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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

Many IRMTNZ members joined us in Christchurch for an exciting and motivating start to 2017!

With the emphasis on construction (very apt as our city is being rebuilt) the conference focused on the life-long development of a musician. Two international presenters, NZ pianist Read Gainsford, Professor of Piano at Florida State University, and prominent Australian violinist and teacher, Robin Wilson, each presented a masterclass, several addresses and a recital. We also had a range of well-known local presenters, all experts in their fields.

One of the highlights was an off-site day at our brand new music centre, The Piano, Centre for Music and the Arts. The two recitals featuring our international guests were held at venues new to many - the concert hall at The Piano, and the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral respectively.

Click here for photos taken at the Conference.

Join Us!

At the 2017 AGM, members approved exciting changes to our membership model to help both aspiring and existing music teachers into the IRMTNZ. Please see the Membership page for more details.

Affiliate Individual and Affiliate Organisation membership is also available for those individuals and organisations who are not music teachers but who identify with and wish to support the IRMTNZ in its goals.

Teacher Training and Education

The IRMTNZ offers the following Teacher Training Courses. For further details of all these courses refer to the Professional Training page or contact the Foundation Course Coordinator, Wendy Hunt at wendyhunt0@gmail.com

New - Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

The Education Council has worked with IRMT and MENZA to develop a TER programme for teachers who need to renew their Provisional Practicing Certificate. See Professional Training page for more details.

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.

Provisional members and aspiring teachers are encouraged to apply for the Foundation Course. Part Three may be taken by current AIRMT members for their own professional maintenance.

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.

Advanced Course

This course follows on from the Intermediate Course and covers networking, pedagogy and detailed studies of music types. Participants must commit to three phases of study and a practical workshop day.


The DipIRMT is currently under revision - details to follow.

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".

New Years Honours 2017 List

We congratulate Ms Helen Willberg of Lower Hutt, an IRMTNZ Member, who was awarded the Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to music.

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.

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