We are once again looking for a song that can be sung by hundreds of schools across the country come the end of May. Is it you?
- Be easy to sing (word setting that makes sense, and easy memorable melodies)
- Be relate-able and suitable for many to sing – Lyrically speaking they will say something of our cultural identity, our history, how we see ourselves.
- Have that special something!
- We would love to see the use of Te Reo Maori and other Pasifika languages!
Terms and Conditions of Entry can be found here: Get your applications in!
A Massive Thankyou To You All! (Hook Line and Sing-a-long wraps up for 2013)
Last Friday 31st May over 20,000 school students across the country came together to celebrate NZ Music by singing the song of NZ Music Month 2013 ‘Paradise’ by Waimarie Smith of St Peter’s Cambridge.
Hook Line and Sing-a-long is a joint project of MENZA (Music Educators New Zealand Aotearoa) and The New Zealand Music Commission (with support from the Lion Foundation), which champions singing our songs in our schools.
We’ve been delighted with the enthusiasm for Hook Line and Sing-a-long this year with over 50 schools who participated – each in their own unique way.
Some of you gathered together your whole school, to sing ‘Paradise’ and other Hook Line and Sing-a-long songs ’21 Degrees’, ‘Huarahi Tika (Things to Remember)’ and ‘Made in NZ’. Others of you sang your school songs, the National Anthem and popular NZ favourites in addition to ‘Paradise’. Many of you signed along to Paradise, and made Hook Line and Sing-a-long a special occasion at your school by inviting parents, friends and the wider community into the celebrations. All of you participated with the greatest enthusiasm and creativity and we’ve been enjoying hearing of the various arrangements, instrumentations, and interactive ways you engaged with Hook Line and Sing-a-long for 2013.
Below is a list of schools who participated – if you took part and you are not on this list please let us know.
|Bairds Mainfreight Primary School|
|Bishop Viard College|
|David Street School|
|Dilworth Junior School|
|East Tamaki Primary School|
|Elm Park School|
|Frankton Primary School|
|Hillcrest High School|
|James Cook School|
|Konini Primary School|
|Mangere East School|
|Manurewa West Primary School|
|Mission Heights Primary School|
|Musselburgh Primary School|
|Nelson Intermediate School|
|Panmure Bridge School|
|St Ignatius Catholic School|
|St Mary’s College (welli)|
|St Peters School Cambridge|
|St Pius X (Glen Innes)|
|Summerland Primary School|
|The Redwood Kindergarten and Daycare|
|Whangarei Heads School|
Photos, videos and tales from the day have been streaming into our office – and we will be uploading these to share with you all on our website www.hooklineandsingalong.com and passing onto MENZA for their website and publications.
We encourage you to send in pics of the day and any video footage you have – or for those of you who’ve not been in touch, we’d love to hear what you got up to.
For anyone who would like further copies of the ‘Paradise’ flyer, or Hook Line and Sing-a-long CD let us know and we can get these out to you over the coming week: email email@example.com.
For the mean time – enjoy this clip of East Tamaki Primary, Kowhai Intermediate and Edendale School performing ‘Paradise’ on Good Morning television and look out for ‘Paradise’ on Matariki Magic on Maori Television in late June.
The New Zealand Music Commission
Stephanie Lees and Catherine Walker.
‘In the Morning You Can Hear?’ (Getting Ready for Hook Line and Sing-a-long 2013)
The beautiful sounds of New Zealand children singing Waimarie’s ‘Paradise’ with its soulful melody, taonga puoro backing and contrasting upbeat reggae groove chorus.
All over the country, from Limehills in the far south to Kaitaia in the north schools tell us they are enjoying singing the Songs of NZ Music Month 2013; “Paradise” by Waimarie Smith and “Good Friends” by St Pius X students. These songs were released at the Music Month launch on the 1st of May and are part of a family of songs from the ‘Write the Song of NZ Music Month’ competition that has been held for the past four years. Previous winners “Made in NZ”, (2010) “Huarahi Tika” (2011) and “21 Degrees” (2012) are being called classics and are very much part of the airwaves in our schools.
All songs are available for free download with backing tracks and lead sheets also at http://www.hooklineandsingalong.com
At Fairfield School, a Full Primary School in Dunedin, Paradise has quickly become a favourite and as with many schools around Aotearoa, is being sung at class/syndicate/assembly singing, as well as being played in the background while children complete other tasks.
In Southland Hook, Line and Sing-a-long day and NZ Music Month will be celebrated all week long. The annual SIT kids concert series runs May 28-31. All day shows are now full but there is a special, family friendly, FREE evening concert on Wednesday May 29 at 7pm at Centrestage. SIT students will be performing the Hook Line and Sing-a-long songs all week, as well as visiting Windsor North primary school on May 31st at lunchtime to join voices.
Here are students from many Auckland schools together rehearsing “Paradise” using “NZ Sign Language” during NZSL week http://menza.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Massed-Choir-Rehearsal-at-Dilworth.mov
In the Waikato they are lucky to have songwriter, Waimarie Smith performing with a school backing-band at St Peter’s and a large group of combined schools are meeting at the Faculty of Education at noon.
School who have been singing to date :
Bairds Mainfreight Primary School
David Street School
Dilworth Junior School
East Tamaki Primary School
Elm Park School
Frankton Primary School
Hillcrest High School
James Cook School
Konini Primary School
Manurewa West Primary School
Musselburgh Primary School
St Mary’s College (Welli)
St Peters School Cambridge
St Pius X (Glen Innes)
Summerland Primary School
The Redwood Kindergarten and Daycare
Whangarei Heads School
MENZA – Music Education NZ Aotearoa – our national music teachers professional group, and the New Zealand Music Commission are so very pleased to know that these songs written by young New Zealanders are being enjoyed by so many this Music Month and for the years to come. Hook Line and Sing-a-long is a fitting end to NZ Music Month and a wonderful celebration of the creativity of our students!
