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Teacher Training in Music Technology Workshops

Composition and Music Technology for the 'new' NCEA

At St Andrew’s College we have developed a great culture of having students push themselves in composition because they love the creative process, not just to ‘bank’ credits. Music technology is an integral part of helping students become self-motivated. Using MIDI technology, recording interfaces and their mixing skills students are able to produce high quality tracks like the ones my students produced here on Spotify.

The new developments in NCEA provide teachers and students with challenges and opportunities. Through this day we will explore ways of integrating individual and collaborative composition with music technology to create a programme for the new NCEA standard(s) that your students will find motivating and engaging.


Overview of the workshop:

  • creating a portfolio of composition for the new NCEA 1.4 - Create original music.

  • structuring composition for the new NCEA level 1

  • introducing junior students to the compositional process using notation and music tech tasks

  • using ‘basic’ recording/composition software such as Soundtrap, Bandlab & GarageBand with junior classes

  • options for free recording/composition software at senior levels (Ableton Live Intro, Reaper, Waveform Free)

  • designing group collaborative tasks

  • creating a positive culture of creativity

Cost: $169 + GST
Click here to register.

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.



26 April 2023

Rongotai College


Monday 17 July, 2023

Venue TBC

(subject to numbers)


27 April, 2023

SAE - Parnell


24 April, 2023

St Andrew's College

Day structure (subject to slight changes):

Laptop setup time, tea and coffee

Welcome and Intro

Overall compositional philosophy and practices  ‘Fostering a Creative Culture’

9.45am – 10.45am

Session One  |  Years 9–10

11.00am – 12.00pm
Session Two  |  Year 11 - the 'new' NCEA


12:30pm – 1:30pm
Session Three  |  Year 12 - draft standards


1.45pm – 2:30pm
Session Four  |  Year 13


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.” 


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