk*

*The walk takes approximately 40mins and is suitable for anyone who can walk unaided. Please note that the bridges are all swing bridges.

Use this link for further information.  Redwoods Treewalk 


Wednesday 26th January 

7.30am     Breakfast 

8.30am     Parallel Sessions:  

1.       Reflection Service ‘Three in One’ – Rev. Rona Halsall (Millenium 3 Room)

2.       Waiata Workshop – Leon Gray (Mokoia Room)

9.00am     Notices

9.15am     Keynote address – Michael Endres (Mokoia Room)

                 ‘5 Countries – Aspects of musical education in Germany, USA, UK,  Norway and  New Zealand’

10.00am    Morning Tea

10.40am   Parallel Sessions

1.       Strings Masterclass – Lara Hall, acc. Rachael Griffiths-Hughes  (Mokoia Room)  

2.       A Kodály-inspired approach to developing children’s musicianship through choral singing –  Megan Flint  (Millenium 1 Room) 

This presentation will explore ways to develop young singers’ musicianship skills in the choral rehearsal including intonation, sight-reading and score reading. Using a Kodály-inspired aural-vocal approach, teachers and conductors can assist their young singers to become more confident, independent musicians through activities designed to educate the musical mind, heart, head and hand.


12.10pm   Exam Board Talk (Mokoia Room)

12.30        Lunch Break

1.30pm     Parallel Sessions:    

1.       The Importance of Musical and Cultural Heritage and Identity – Judith Bell  

The importance of students researching their musical heritage back through the generations and how that influences them now, helps understand their identity and also builds family relationships and well-being.This session looks at how this is taught and incorporated in a school setting, but is applicable in any situation.The workshop will comprise a short demonstration sharing a lesson plan and example. We discuss how this has been taught across a middle school and will then discuss the value of asking students to complete this project. Values include valuing and understanding our own heritage and identity as well as others around us, whanaunataunga, helping aging relatives find joy in later years and learning contexts around musical heritages.

2.       As an instrumental music teacher, how can I support my school and my students in the NCEA curriculum refresh? – Barbara Morgan

Music, as an NCEA subject, is currently being reviewed and a draft document is developing. In-school trials of the draft document are due to occur in 2023, with the confirmed refreshed curriculum document is to be implemented in 2024. The emphasis, among others, is on Mataura Maori, numeracy, literacy and the application of the new look achievement standards. These changes can appear daunting to instrumental teachers whose interactions with the school system are limited. However instrumental music teachers are vital for student achievement and music departments across the country will be obliged to include the changes.
People who participate in this workshop will gain an understanding of the concepts that underpin the curriculum document. A range of practical resources will be provided that will be usable in private studios and the ITM room. Interactive activities will allow participants the opportunity to develop their own resources specific to their teaching spaces.


2.15pm     IRMTNZ CPD Progress – John Drummond (Mokoia Room)

2.37pm     IRMTNZ, NZQA and TCANZ Updates – Andrew Buchanan-Smart (Mokoia Room)

3.00pm     Afternoon Tea

3.30pm     Strengthening Our Communities Through Learning – Ludwig Treviranus and Elisha Hulton (Mokoia Room)

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and by incorporating this sense of whakawhanaungatanga into their own teaching philosophy, Ludwig and Elisha prioritise building strong relationships with families and the wider community of their students, as an effective way of keeping their students positively engaged in their learning with them. In this presentation and Q & A, Ludwig and Elisha will be sharing their personal experiences on how they do this within their studio and classroom teaching and learning environments. They will be touching on various discussion points, covering: 

·         Establishing positive relationships with students, whānau and the wider community. 

·         Building a positive support network amongst students. 

·         Getting to know your learners and creating lessons that relate to who they are. 

·         Creating a cone of trust in lesson and performance environments. 

·         Creating  a teaching and learning space that is safe and inclusive of all students.

5.00pm     Exam Board Talk (Mokoia Room)

5.20pm     Exam Board Talk (Mokoia Room)

5.40pm      Free time

6.00pm      Dinner in the Brasserie

7.30pm      RECITAL (Mokoia Room)                       

Baroque Concert for Violin and Harpsichord 

Lara Hall – Violin,  Rachael Griffiths-Hughes – Harpsichord


Thursday 27th January

7.30am     Breakfast 

8.30am     Choral Workshop – Leon Gray  (Mokoia Room)

 “He Waiata na Parearohi” and “Pokarekare Ana” – arrangement by Leon Gray. Parts will be available at a later date.

