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CMPA Newsletter November 2007

Wednesday, 21st November, 7.30pm

Christchurch School of Music. Barbadoes St. Next to the Catholic Cathedral

7.15-7.30pm CMPA Library open

7.30 - 9.30pm “The Science of Musical Play” with Susan Foster-Cohen, Julie Wylie and Veronica Kidd. Looking at the science of musical play from a neurological perspective, knowing how to plan music classes with a view to calming, arousing, calming. Contains important research and clips from Ursula Salzer and Gheeti Roy.

Members free. $2 for non-members
Door code - 33941E

Coming up in December - Coffee and Desert at Curators Cottage


Please make sure you return library items this meeting. If you will not be there please let Kathy, Ursula or Jody know so we can arrange collection.
We are going to have a stocktake, repair and sort out of the CMPA library on Saturday 3rd February 2008. If you are able to help please let Jody know. We’ll put on lunch for all.
Our website is down at present. We are working on developing a new website. We will e-mail the details when it’s up and running.

Report from the 2nd National METANZ Hui - from Jody Keehan I was chuffed to be asked to travel up to Wellington on Saturday 27th October for the METANZ Hui with Veronica. We were there to represent Musical Parenting and Early Childhood Music Education and did so with passion! Music Education Trust Aotearoa New Zealand is an advocacy group set up to bring music education to the notice of Members of Parliament.

All areas of music education were represented with participants from IRMT, MENZA, university, secondary, primary, early childhood (including us), Music therapy, Chamber Music NZ etc. A panel discussion saw Gretchen La Roche from Creative NZ, Peter Walls CEO of the NZSO, Brendan Smyth from NZ On Air and Stephanie Lees Music Manager of the New Zealand Music Commission answer questions such as “if you were given $1,000,000 dollars for music education what would you do with it?”

It was a fantastic networking opportunity and Veronica and I made sure we spoke to as many people as we could about musical parenting and our philosophy.

There were two opportunities for group discussion and we led the discussion around the parents being the greatest asset for all levels of music education. We discussed how parents are the most important advocates when it comes to encouraging schools, community groups and government to pay attention to the importance of Music in any curriculum.

We will report back when we receive the recommendations from the hui.

“Music is Child’s Play” - 50 hour block course with Julie Wylie at Canterbury University starts on 18th January 2008. For more information or to register contact Ali Wegner 3667001 or online at www.universitycanterbury.ac.nz.

“Creative Music and Movement Education” Level 1 and 2 Course in Orff Schulwerk. Suzie Davies-Splitter, Sarah Brooke and Celia Stewart will present these 2 courses, running simultaneously from Monday 28th April to Saturday 3rd May at the University Of Canterbury, Wheki 302 Dovedale Ave campus. Each day will run from 8.45 to 5.45pm.

See Jody for a brochure. Applications close 14th March.

“Hansel & Gretel” presented by Movement Dance Centre

Sunday 11th November at 2pm and 6pm James Hay Theatre.

This show highlights the Jazz and ballet talents of students aged from 3 to 19 years old. Book at Ticketek.

NZ Cup and Show week 8 - 18 November.

Includes the A&P Show

Indian Diwali Fair - Celebrate Diwali - The Festival of Lights, with the Indian community in Christchurch

11 Nov 2007 5:30pm to 9:30pm - Rudolph Steiner School Grounds, Ombersley Terrace, Opawa

Last Night at the Proms - 17 Nov 2007 7.30pm - Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium.

In true British style, the merry songs of Gilbert & Sullivan will have you singing along with the Christchurch Syphony Orchestra. Come and join the Proms goers and sing your heart out with all the old favourites. Book at Ticketek.

“Charming China” is a royal performance show which will bring together leading artists, performers, musicians and players from New Zealand and China. 23 Nov 2007 7pm to Late - Christchurch Town Hall. Book at Ticketek.

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park - 24 Nov 2007 7.45pm to 10.15pm - Hagley Park North, ChristchurchOver 100,000 people will pack into North Hagley Park for one of the biggest outdoor party in the country, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park!! Free

“Kids for Kids Christmas” presented by World Vision, featuring Suzanne Prentice. Town Hall auditorium 26th to 28th November 7.30pm. Book at Ticketek.

“60th Anniversary Smiths City Christchurch Santa Parade” Sunday 2nd December, 2pm. Starting at Moorhouse Ave, the parade travels up Colombo Street to finish near Cranmer Square. Free.

AFFIRM” Aranui Family Festival - 1 Dec 2007 10am to 4am - Wainoni Park 37 Hampshire Street Christchurch

A celebration of families, culture and fun. A time to showcase local telent and enjoy the diversity of our Aranui Community.

If you have any information to go in the next newsletter, please e-mail me at

k.keehan@xtra.co.nz or ring 03-3522106. Cheers, Jody

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