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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

It has a theme, and it displays resilience. (Here's a flier image). More details to follow

Year Book 2015/16

The online Year Book is now available.  Part 1 contains general information, notice of the 2016 AGM, previous AGM minutes,  financial statements and the President's Report.
Part 2 contains a "snapshot" register of members as at 30 November 2015.

Talkfest 2016 - Join the Conversation!

with John Drummond, Emeritus Professor, Otago University,    16 January 2016,   CQ Hotels, Wellington
Where do we want to go? Our Vision
How will we get there? Our Plan
Members came and contributed their valuable knowledge, ideas and opinions.
The outputs of this day will form the way forward - details to follow.

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.

Professional Development Survey 2015

Active members are asked to complete the Professional Development Survey which can be accessed online here. This is compulsory for all Provisional Members, Student Graduates and those who attained Associate membership since 2013. It is not a requirement for Retired Members. The form is available here.

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.

Conference 2015: Lilburn’s Legacy: Fostering Musical Creativity
        Wellington, January 15-18 

The Wellington branch hosted an enjoyable Conference 2015 at the CQ Hotel Cuba Street Wellington. The 100th anniversary of New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn's birth (1915-2001) was celebrated with informative talks by keynote speaker Philip Norman and others, and many excellent performances with music by New Zealand composers.

Films of selected presentations and performances from the conference that were taken by SOUNZ are available here.  

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.

Queens Birthday 2015 Honours List

We congratulate Associate Professor Rae de Lisle of Auckland, a Fellow of the Institute, 
who was  awarded ONZM (Officer of the Order of New Zealand) for services to music.

We also congratulate Dr Philip Thomas Norman of Christchurch (keynote speaker at the Conference 2015 in Wellington) who was awarded CNZM (Companion of the Order of New Zealand) for services to music and musical theatre.

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