SOUND AND SYMBOL: Connecting Music and Literacy

DATE: Saturday February 25, 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
VENUE: Marsden Pre-school, Marsden Ave, Karori, Wellington


Music is a source of human enjoyment and emotional release, but also promotes cognitive processes. Regular use of music experiences in a child’s learning environment has benefits for both music and literacy development. This should be viewed as a partnership that enriches the learning process. This workshop explores music and literacy connections through song, books and poems and is suitable for all educators of young children.

Robyn Trinick  

Robyn began her career in education as a generalist primary teacher. She has since lectured in early childhood and primary music education for over thirty years. More recently she has delivered courses in primary literacy and the arts which have strengthened her interest in connections between music and language. Robyn has maintained strong links with schools and centres.

In 2018, Robyn was appointed as Kaiārahi Music (primary and early childhood) through MENZA (Music Education New Zealand-Aotearoa) and was involved in the delivery of professional development programmes for early childhood educators through ONZA (Orff-Schulwerk New Zealand-Aotearoa).

Robyn has strong affiliations with Te-whānau-a-Apanui through whānau connections. She regularly interacts with educators residing on the East Cape of the North Island, and has an inside view of the challenges and successes associated with teaching in small rural communities.

Since the birth of her grandson with PURA four years ago, she has developed a keen interest in music therapy and recently presented a paper at a Music Therapy conference entitled “Me and my moko: Our musical journey”.

To register for this workshop:

Register your name and details online HERE. Then, use your own internet banking facility to make a direct deposit into the ONZA account at BNZ 02 0248 0073940 097
Reference: Your surname; Code: Well23Feb
Entering your surname means you will be registered.
Payment by Credit card is also available.
The invoice can be downloaded in PDF format.
Registration Fees:

  • ONZA members:  $35.00
  • Non-members:     $50.00   which includes an Individual Membership

For inquiries email:  Suzanne Thom