We hold regular events at both national and branch level, which both members and non-members can attend. 

You can also find details of events held by our colleagues in music education here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to measures being implemented to control the spread of COVID-19 and restrictions on numbers for gatherings, face to face events are unlikely to be held until some restrictions are lifted. Some events have moved to online forums that will enable you to continue to stay in touch. Please check directly with the IRMTNZ branch or organiser via email.

Mini Conference April 22-24 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

The Christchurch Branch of IRMTNZ regret to advise that the Mini Conference which was scheduled to take place from April 22nd to April 24th has had to be postponed until further notice. Our presenters are still keen to share their expertise with us once the current travel restrictions and restrictions around large gatherings have been lifted and we will advise once new dates have been set.

Thank you to all who had registered for this event. A full refund will be made to those who have registered and made their payment. We look forward to your support of this event at a later date and thank you for your understanding.

Save the Date: Conference 2021 POSTPONED TO 25-28 JANUARY 2022

Please see the Postponment Notice for details. 

The 2020 Conference “Bridging Cultures: Beethoven 250 and Beyond” was held in Auckland in January.

Northland Branch Events

Upcoming Events

All at Cafler Suite, Forum North

Sunday 14 June   – IRMT Non Competitive Festival
Sunday 9 August – IRMT Proms. 2pm – Beginners & Non-Beethoven Items; 3:30 pm – Beethoven Concert
Sunday 15 Nov   – IRMT Mini Recitals, Old Library
Sunday 29 Nov – IRMT Soiree
Sunday 13 Dec   – IRMT Christmas Concert

Chamber Music Contest 

Tuesday 8 June at St John Golden Church – cancelled 
District contest and regional finals – video performances will be adjudicated
FINAL in Wellington Fri 7 and Sat 8 August. For details:

Auckland Branch Events

Thelma Gordon Memorial Awards

This is a reminder that the Thelma Gordon Awards are available in the following categories:

Scholarship Award of $1000.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the ATCL Teaching Diploma. The Pass mark must have been attained.
Scholarship Award of $1000.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the DipABRSM Teaching examination. The Pass mark must have been attained.
Scholarship Award of $500.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the ABRSM Grade 8 Theory examination. A minimum mark of 80 (Merit) must have been attained.
In the event of more than one candidate attaining the same mark, the Award will be shared equally between the recipients.

Candidates must have been studying with or being mentored by an IRMT Auckland Branch teacher at the time of entering the examination in 2019. See Thelma Gordon Scholarship Grant for more details.

The Thelma Gordon Teacher Training Grant of $360 is awarded to successful applicants undertaking the Teacher Training Foundation Course run by IRMTNZ.
This is an initiative from the Auckland Branch to encourage those teachers less experienced to further develop their teaching skills. The Grant is made possible through the Thelma Gordon Memorial Bequest and covers the full cost of the three parts of the Foundation Course. Applicants must have been taught or mentored by an IRMT teacher in Auckland, preferably within three years prior to the application. The minimum practical standard must be Grade 8 and working towards a Diploma, University Music Degree, or a Post-Graduate course for Instrumental teaching. Applicants must be residing in the Auckland area. 

Auckland Teachers Forum

 Auckland Branch runs Teaching Forums hosted by Susan Smith and Fiona Bygrave. Excitingly, we now have many more new, young and innovative teachers joining the Institute, so  are hosting Mentoring sessions. For details of the next forum, please email: or call 021 2652 628

Student Performers Groups

North Shore – St Aidan’s Church 97 Onewa Road, Northcote
Enquiries: Melody Deng  

Selwyn – St Luke’s Church, Remuera Road
Enquiries: Sharon Martin 09 528 3878 or 

Eastern – Howick Children’s Youth Theatre, 29 Granger Road, Howick   
Enquiries: Susan Theron 021 0291 272 or

Mediant – St Cuthbert’s College Performing Arts Centre, Room 203  Market Road, Epsom
Enquiries: Geoffrey Hinds 09 630 3267 or 

Southern – Old Central School, 57 Wood St, Papakura  $5 per family
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee or

Hibiscus Coast
Enquiries: Louise Lamb 09 427 5212 or 

Music Teachers’ Support Group Meetings

The Music Teachers’ Support Group is at present operating by email to support teachers who may have questions/problems/suggestions for managing your pupils at this time. If you want to know more please contact Alison Littler

Waikato Branch AGM

SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2020 at 2:00pm
This will hopefully be held at Chartwell Co-operating Church or if not feasible using ZOOM. A decision will be made by 1st June regarding the venue and members will receive details of how to attend the meeting.
Nominations for office bearers must be received by the Secretary by 17th May – contact Christine for details.

