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The Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand (IRMTNZ) is a professional organisation which supports music teachers by providing regular professional development opportunities and upholding standards of excellence in the teaching of the art of music.

Ritmico coverOur aims are:

  • To develop the musical potential of each student
  • To promote and encourage excellence in music education
  • To provide opportunities for performance and encourage creativity
  • To promote musical understanding of all genres
  • To provide music teachers with continuing education
  • To ensure that music continues to be part of the
        future cultural heritage of New Zealand

The IRMTNZ produces a Journal "Ritmico" three times a year which is
  sent to all members and subscription holders.

 Our annual conference is usually held in January each year and includes the Annual General Meeting, seminars, workshops and performances, and provides an opportunity for professional development for attendees. 

Conference 2017: January 17-21 College House Christchurch

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The Christchurch Branch of IRMTNZ is looking forward to hosting IRMTNZ�s Conference 2017, from Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 21 January at College House, University of Canterbury. With the emphasis on construction, you will see many features of the rebuild of our city as we look into the life-long development of a musician.

We are pleased to announce our two international presenters � NZ pianist Read Gainsford, Professor of Piano at Florida State University, and prominent Australian violinist and teacher, Robin Wilson. Each will present a masterclass, several addresses and a recital. We also have a range of well-known local presenters, all experts in their fields.

One highlight will be an off-site day at our brand new music centre, �The Piano � Centre for Music and the Arts�, replacing the original Music Centre in Barbadoes Street. The two recitals featuring our international guests will be at venues new to many � the concert hall at The Piano, and the Transitional �Cardboard� Cathedral respectively.

You will have the opportunity to take a bus tour around the city to see first-hand the progress made over the past few years. There will also be free time and you may like to watch performers in the International Buskers Festival at various locations around the city.

We hope that many IRMTNZ members will join us in Christchurch for an exciting and motivating start to 2017!

For further information please see the flyer, conference registration and program brochure, or contact Katherine Jones at irmtconf.2017@gmail.com

Join Us!

Gaining registration as an Associate member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers is a worthwhile achievement and a qualification to hold proudly. The IRMTNZ welcomes applications for membership from music teachers.  Associate membership is granted to those who have satisfied the Registration Board's criteria for registration. Provisional membership is granted to those who are close to completing the requirements for full registration. Students who have recently graduated with a music degree or music diploma are also welcome to apply as a Student Graduate, as a stepping stone to full Associate membership. Please see the Membership page for more details.

Affiliate Individual and Affiliate Organisation membership is now also available - click on the links to see our current Affiliate members.

Foundation Course

The Foundation Course is designed for musicians who have attained senior levels in practical and theory components and who wish to pursue a career in teaching music. It is a prerequisite to further advanced training courses. The Foundation Course consists of three parts, covering philosophy of learning and teaching; pedagogy technical skills; teaching methods and procedures; and establishing a music practice.

Student Graduates are encouraged to register for the course. Part Three may be taken by current AIRMT members for their own professional maintenance. For further details refer to the Professional Training page or contact the Foundation Course Coordinator, Wendy Hunt at wendyhunt0@gmail.com

Intermediate Course

The Intermediate Course helps participants acquire and apply a wide range of technical skills relating to pedagogy and teaching methods for the candidate's chosen instrument at the Grade 4 - 5 level and follows on from the Foundation Course. For further details refer to the Professional Training page or contact the Intermediate Course Coordinator, Wendy Hunt at wendyhunt0@gmail.com


The IRMTNZ  offers the Diploma of the Institute. There is no closing date; applications will be accepted as they are received. Refer to the DipIRMT Syllabus  for more details, and also to the Ritmico article on DipIRMT in Early Childhood Music that has been written by a recent graduate of this diploma.

Bard of Cornwall

Congratulations to Heather Gladstone QSM who has been admitted as a Bard of the Gorsedh in Cornwall. This is awarded by the Gorsedh Council for exceptional service to Cornwall. Heather has been given the bardic name of _Kernowes Ilowek _which means "musical Cornish woman".

Queens 90th Birthday 2016 Honours List

We congratulate IRMTNZ member Elisabeth Judy Bellingham who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to classical singing.

New Years 2016 Honours List

We congratulate the following IRMTNZ Member who has been honoured:
Mrs Mary Davies of Waipukurau � awarded QSM (Queen�s Service Medal) for services to music.

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