9.00am      Notices

9.15am      Baroque 101 – Julia Fredersdorff and Donald Nicolson  (Mokoia Room)

10.00am    Morning Tea

10.40am    Parallel Sessions   

1.       Piano Masterclass – Michael Endres (Mokoia Room)


2.       The Wiremu Vowel Clock – Robert Wiremu (Millennium 1 Room)

As an alternative to the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is a system of symbols (glyphs) that represent specific sounds (phonemes), Robert created the Wiremu Vowel Clock. It is a system that allows for quicker communication between ensembles/soloists and conductors/coaches about vowel matching, in any language. It was a response to the complexity of discussing vowels using IPA, which is less specific. If tuning for choirs is both about the placement of a pitch plus the alignment of the vowel (and its endemic harmonic structure) then we must find a way to better communicate and understand vowels. It’s an ongoing exploration…


12.10pm   Exam Board Talk  (Mokoia Room)

12.30        Lunch Break

1.30pm     Parallel Sessions

1.       Arranging – Judith Bell

Practical tips on combining unusual instruments and different levels successfully. The session will include real examples from diverse middle school ensembles.

2.       Changing the Culture of Private Music Teaching  ~ Annual Basic Workload – Christy Yau 

Annual Basic Workload is a system I developed with the initial intention of ensuring teachers working in my studio do their job well by assigning a set of work in all areas (repertoire, studies, sight reading and scales) to their students in the beginning of the year. All students and parents will be notified of their Annual Basic Workload so that they are aware of the realistic and measurable expectation of what to complete before the end of the year. The teaching content has become so much more transparent to parents, and this also acts as a ‘reminder’ for all teachers on what each student needs to accomplish.Pre-planning music lessons and updating weekly progress can be quite daunting for a group of artistic, spontaneous, free spirited music teachers including myself. Annual Basic Workload took many years to develop. However, today this system benefits both students and teachers and had changed the culture of teaching in my studio.




2.15pm    ‘Music of the land’ ‘Te puoro o te whenua’ – Maria Kapa (Mokoia Room)

Discover and explore the ancient Maori instruments, ‘taonga puoro’, and song, ‘waiata’ of our tupuna, ancestors. Develop an understanding of the deep connection of our ancestors to the land, the origins of our music and the beautiful poetry in their/our song. Experience the beauty of our instruments, their origins, their place of ‘mana’, integrity and purpose among our people. Take this opportunity to use and play some of these instruments.

3.00pm    Afternoon Tea

3.30pm    Conference Photos

3.45pm    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (Mokoia Room)

5.15pm    Titiroa ‘short stick game’ – Maria Kapa (Millennium 1 Room)

Join with us as we use our ‘rakau’ short sticks to create a stick game. Become aware of the importance of this game to our people, not just as an enjoyable pass time, but also as a tool to prepare younger generations for the vigors of life.

5.45pm     Free time

7.30pm     Conference Dinner – Entertainment by Joel Amosa, Elisha Hulton and Ludwig Treviranus                               (Mokoia Room)

Friday 28th January

7.30am    Breakfast

8.30am    Parallel Sessions 

1.Reflection Service ‘Three in One’ – Rev. Rona Halsall (Millennium 3 Room)

               2.Waiata Refined Workshop – Leon Gray (Mokoia Room)

9.00am   Notices

9.15am  Covert Learning through ATOM – Leon Gray (Mokoia Room)

Imagine looking back on your music theory lessons as a kid and remembering only laughter, winning, ease, relaxation & fun? Equally, imagine remembering being a kid who was always ahead in music theory because you knew so much? And all with no memory of written homework from music lessons?                                                                                                  Leon Gray has spent years in classrooms and his own private studio examining how to achieve these outcomes, leading to the development of the Activated Theory of Music (ATOM) programme – where shared reading, games and verbal review reign supreme. Learn about how targeted, winnable games and tracking strategies can create positive associations with theory which feed ongoing student curiosity.  Join Leon for discussions, demonstrations, and tips & tricks about how these aspects might complement your own studio practice in an interactive, informative and entertaining session.


10.00am    Announcement of Conference 2023

10.05am   Morning Tea

10.30am   The Long and Winding Road – John Drummond (Mokoia Room)

This conference is part of the long and winding musical journey we each take through our lives and we are meeting in a place where knowledge is shared through stories. So I will tell you a story about a journey. It might be a journey made by you or me, it might be a journey through a world of many musics, or it might be a story about the journey IRMTNZ is making. I leave it to you to decide what the story might mean to you.

11.00am    PIANO RECITAL (Mokoia Room)

                                                  Michael Endres – Piano

12.00         Group Farewell – Waiata:   

“He Waiata na Parearohi” composed by Fergus Byett, and “Pokarekare Ana” arr.Leon Gray.


12.30pm    Final Lunch and End of Conference.



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