Making the Grade Movie

There will be two screenings of this movie:
Thursday 11 June at Alison Littler’s home at 10:00 am with morning tea. RSVP to Alison Littler
Sunday 21 June at Jody Oberlin-Brown’s home at 2:00 pm with afternoon tea. RSVP to Jody.

Non-Competitive Festival

Saturday 29 August commencing at 1:30 pm.
Classes are: Best Baroque; Classy Classical; Romantic Rule; Contemporary Cool; Kiwi Composer; Go Jazz; Travellin’ Tunes; Pupils Plus; Family Funtastic; Anything Goes; Be a Movie Star
Entries close 15 August – forms to be emailed to branch members in June. 
all performances will be appraised and all performers will receive a certificate.

Interested in Volunteering to Play Piano at Waikato Hospital? – Not currently operating

Volunteering and playing the piano in the main auditorium on L1 and/or OPR2 which is the rehabilitation ward for older people
Why not get together a group of your students and organise a “mini concert” for patients and visitors?
Contact Krasi May if you are interested

Waikato Branch Piano

 IRMT Waikato owns the piano at the Chartwell Co-operating Church. It is available for use by members for a nominal amount. Contact Christine for details.

Useful Links for other music events in Waikato

Creative Waikato Events:

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts events:


Planned for May 23rd at The Raft Boardroom, Chapel Street (Covid Level regulations permitting)
9:30 am to order coffee / morning tea for a 10:00 am start
Cathy Martin (IRMT Communications Coordinator) will do a short presentation via Skype after the AGM on the IRMT website – how to navigate and make best use of – as well as CPD.

Cushion Concerts

Cancelled until further notice

High Achievers / All Grades Concert

Postponed until August at a date to be confirmed. At this stage, letters have gone out to exam board representatives and processes are in place to hold this event, Government regulations allowing. 

IRMT Scholarship 

Will be held in September as planned, Government regulations allowing. Paul Ellery has been booked as the adjudicator.

Upcoming Events

Melody Deng Workshop – Melody’s workshop last year on the book Fit4Piano that she helped Rae de Lisle write was so well received we have invited Melody back early Term 4 to do another workshop. This time on games (practical and online) and other material she uses to support/teach her music students

Tomatis Workshop – Tomatis is a method developed by Doctor Tomatis that focusses on brain health and general wellbeing. It improves attention, speech and memory using sound/bone conduction through the ears and the skull, identifying the crucial relationship between the ear and the voice. Some people cannot “process” information even when hearing it, hence they have difficulties in listening. The Tomatis method helps in rewiring these processing connections in the brain via the ear for improved learning, communication and  emotional balance. For more information see the website
This workshop is planned for later in the year.

Branch Kawai Piano

Members are reminded that the piano, housed in the Village on 17th Ave hall, is available for use. Hall hire has to be arranged separately with the Village. 
BOP financial members $20 for personal use by members. This includes student concerts. NB This does not apply to members accompanying soloists/groups who are performing in fund raising activities for other organizations
Examination Board Activities $75 per half day – (that is a morning, an afternoon or an evening.) NB – Practice time for examination candidates is free when booked through the examination board.
General $75 per half day – $140 per full day
Rehearsal Time – $50 per half day. There is no fee payable if rehearsing for an official IRMT function, e.g. master classes, seminars, scholarship.
For further information or booking please contact Adele Dickinson

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Gisborne sub Branch Events

Putting the Pieces Together
Using Theory Knowledge to support performance, sight reading and aural skills

