Research Overview

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Waikato was in part to help foster a culture of music education research at the University and beyond. The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Music Education) was viewed as laying a foundation for research at Masters level and beyond. The establishment of ONZA itself in 2005 became a stimulus for research, particularly in relation to the improvement of classroom practice.

Koro Why should an organisation like ONZA want to foster research? In part, this desire relates to ONZA’s role in Arts advocacy, including learning in and through the arts. The claims of Arts advocates are very much strengthened by evidence that is grounded in research.

The research listed below in chronological order is impressive testimony to ONZA’s success in encouraging practitioners and academics to investigate aspects of classroom practice that have a relationship with Orff-based principles and practices. Where possible, we provide an abstract and a link to the full (downloadable) text.