Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


MAINZ conference a first for NZ music educators

Tai Poutini Polytechnic MAINZ conference a first for NZ music educators

The MAINZ Music Educators’ Conference looks set to become a staple on New Zealand’s music industry calendar following a hugely successful inaugural event.

The 2014 Music Educators’ Conference was the first of its kind to be held in New Zealand. Hosted by Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) the conference brought together 54 music industry and academic delegates from around the country and around the world over two days on 10 and 11 July 2014.

Incoming MAINZ General Manager Dr Suzette Major says the event was a first for the New Zealand music education sector.

“Music education, like the music industry, is changing so quickly that coming together and talking and sharing is critical. You can operate in silos for years and there’s a moment when everything finally clicks. We’ve hit that moment with this conference.

“People in music education all know each other already: they’ve played in bands together and have conversations all the time. The conference is a more formal way to share those conversations and I could see a real spirit of collaboration across the sector at the event.

“New Zealand’s creative sector is flourishing right now despite all the changes going on in the industry. It’s an extremely exciting time to be part of the sector and we need to make sure we are preparing the students of today for a world that is changing rapidly.”

Suzette joins MAINZ with 25 years’ experience in New Zealand’s creative education sector. She says MAINZ tutors and staff are “hugely respected” in their field and is excited to be part of the team.

Conference convenor Annabel Schuler says MAINZ spotted a gap in the industry for an opportunity to share ideas and develop relationships between New Zealand music industry players and educators. The conference was organised to fill that gap.

“We were lucky to have some top industry representatives speak as part of our Industry Panel and speakers. This included Roel Verberk of the rockacademie in the Netherlands and Lorde’s manager, Scott Maclachlan. There is a currency to the networks you build at these events – you’ve got to keep up with what is going on the industry so that you can pass this on to the students,” she says.

MAINZ plans to build on relationships forged with local and international contacts at the event to develop programmes and create new opportunities to collaborate for staff and students.

“The feedback we’ve had so far is that the 2014 Music Educators’ Conference was a great opportunity to bring together the movers and shakers of our sector – and that we need to make this a regular event,” Annabel says.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news