Saturday 29 February 1pm – 4pm at Holy Trinity Church, 12 Henui Street, New Plymouth
A Professional Development seminar with musician, educator and examiner Geoffrey Coker
This will be a lively and interactive workshop demonstrating the relevancy of music literacy to practical skills in the studio and classroom. Highly useful for studio and classroom teachers, and students too. Students welcome.
Please register by Friday 21 February by emailing with your name and number attending and transfer the funds to the Taranaki Branch account (contact branch for details). 
IRMTNZ members: $15;   Non-members $20;    Students $5

Branch Dinner

Saturday 29 February 6:30 pm at Marbles Restaurant, Devon Hotel

Branch Recitals 

Sunday 5 April 1:30 pm
Friday 12 June 7 pm
Friday 11 Sept 7 pm
Sunday 6 Dec 1:30 pm

All recitals held at St Andrew’s Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Entry fees: $3 per adult; $5 for two adults. Children and performers are free.

Young Musician 2020

Our annual Young Musician awards aim to encourage excellence and raise standards; celebrate our most talented students and share the joy of music
Saturday 19 September 7pm at St Andrew’s Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth
There are 2 categories:
– Senior years 11-13 at school and up to age 21, recital maximum 16 minutes
– Junior up to year 10 at school, recital maximum 10 minutes
Students will be required to present a balanced programme. Further details to be advised. 

Chamber Music New Zealand presents J415

Monday 2 March, 7:30 pm at 4th Wall Theatre, 11 Baring Terrace, New Plymouth
Described as “next generation baroque” Julliard 415 starts the CMNZ season with a bang. 
Don’t forget the 5 for $35 ticket offer (one teacher plus four students). $10 student rush tickets are also available on the day.
For more information contact Laurel Bruce at

Manawatu Branch Events

IRMT Student Recital 

Saturday 16 May, Evelyn Rawlins Room

IRMT Manawatu Branch AGM

Wednesday 27 May at 7:30pm

IRMT Junior Medal and Intermediate Competitions

Sunday 2 August (whole day) at Freyberg High School
Closing date: 3rd July for Junior/Intermediate Piano and Duets; 4th July for Junior/Intermediate Instrumental & Vocal

IRMT Chamber Music Competition

Sunday afternoon 9 August at Palmerston North Girls High School
Closing date: Friday 24 July

Senior Piano and Instrumental Scholarships

Saturday 19 September, Evelyn Rawlins Room
Closing date: Saturday 5 September

MUSIC VIVA/Manawatu Rotary Young Performers’ Scholarship 2020

Preliminaries: Saturday 26 September
Finale: Monday 12 October 7:30pm
Closing Date: Friday 27 March
Contact: Guy Donaldson

Wellington Branch Events

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From the Cradle to the Studio: Seminar by Helen Willberg
Nurturing a life-long love and understanding of music in young children and beyond

Sunday 22nd March 2.30 – 4.30pm | St James Church, Lower Hutt
Tickets (payment by cash or online banking): Branch Members $15 | Non-members $20

We invite you to come along to a seminar given by Helen Willberg, who for many years has been involved in research into and promotion of early childhood music education in NZ. The seminar will be of great interest and highly relevant, not just to those involved with early childhood music education, but to instrumental teachers working with students of all ages and stages. 

Wellington Branch Book Chat

Thursday 2 April 7:45 pm at Barbara Campbell‘s home. (Email to RSVP and for address)

Our first book to discuss in 2020 will be Chopin’s Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism by Paul Kildea. This book focuses on the history of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, the instruments on which they were played, and the pianists who interpreted them. Wanda Landowski has a particular role in the story told.  
Members are encouraged to read this readily available book, and to consider playing some of the Preludes. It is envisaged that when we meet our discussion will be supplemented by some participants playing preludes

Fit 4 Piano with Rae de Lisle

Saturday 16 May. Time and location to be advised.

We are very fortunate to be able to host Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Auckland Rae de Lisle, for a discussion about her newly released book Fit 4 Piano (available in hard copy or digital format). This book is the result of many years of research into the easiest and most natural way of playing the piano, and is accompanied by video demonstrations of the techniques described. Rae will show us how to use the book in lessons and how best to avoid stiffness from the earliest years of playing, as well as working hands-on with several students to demonstrate some of the ideas from the book.

