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March  2015
Events on March 17, 2015
  • Professor John Williams Inaugural Professorial
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
    Description: Practice versus theory: The value of Technology Education
    Technology Education is a core element of the New Zealand Curriculum and encompasses a lot more than just woodwork or digital technology. Because of its practical nature, it can be difficult to assess and is sometimes misunderstood or sidelined by subjects which are perceived as more ‘academic’. Professor Williams will describe his research, which aims to assess practice, and in so doing, help overcome the false dichotomy between theory and practice. He will argue that technology needs to be recognised as a broad and highly-valued subject.
    TIME: 6-7pm, Opus Bar open from 5pm
Events on March 20, 2015
  • Faculty of Education Colloquium
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: TT1.05
    Description: Pedro Manuel Martinez Monje
    (The University of the Basque Country, Spain)

    Digital citizenship in the knowledge societies
    Knowledge societies are the desired outcome of a new form of future societies. It is not clear, however, how this aspiration can be achieved or recognized by whole communities when inequality in terms of access to digital resources (digital divide) exist. Increasingly, digital access is becoming a new citizenship right on par with social welfare, health care and education in societies with welfare regimes. My presentation discusses the issues related to bridging this digital divide from a range of perspectives, political to different paradigms of social exclusion.
Events on March 21, 2015
  • POET Symposium
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: March 21, 2015 - 2:15 pm
    Location: MSB1.01 & MSB1.05 (Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton)
    Description: Hear local and international POET (Pedagogies of Educational Transitions) researchers share their research and discuss implications for research, policy and practice.
Events on March 25, 2015
  • Developing Middle Leadership in Secondary School learning series commences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Secondary School learning series commences
Events on March 26, 2015
  • Increasing Principal Effectiveness learning series commences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: TC1.05
Events on March 27, 2015
  • Faculty of Education Colloquium
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: TT1.05
    Description: Kylee Edwards
    Te Oranga The School of Human Development and Movement Studies
    An experimental gifted classroom in the 1950s: Reflections from class members


Orff-Schulwerk is a child-centred approach to music education, which uses songs, dances, rhymes, clapping games, poetry and stories drawn from the imaginative and cultural world of the child. Such material forms a starting point for teaching and learning activities and as a basis for exploring musical skills and concepts in an imaginative way.

A framework is established within which children improvise, compose and invent their own music, as well as learning to read and write music. This approach also employs an ensemble of instruments, which is typically comprised of a range of tuned and untuned percussion and recorders, although other traditional and non-traditional instruments may be added.  Orff music-making uses elemental features such as simple scales and repetitive accompaniments, which enable children to quickly achieve musical success. Improvisation and composition are encouraged as an important part of the Orff classroom.

German composer Carl Orff and his associate Gunild Keetman developed this approach to music education over several decades in the mid- Twentieth Century. Since the 1960s, interest in the relevance and application of the Orff Schulwerk principles has spread throughout the world. Interest in Orff-Schulwerk in New Zealand has burgeoned in the last ten years, and there is now a national organisation of music educators (ONZA) committed to supporting the development of this approach within the New Zealand context.

Orff at Waikato

In October, 2006, the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ONZA, in terms of which the two organisations would collaborate in the development of three masters-level papers in Orff Music Education: Theory and Practice.

The two papers offered in Orff theory and practice invite participants to develop an in-depth, experience-based knowledge of both the musical content and the pedagogical ideas embedded within the Schulwerk. Students will critically examine these ideas and practices in a way that is informed by other pedagogically based approaches to music education as well as by historical perspectives, educational philosophy and learning theory.

The Faculty of Education’s Arts and Language Education Department is the first in Australasia to offer qualifications in Orff Music Education.


Postgraduate Diploma (Education) (Music Education)
Master of Education