Music Teacher Training

Our Training Courses

The Institute has developed training courses for studio music teachers which are open to members and non-members. This flowchart illustrates a professional development pathway for members and non-members.

Find out more about our training courses:

IRMTNZ Teacher Upskill Course – for members wishing to earn continuous professional development (CPD) points 

Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme – for teachers who need to renew their provisional practising certificate.

Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Courses – for musicians who have attained senior levels in practical and theory components and wish to pursue a career in teaching music


Life as a Musician – a testimonial from a recent Foundation Course graduate:
Having studied classical and jazz piano, classical and jazz trumpet, and rock drums life is now a rich tapestry of exciting journeys and adventures. Ben is a graduate of the IRMTNZ Foundation Course, and recently registered as an Associate of the Institute. He teaches brass in any spare time both privately and in schools. He is based in Wellington, so is busy writing for and playing in many varied bands: jazz, funk, ska, Balkan Gypsy, formal military and marching band, Wellington Orchestra, musical theatre, Rodger Fox Jazz Orchestra and Big band. With this diversity he has travelled widely round the world, New Zealand, and the bars of NZ pumping out live music until dawn. Cruise ship contracts were a great way to see the world, yes, but also saw him play in Combos with pianists, drummers, bassists who have played with the great names of the 40s and 50s jazz halls. He has recorded albums with his own bands, often featuring his own compositions, and recently also with Shapeshifter. As a sergeant in the RNZAF band he regularly represents our country at official functions at Government House, and in Anzac observances in Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, the Western Front. With the Rodger Fox jazz orchestra Ben has played in the 2020 Jazz Educators conference in New Orleans, (where he has also payed gigs as an independent horn player) recorded albums at Capitol studios in Los Angeles, and most recently in Bunker studios, New York.
What a wonderful life for a young musician!
Christine Hudson (Provisional member): “By doing the IRMTNZ Foundation Teacher Training Course, I discovered that teaching music isn’t just about knowing music or how to play music …This Course has helped me improve my ability to become a very good music teacher and to run a successful business. I highly recommend this Course to anyone who is thinking about teaching music“.   
Erin Cormack  (Associate member): “I enrolled in the IRMTNZ Foundation Course to increase my confidence and knowledge of music teaching, and it delivered …   I feel I have developed a sound foundation that has set me up well for my next steps.”

Our Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors (in particular Piano Traders Limited) in providing vouchers, welcome gift packs and graduation packs to our Course Participants.