Introducing the ONZA blog. This is a members’ space for sharing expertise, experiences and ideas. Contributions, both scholarly and teacherly, are invited. Contact onza.robyn@gmail for more information.
This first post is dedicated to introducing our ONZA committee.
Hayley Hunter BEd, ATCL is a primary trained music specialist teacher and has been teaching classroom music for 25 years. She is currently teaching Performing Arts at Kristin School in Albany, Auckland. Hayley has been an active member of ONZA since 2010 and has held the role of Primary Workshops Co-Ordinator and Vice President during this time. She has completed Level 3 Orff Certification and is in the process of completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education. Hayley is passionate about teaching classroom music and promoting the Orff Approach to music and movement education within Aotearoa New Zealand. In her view, the Orff Approach is an inclusive and holistic approach which can be adapted to a wide range of educational and community settings.
Lindsey Mason BMusEd, MM Woodwind Performance, PhD Music Ed. is ONZA Vice President, as well as assists with planning ONZA activities in Wellington. She currently directs the xylophone group, orchestra, and choir at Evans Bay Intermediate, and is the founder of the new South Coast Music School, which brings general music classes to primary aged children. Lindsey has completed Orff levels courses in the United States, as well as New Zealand, and has a passion for embodying the elements of the Orff approach in her teaching across a variety of settings. When she’s not teaching, you can find Lindsey playing clarinet in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.
Philippa Drake BEd (Tchg) ACE, DipTchg (Music & Drama) UoA, Level 4 Orff.
Philippa is the current ONZA treasurer. She has been part of ONZA since the early 2000s. She taught in the general classroom for eight years (years 5-8) before becoming a music/drama specialist at Wairau Intermediate School. She is a passionate advocate for Music and the Arts in the classroom – ideally integrated into all curriculum areas to optimise learning. “Children love music and they should be singing and dancing about everything”. Philippa is a member of the ukulele band North of Bombay, a creative side-project for several Orff teachers. Due to age 🙂 Philippa is now semi-retired, and enjoys making music with her grandchildren.
Caro has been teaching music for the last 22 years mostly at schools, privately from home, and in the community. She is passionate about having an inclusive approach to music-making. She started the Ukes of Howick in 2009 and this grew to 80 members in 2015. After Caro moved to the country she started another community ukulele group in Pukekohe which is going very well and is lots of fun. Caroline uses the Orff Schulwerk method of teaching both at home and at school. “Imagination, Improvisation, Creativity and Fun” are Caro’s four keywords. She plays the guitar, ukulele, banjo, recorder, and flute. Caro has been writing music since the age of 14 and is an enthusiastic member of the semi-professional ukulele group North of Bombay and has recorded several albums, including resources for schools and music educators.
Cat Rowllings PGDip Ed.(Arts), BEd, PGCert Digital & Collab. Learning, Level 3 Orff
After many years as a generalist primary classroom teacher, Cat is now a primary classroom music specialist at Konini School in beautiful West Auckland. With a life-long passion for the arts, Cat is keenly interested in the integration of the Arts disciplines across the primary curriculum and most recently weaving the Orff Approach and Mantle of the Expert dramatic inquiry pedagogy through her classroom programme. As administrator for the Auckland marimba festival team, Cat is figuring out how to make administration tasks more creative!
Celia Stewart MEd, LTCL, TTC, IRMT
Celia lives in Christchurch where she is Music Director of the Christchurch School of Music and runs music classes for preschoolers and junior school children. She provides professional development in early childhood and primary music throughout Aoteroa and is co-director of a local children’s music festival Strum, Strike and Blow. Celia has been involved on the board of both MENZA and MEC and is South Island rep on the ONZA committee. She has completed four levels of Orff Schulwerk training, Level 1 of Kodaly training and is a member of the Orff Levels teaching team. In 2019 she was awarded an MNZM for services to music education. Celia plays flute in the Christchurch Concert Band, recorder in the Christchurch Recorder Ensemble and sings in local world music choir Acapellago.
