Thank you for attending the moderation meeting the other day. It was so lovely to see you all and re-connect with other music teachers. After the meeting, I was reflecting on how marvellous group of teachers we have in Christchurch and Westland. Your passion for students and dedication to teaching students are outstanding. A warm welcome to Anna from Shirley Boys’ High School and Nicholas from Lincoln High School to CWSMTA group. It was awesome to have your point of view at the meeting. It seems that we will be facing significant changes from 2020, and I am sure we will know more about the details soon.
The Moderation meeting began with an introduction from Chris Archer and Hannah Wilson’s current project with the Arts Centre. They gave us some ideas on how we might be able to hire their venue by combining 2-3 schools and organise a concert which will be a more feasible idea. https://www.artscentre.org.nz/
During the meeting, all of you were professional, and each of you had constructive opinions, and we have moderated material together well. There were many moments of ‘Myth Buster’ during this meeting. https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/assessment-and-moderation-of-standards/managing-national-assessment-in-schools/ncea-the-myths/
Some points being made were that some schools have been asking students to do Level 3 solo performance way too many. The programmed music can be two songs. There is no timelimit written in the standard, either. This topic has been discussed in the previous meeting with Delysse Glynn from NZQA, also.
Songwriting assessment still to be a mysterious topic of assessing, however after implementing Duncan’s matrix (but minus the number aspects from his model), we all found his matrix to be highly useful. Well done, Duncan.
Music Works, Research and Context: Several teachers have been tackling L3 Music Work + Context as more of Research topic delivery. There are still some useful resources from the past in TKI or the POND. http://cwsmta.org.nz/resources-and-useful-links/ We talked about exchanging some of the resources. CWSMTA will upload some of the Music Work(s) material in the resources section on this website. With regards to 2.9 Investigate NZ Music, Music Commission has good resources. https://www.nzmusic.org.nz/resources/education/level-2-ncea-resources/
Arranging and Composition: Great ideas from everybody. Clarification from Sue that we do not need to change the genres to be accepted into the arranged piece. It can be arranged for the same genre. http://cwsmta.org.nz/arranging-resources/ http://cwsmta.org.nz/songwriting-videos/
For the aural and harmony components, Duncan’s resource is in favour by the teachers. Thanks, Duncan, for creating fantastic resources.
Technology standards: Brad Banks from Shirley Boys promised us he would be able to share his expertise sometime this year. Meanwhile, CWSMTA will also organise workshops for technology workshops for advanced teachers. Please let Nanako knows your prefered presenters.
Scholarship Music: We concluded that we do not need Scholarship Workshop as students no longer have an exam, but they will be submitting portfolio and video evidence. They are only allowed to enter for either: performance, composition or musicology. https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/new-zealand-scholarship/scholarship-subjects/scholarship-music/
The portfolio should be submitted, through a process advised by NZQA, on the Music subject page in Term 3, 2019.
MENZA Conference: MENZA conference will be held in Christchurch this year in October, if you have not signed up, please sign up soon! https://menzaconference.co.nz/
CWSMTA, MENZA, CSM, Early Childhood representatives will be travelling to Westland area on Saturday 29th to do workshops.
Subsequent moderation meeting will be on Friday, October 18th. Meanwhile, CWSMTA will organise technology workshops, composition workshop(s), and music works, context and research seminar this year. Watch this space!
AGM: Thanks for all of your input to the meeting. Nanako (Chair), Kate (Secretary) and Regan (Treasurer) remains the previous position. Steve Chapman stepped down and we welcomed the former chairperson, Dave Pitt, to be our new vice-chairperson. MEC rep to be Kate which is the same as last year, and we welcomed Brad Banks as our ITM rep for CWSMTA.
P.S. The most of you have changed over to Google groups mailing system from Yahoo groups now. If you have not, or if we missed some of you please let Nanako know.
P.S.S. Your e-certificate will be on its way…thanks for attending.