Piano Plus Festival & Recital Competition 2020

26-28 June at Queen Margaret College

This year we have decided to combine both the Piano Plus Festival and Recital Competition over the same weekend, to make the most of having our lovely adjudicator Rachel Church here in Wellington. This will be held at Queen Margaret College, with the Piano Plus Festival running from the afternoon of Friday 26th June until the end of Saturday, followed by the Recital Competition on the Sunday.

Class 1 – Preliminary
Class 2 – Grades 1 & 2
Class 3 – Grades 3 & 4
Class 4 – The Wellington Piano & Instrumental Group Class: Grades 5 & 6
Class 5 – Grades 7 & 8; Class 6 – The Judith Clark J S Back Class – open
Class 7 – Duos, duets, ensembles – Junior (age 13 and under)
Class 8 – Duos, duets, ensembles – Open (age 13 and over)
Class 9 – Recital competition – open

Wellington Piano and Instrumental Group (WPIG)

Provides inexpensive opportunities for students to perform in public, in a semi-formal, friendly atmosphere. Concerts last about one hour followed by light refreshments.
St Paul’s Lutheran Church 12 King Street Mt Cook (off Adelaide Road, near Pizza Hut).
Dates: Sunday 10 May 3pm; Sunday 21 June 3pm; Sunday 16 August 3pm; Sunday 13 September 3pm; Sunday 1 November 3pm
At the door option: $9 family / $3.50 adult / $2.50 student / under 5 free
Annual fee option: $25 family / $10 adult / $6 student  Allows performance and attendance at all concerts

Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Music Award

For music students with a connection to the Wellington Region
For more information about this award, please see:

Practice Venue 

Expressions, Upper Hutt – a unique practice venue! Have students preparing for the higher grades, or diploma levels? Need to have a run-through before the big day? Students will now be able to practice on the Steinway Grand Piano at the Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Times must be booked in advance by emailing or phoning Michelle on 527 2163.

2020 International Young Artists Festival

The 2020 New Zealand International Young Artists Festival website is live now: All IRMT teachers are welcome to participate in the festival public
events, free of charge! Students who are interested can enter online at the website.
Monday 20th January is Piano Celebration Day, featuring various piano events with a concert in the Adam concert Room.
The organisers would love to invite IRMT teachers and students to perform at the concert. See the website for more details!

IRMT Use of Facilities at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

The IRMT piano owned by the Christchurch branch is currently being used by Rangi Ruru School in one of their music studios. In return, they are offering reduced rates to any Branch members who wish to make use of the Merivale Lane Theatre for their student recitals. 
Hire prices: Merivale Lane Theatre and foyer $75 per hour (includes use of Bosendorfer piano)
P1 (large room in Performing Arts Block with good Yamaha grand $25 per hour
Music studio $15 per hour
All bookings and inquiries to Eddie Cropley, Facilities and Events Manager or visit the school website

Merle Henry Fund

Foundation Course Scholarship which covers 50% of the Registration Fee for an applicant to attend the IRMTNZ Foundation Course. 
Criteria for eligibility: 
– Must be a pupil of a current IRMTNZ Christchurch branch member
– Be at least 18 years old
– Have attained as a minimum a pass in Grade 8 Practical Examination and Grade 5 Theory Examination gained from any recognised Examination Board
– Be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand
The award of this scholarship will be at the discretion of the Committee of the IRMTNZ Christchurch Branch. 
For more details including the application form please contact the Christchurch Branch Secretary

Events at The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts

156 Armagh Street, Christchurch
See Events Calendar

Otago Branch Professional Development Day and AGM

June 13th, more details to be advised

Otago Registered Music Teacher Facebook Page

A place for Otago IRMT members to interact online with issues related to our teaching. It is for discussion, questions, wondering, sharing as well as the odd funny or two.
It is a Closed Group, meaning you have to be “accepted” into the group and no-one else can access it.

NZCT Chamber Music Competition

June 6-7
The district and regional rounds will be online (no live concert but groups will submit a video). Entries close on June 5th and there is no fee. See more information at

Southland Branch Events