Teacher Training in Music Technology


Creating a course that is relevant to the commercial music industry

Students are motivated to work when they know the compositions they produce will have an audience. Using technology, they can create musical works that sound like those that they hear on the radio or on Spotify.

As part of this day we will look at how you can create tasks that enable students to compose pieces of music that meet the requirements of multiple Achievement and Unit Standards in composition and technology.

Topics covered:

  • How to teach mixing so that students can create 'commercial' sounding mixes of their original compositions (you will be creating your own 'mix' as we work through the day learning about EQ, compression, reverb and using auxiliary 'busses').

  • What software and tasks work well for years 9–13

  • How developing good values around creativity and sharing can enable students to initiate collaboration 

Duncan will provide you with his composition tasks at years 9-13 as well as tutorial videos you can take back to your students.

This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced teachers of technology. All teachers need to have recording software on their laptop to make the most of the day. If you are new to this, use GarageBand if you have a Mac, or use Studio One Prime if you have Windows (both are free software). However, you will need to have watched some 'getting started' guides on YouTube so you are familiar with the basics.

GarageBand users should ensure they have the latest version.

SPECIAL DEAL - if you are coming to the MENZA conference on 7–9 October in Christchurch stay on and attend Duncan's Christchurch workshop on 10 October for only $129 + GST



Monday 8 April

Logan Park High School


Tuesday 15 October



Thursday 11 April

Rongotai College


Thursday 10 October

St Andrew's College

Please note that the Christchurch Workshop is the day
after the MENZA Conference. 
All workshops run from 9.30am–2.45pm.
Teachers who need assistance with setting up their mixing software and with importing audio are welcome to arrive at 9am to get some assistance.

Payment is due on receipt of invoice and must be paid

in advance. No refunds will be given for non-attendance.

Please note: morning tea will be provided but you will need to provide your own lunch.

The Auckland workshop is now full - there are spaces still available for the Christchurch workshop below.

Please click here to register for the Christchurch workshop.

Cost: $129 + GST (Christchurch workshop)


Dunedin and Auckland Workshops in April 2019

“I enjoyed the workshop, it was informative and interactive.

I am planning my term 2 classes directly based on what I've learned.”