Cherrie Leefe BEd, DipTchg
Cherrie is a primary school music specialist teacher who also teaches violin and piano at several schools on the North Shore, Auckland. Cherrie has taken on the fundraising role for the ONZA committee this year. She is a keen advocate of using the Orff approach to teach music with creativity and passion. In her leisure time she paints landscapes, kayaks, walks, and sings or plays violin with a group of musicians. She also makes time for her three gorgeous grandchildren.
Christoph Maubach MEd Melbourne, GradDipTchg Waikato, DIPT Orff-Institut
Christoph is a retired university lecturer and now spends his time as free-lancer between Germany and New Zealand. He has been a committee member of ONZA for many years and is a board member of the IOSFS, the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg. In addition to his involvement with Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses, Christoph has a passion for early childhood music and community singing. He worked with kindergarten and community singing groups in the Waikato and in the Far North and led the Young Voices in Hamilton. Christoph is also a committee member of MEW, Music Education Waikato.
Debbie is a Primary trained teacher, with experience teaching Music, Dance, Drama and Singing to students in Northland. Debbie is an experienced musical theatre performer, with her most memorable roles being Eponine in Les Miserables, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Grizabella in Cats and Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, all staged in Whangarei. She is a founding member of Opera North, having sung under the tuition of Joan Kennaway QMC. Debbie has gained her level one and two certificates in Orff Schulwerk and is now the Northland regional ONZA Rep, presenting Orff workshops in Whangarei to Northland teachers. This year Debbie began music mentoring with two schools in Whangarei, presenting Orff pedagogy with a Northland flavour.
Hazel Roggen BMus, LTCL, AIRMT, Suzuki 3, Orff 4, Kodaly Sec1
Hazel Roggen is an experienced studio teacher of traditional and Suzuki piano approaches and is the parent of professional musicians. She regularly tutors at Suzuki camps and workshops. Her traditional piano pedagogy training began in Switzerland, Suzuki training in New Zealand and Australia, Master of Education is underway at the University of Waikato. Orff and Kodaly techniques are incorporated into studio practice. Hazel’s students include preschool beginners through to diploma level and adult students, music enhances every stage of life. Many former students are career musicians. Besides pets and garden, Hazel enjoys technology and has been webmaster for ONZA since 2010
Janine Wymer BA (Educ), ATCL, DipEdit
Janine has been part of the ONZA committee for 5 years and is currently the librarian, minutes secretary and a keen member of the Auckland Marimba Festival team. She is a primary-trained music specialist at Mellons Bay School and splits her time between this and private piano tuition. Right now she is enjoying using storybooks as inspiration for Orff- based classroom lessons (check out the ONZA website for recent storybook additions to the library). In her spare time Janine is gradually ticking off some of New Zealand’s great cycle rides.
Jo Charman GradDipEd (Arts), DipTchg, DipAdult Ed, Level 4 Orff
Jo has been a Music and Drama specialist in primary, early childhood and tertiary environments, and currently teaches music at Wakaaranga Primary in Auckland. Singing in choirs and musical theatre from an early age fostered a love of performing Arts, and the creative and integrated approach of the Orff Schulwerk drew Jo in. Jo tutors in the Orff teacher training courses, the ONZA mentoring programme, and facilitates Primary Schools Workshops, enjoying every opportunity to see teachers supported and music programmes developed in schools. When not singing in her local community choir and vocal trio, Jo likes to disappear behind the lens of a camera in pursuit of one day, a National Geographic quality photograph of New Zealand’s wildlife
With a strong musical upbringing and a Jazz performance degree, Jeremy began his teaching pathway by sharing his love of Taonga Pūoro and Waiata Māori with primary school Kapahaka groups. Armed with a GradDip and ONZA levels 1-4, he has taught in over 20 schools and run a CRT music programme in 3. He has attended music education workshops in Austria, Italy, Sweden, and Estonia, as well as learning and presenting at workshops and wananga locally. Jeremy is passionate about equipping young people with the tools, awareness and inclination to express themselves musically.
