Would you like to get in touch with us? For general enquiries contact Robyn or Jo below. For matters related to other Committee members' portfolios, use their email contact details provided below.
ONZA PRESIDENT: Robyn McQueen
Professional Development through ONZA and the University of Waikato MEd
programme have transformed Robyn from classroom teacher to music specialist. In the classroom, Robyn especially enjoys working with music to enhance students’
engagement in other arts modalities and collaborating with classroom teachers on projects that lead to creating music from a topical starting point. An experienced workshop presenter, she is passionate about supporting teachers to develop hands-on music programmes in their schools.
ONZA VICE PRESIDENT: Jo Charman
Jo has spent a lifetime immersed in the Arts and education. She has been active as a music specialist at primary and early childhood levels, and has developed music
programmes for adult learners. Jo holds a Diploma of Adult Education and a Graduate Diploma of Education, in music, dance and drama from Auckland University. While completing her studies Jo discovered and was drawn to the Orff Schulwerk method. Jo joined ONZA in 2008 and has served on the ONZA committee for four years.
She recently completed the level 4 Orff Schulwerk Teaching Training Course, which has fuelled her belief that music and the performing arts are a strong scaffold for all learning and that the Orff approach is a powerful vehicle to make music accessible for all children and teachers. Jo’s other passion is photography, which she has taught in schools as another creative process. In her free time Jo sings in a contemporary trio and community choir with whom she has toured extensively overseas.
Jo’s responsibilities for ONZA include the ORFF Library, event photography and the Lindo Francis Instrument Grant.
ONZA TREASURER AND LEVELS COURSE COORDINATOR: Millie Locke
Since the 1990s Millie has been teaching music to students of all ages in both school and out-of-school settings. In 1997 and 1998 she undertook intensive professional
development in the Orff approach at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Since that time she has been a regular workshop presenter and an active member of Orff New Zealand Aotearoa (ONZA). From 1999 until 2012 Millie worked as music specialist at Henderson Valley School, Waitakere. During that time she also completed a masters thesis entitled “Teaching Artistry” and undertook action research related to improvisation and composition in her classroom setting. In 2016, she graduated with a PhD which investigated how the Orff approach was implemented in the New Zealand school context by exemplary teachers. In her role as a treasurer of ONZA she is committed to maintaining high standards of financial management in order to support the valuable contribution Orff New Zealand Aotearoa (ONZA) makes to music education in Aotearoa New Zealand.