Waiata In The Dark - DR Karyn Paringatai - 9.30am, Friday 23 July
About this Workshop
The revival of an ancient Māori method of teaching in the dark has had spectacular results for Dr Karyn Paringatai and her students and she shares this with us in this workshop. Paringatai felt that the same technique might help her students to focus on what they were hearing, rather than what they were seeing, when they were learning the lyrics and tune or beat to various waiata and haka. Inhibitions were lost, listening skills and pronunciation were enhanced, and songs that previously took most of the students several weeks to learn from words projected on a wall were mastered in a couple of hours. Paringatai says that there were other benefits too. “The students gained confidence and there was more time to spend on their performance skills and on understanding and emotionally connecting with the items, which led to higher grades.”
Dr Karyn Paringatai (Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies) research interests are in a number of areas that intersect at various points. These are:
She is a co-director of an Otago Research Theme, Poutama Ara Rau, alongside Professor Jacinta Ruru (Faculty of Law) and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Christchurch Medical School). The aim of Poutama Ara Rau is to research how Māori knowledge and teaching and learning pedagogies can transform tertiary teaching to enhance student success.
HOW TO Haka AND STILL HAVE A SINGING VOICE - HINEKOIA TOMLINSON - 4.00pm, Saturday 24 July
About this Workshop
Me haka tātou! (We should all Haka)
Debunking the myth that Haka is bad for your voice, Hinekoia explores vocal techniques for an effective and efficient Haka. Utilising examples from some of Aotearoa's top Kapahaka groups, Hinekoia invites you on a journey of discovery and learning. Kua takoto te mānuka!
Hinekoia Tomlinson is a highly trained and experienced vocal coach with 20 years of coaching experience.
After graduating from Auckland University with an Honours Degree in Music Hinekoia went on to become Head Vocal Coach at EXCEL School of Performing Arts. During her 15 years at EXCEL, Hinekoia trained vocalists performing in a wide variety of genres including; pop, rock, folk, gospel, jazz, RnB, reggae and music theatre.
With a passion for Kapahaka, Hinekoia is part of Te Taha Tu, a Tāmaki Makaurau based rōpū. Providing both group and individual vocal training for Te Matatini 2017 and 2019 campaigns.
Hinekoia has been trained in voice physiology and has completed the Estill Figure Proficiency qualification. She is currently working towards, and well into training to become an Estill Master Teacher. Hinekoia has also been responsible for developing vocal training curricula/programs at various Tertiary levels and training vocal coaches to deliver this content.
Alexander Technique In the Studio - Suryagita Cox - 9.30am, Sunday 25 July
About this workshop
Suryagita will share her experience with Alexander Technique through her multidisciplinary lense, and how it can be useful to singing teachers in their studios, not just for their students, but for the teachers themselves.
Suryagita is an experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique, voice coach and psychosynthesis counsellor. She offers individual lessons in the Alexander Technique for help with posture, breathing, easing back and neck pain, repetitive strain injury, stress reduction and mindfulness. Suryagita also gives voice coaching sessions - for singing, speaking and presentation skills, and runs an all-levels choir, Libero Singers, in central Wellington. She is a certified Alexander Technique teacher, has a Diploma in Counselling, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy with the Institute of Psychosynthesis NZ.