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Maria majored in ancient Maori instruments and vocal performance opera in her BMus(Hons) degree. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Music Major, a Post Graduate Diploma ECE (early childhood), a Diploma of teaching primary, a Diploma in Maori visual arts and ‘te reo’. Maria is a trained Kodaly and Orff practitioner. She currently teaches children from grade 1 through to grades 7 & 8. Maria is a seasoned performer in musical theatre, opera and other genres of music. Maria is available on the Orff committee to speak into bi-cultural spaces in the music classroom. Maria runs workshops on bi-cultural education in Aotearoa and has written an article for MENZA magazine on bi-cultural music education in the classroom.
Dr. Millie is an ONZA levels teacher and coordinates ONZA’s professional development programmes. Millie has been involved in music education in Aotearoa, New Zealand, in various educational and community-based settings (early childhood, primary and tertiary) for many years. In the mid-nineties, Millie was awarded a fellowship to undertake AOSA Level 2 (1996) & Level 3 (1997) in Orff Schulwerk at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Since that time, she has been deeply involved in the ongoing process of adapting this approach to local music education settings. Millie currently teaches in the School of Music at Auckland University. Her current research interests include Orff-inspired music teacher formation, critically responsive pedagogy, and, composition and improvisation in primary school.
Renée moved to New Zealand in 2005. She became involved with ONZA from its early stages and started teaching the levels courses in 2008.
Between 2005 and 2010, Barbara Haselbach from the Orff institute was a regular presenter in Aotearoa. Under Barbara’s influence, Renée decided to undertake a postgraduate degree in music and dance at the Orff Institute in Austria (2011). Renée is particularly interested in the integration of music and movement. She holds a Masters degree in music education from Canada and she lives in Wairoa, Northern Hawkes Bay where she teaches music part-time and also privately.
Robyn McQueen PGDipEd, BA, DipTchg (Primary), CertTESOL
Robyn teaches classroom music at Bayfield Primary School in central Auckland. She has served ONZA in many roles, most recently as a teacher mentor. In recent years she has enjoyed developing ideas that lead students to create and compose with a visual stimulus as a starting point. She is completing her MEd in 2021 with a focus on student agency and culturally responsive practice in primary music classrooms in Aotearoa. Along with general committee participation, Robyn edits a blog for ONZA members. Suggestions and contributions from members are welcome. email@example.com
Robyn Trinick MEd, LTCL(MusEd), AdvDipTchg
Robyn is a tertiary educator specialising in primary and early childhood music education and primary literacy education at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland. She began her career in education as a generalist primary teacher working mainly in South Auckland primary schools. Music was always an integral part of her classroom teaching, and she saw the benefits of music for all aspects of learning. These early experiences, alongside inspiration from Orff-Schulwerk conferences and workshops, has developed into a particular interest in music and language connections. More recently, she has used music to nurture her grandson, who has PURA syndrome, and has an increasing interest in the principles and practices of music therapy.
Rosemary Song MEd, MMus/BMus-Collaborative Piano, Cert TESOL)
Rosemary is a music specialist teacher at ACG Parnell College, teaching Years 1-8. She completed Orff certification both in South Korea (2012) and Australia (2015). She organises regular performance opportunities for students through Maestro Music Centre, an organisation she established with her husband who is a cellist. She has been a member of ONZA since 2017 and is currently in charge of marimba hire. When she is not working as a teacher and collaborative pianist, Rosemary likes to play the organ, enjoy yoga time, and play with her baby girl.
Shirley Harvey BA, DipTchg, DipEd, LTCL
Shirley is a retired primary trained teacher with music education teaching experience in ECE, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts. Her current responsibility on the ONZA committee is music PD in early childhood settings. She enjoys infusing an Orff approach into play with young grandchildren, and into her private music teaching. When she is not teaching or organising PD, she may be cycling, kayaking, gardening – or even singing with other members of her Threshold choir at a bedside.