Musicianship & PD

The Muse Community Music Trust aims to support professional development for music teachers within Christchurch and across New Zealand.

We are inviting people interested in gaining a Kodaly qualification, for whom the financial burden of travelling is a barrier, to apply for a scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs for the two-part Kodály Music Pedagogy course being held in Hawke’s Bay on 12–18 April and 1–3 June 2019. If this money will make the difference between attending or not, then please apply.

This is an opportunity to transform your music teaching and practice.  Please see more information about the course below. We are particularly keen on building a Kodaly trained community in the South Island, but will consider applications from all over New Zealand.

Depending on demand, we may also contribute to the course fees for some participants.

Please do forward this opportunity to any colleagues you think may be interested.

To apply, please click here.

Best wishes,
The Muse Community Music Trust

About the course

Kodály Aotearoa and Project Prima Volta, in conjunction with The Cuskelly College of Music, offer the programme as a two-part intensive course, allowing participants time to practise and complete assessment tasks between each block. The tutors are amongst the best in their field internationally and have years of teaching this programme in Australia, Asia, New Zealand, USA and Hungary.

The course is based on the philosophies and teachings of Hungarian musician and educator, Zoltán Kodály. The aural-vocal approach to teaching music that grew out of Kodaly’s philosophies is widespread and can be found in schools, universities and communities all over the world.

Catering for music specialists, classroom and studio teachers wanting to develop music literacy using an engaging and sequenced approach, the teaching pedagogy focuses on the voice as the primary instrument for learning and teaching. Incorporating games, movement, instruments, reading and writing music, the teaching sequence follows students’ natural learning development: listen – sing – understand – play/create – read and write – compose.


Week 1: 12-18 April inclusive (7 days Friday to Thursday)

Week 2: 1-3 June inclusive (3 days Saturday to Monday)

For more information, see

About The Muse Community Music Trust

The Muse provides musical initiatives to people of all ages and ability.


  • Excellence without competition

  • Cross cultural understanding and interaction

  • Innovative, holistic and nurturing learning experiences

  • Professional development in community music

  • Inspiring creativity in individuals

We aim to:

  • Provide music resources to individuals, cultural and community groups

  • Organise workshops, classes, festivals and concerts

  • Support and train community music educators

  • Liaise with other musical organisations