Who are we?



What is ONZA?

logo-watermark-largONZA 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 originally referred to as  Orff Schulwerk integrates singing,  speech, movement and dance, and playing. The Orff approach 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.

Our purpose

ONZA’s goal is to support and enable holistic musical development by offering a wide range of professional learning opportunities,  which support the application of Orff principles and practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand.



Values of ONZA

ONZA promotes:

  • Collaboration
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Participation
  • Passion
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Integration of art forms
  • Professional skills and knowledge
  • Arts education research
  • 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 pedagogy in educational (including ECE),  community and therapeutic settings.
  • The establishment of a collegial network.

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.