Who are we?

What is ONZA?logo-watermark-larg

ONZA is a professional association which supports the development of skills and knowledge in the music and movement pedagogy based on the work of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. The holistic approach, referred to as the Orff Schulwerk, integrates singing, speech, movement and playing. The Schulwerk enables inclusive music-making and dance, in which participants learn at their own level. This approach is used in a variety of educational and community settings throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

logo-salzburgOur purpose

ONZA exists to promote Orff music education pedagogy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It supports and enables the holistic musical development of children by offering a wide range of professional learning opportunities,  which support the application of elemental music and movement in NZ educational and therapeutic settings.



Values of ONZA

ONZA supports the following values:

  • Collaboration
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Participation
  • Passion 
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Integration of art forms
  • Professional skills and knowledge
  • Community

The impact of ONZA

Through the growing membership of ONZA and the activities of skilled Orff practitioners, ONZA has an ever-increasing impact on music and movement education and community music-making in Aoteoroa/New Zealand settings. That has been achieved through:

  • Workshops
  • Week-long intensive courses at four different levels
  • A postgraduate music/movement education programme at the University of Waikato
  • Encouraging the development of research in music and movement education
  • Community music and dance events
  • Supporting the development of Orff-based programmes in schools and other settings.

The structure of ONZADSC_0019

ONZA is an incorporated society (also registered as a charity) governed and administered by music and movement educators. Currently there are around 100 fully subscribed members nationwide.

The Society has a governing committee elected annually for a two-year term. Since 2014 an Administrator has been contracted to assist the organisation in its work.