Teacher Training in Music Technology Workshops

Integrating Composition and MIDI/Music Technology to foster a creative environment

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.

Recently one of my students won the "Play It Strange" Lion Foundation competition for New Zealand and we regularly have students as national finalists. Music technology is integral to their process to move beyond just composing for a task to producing something they are happy to publish to Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube.


Overview of the workshop:

  • 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

  • integrating Music Technology and 'Radio' Unit Standards to create a course that caters for all learners

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

  • structuring composition for the new NCEA level 1

Cost: $169 + GST
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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.



2023 Dates are TBC but probably around 24-27 April


2023 Dates are TBC but probably around 24-27 April


2023 Dates are TBC but probably around 24-27 April


2023 Dates are TBC but probably around 24-27 April

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


12:30pm – 1:30pm
Session Three  |  Year 12


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.”