How Do I Participate in Hook Line and Sing-a-long 2013?
Now that the winning song ‘Paradise’ by Waimarie Smith (St Peter’s College) has been chosen, what does it mean to participate in Hook Line and Sing-a-long?
All across the country, come noon 31st May, schools will be coming together to sing ‘Paradise’. What does this look like for your school?
You might consider:
- A special school assembly at noon – to sing Paradise, you could also sing some other NZ songs to celebrate NZ Music Month, or your school song, or last years winning songs from the competition.
- You might like to do your own arrangement of Paradise, rather than singing along to the backing track. What different groups, instrumentalists do you have in the school you could utilise?
- Could you do an acapella version of the song, with percussion instruments?
- Could you gather the school together and invite parents, and community members to join in?
- Take another look at the National Anthem, and all the fabulous resources available on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s website in particular this video http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/national-anthems in New Zealand Sign Language, Maori and English is pretty neat. You can also check out Waimarie’s song Paradise in sign language here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlHyZyUR4EA&feature=player_embedded
Hook Line and Sing-a-long is all about getting kids singing their songs, our songs, NZ songs, so whatever that looks like to you – let us know what you’re planning and we’ll help you whichever way we can!
Please let us know if you would like to receive a Hook Line and Sing-a-long CD and flyer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Music Month
Catherine and Stephanie,
The Education Team
NZ Music Commission
Waimarie Smith announced as winner of the ‘Write The Song of NZ Music Month’ competition at today’s NZMM public launch.
At noon today (1st May) young and old gathered around the Auckland library steps for the official NZ Music Month Public Launch. To kick off the proceedings the Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth, addressed the crowd and announced Waimarie Smith of St Peter’s School as this year’s winner of the ‘Write the Song of NZMM Competition’. Waimarie then took to the stage to sing her song entitled ‘Paradise’, followed by performances from Sistema Aotearoa, East Tamaki Primary and St Pius X school. Accompanying the kids with their violins, cellos and ukuleles were kiwi boy-band Titanium who were only to happy to join in on an enthusiastic rendition of their popular hit ‘Come on Home’.
‘Paradise,’ well received by the assembled VIPs and public outside the library marks the month’s beginning and will also signal its end as hundreds of school children nationwide come together to sing the song at noon on the 31st May in an event aptly titled ‘Hook Line and Sing-a-long.’
Judges Titanium, Massad and Eliza Benge (Pacifica Beats MAINZ scholarship winner 2013) felt Paradise was a clear winner with its beautiful verse melody, catchy chorus, and intelligent lyrics. They also wanted to make special mention of Angelica Siale and the Uprising Vibrations from St Pius X, who were a close second with their catchy, cheerful song ‘Good Friends’. Both songs have been recorded and will be available for teachers to use.
Recorded at Auckland’s iconic Stebbing Studio Waimarie worked alongside Musician Mentors Anna Coddington, Tonga Vaea (Three Houses Down) and Horomono Horo to flesh out her song; adding guitar, drums and elements of Taonga Puoro to the arrangement. The New Zealand Music Commission have been fortunate to have all three musicians working in schools for some years now under its Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme funded by the Ministry of Education. Another NZMC Musician Mentor and hiphop producer, Matt Faiumu Salapu (aka Anonymouz,) recorded the “Good Friends” track.
A flyer with both Paradise and Good Friends will appear in the Education Gazette, Monday 6 May and many teacher workshops are to be held around the country with a focus to learning to lead these songs on May 10th. See www.menza.co.nz to see where the nearest teacher music professional development day is for your region. Parents, teachers and schools start planning May 31st and Hook line and Sing-along now – let us know what you are up to and how we can help. email@example.com
See Waimarie interviewed on “Marae Investigates” TV1, 10 am Sunday 5th May.
Both tracks (and backing track versions) are available for download at www.hooklineandsingalong.com
Titanium and Massad, in search of the winning song for the NZ Music Month song-writing competition, take over the Music Commission Board Room!
Tuesday of last week we invited judges Titanium and Massad along with Eliza Benge (Pacifica Beats Mainz Scholarship Award Winner) and Maria Winder (MENZA; The professional umbrella organisation for music educators in NZ) to the Music Commission. Their mission; to decide who would take out the ‘Write the Song of NZ Music Month 2013’ competition and have their song sung by thousands of students on the 31st May for the 4th annual Hook Line and Sing-a-long.
After much debate, a winner was decided! We can’t announce names just yet, but we can say that the winning song stood out with its beautiful verse melody,catchy chorus and intelligent lyrical ideas drawing on New Zealand’s deep history.
A busy day at the iconic Stebbing’s Studio in Auckland followed, with the lucky winner working alongside Musician Mentors Anna Coddington, Tonga Vaea (Three Houses Down) and Horomono Horo adding elements of Taonga Puoro to the mix.
Anna, Tonga and Horomono, well versed in song-writing and arranging, have been mentoring in schools across New Zealand for many years under the Music Commission’s Mentoring in Schools Programme funded by the Ministry of Education.
The Winner will be announced at the official NZ Music Month Launch at noon on the 1st May at Auckland Central Library steps (Lorne St), with a few special (famous!) faces to boot and the young songwriter receiving his/her prizes from the Minister of Youth Affairs, the honourable Nikki Kaye.
Remember to register your school at firstname.lastname@example.org – we look forward to singing the song with you and thousands of kids across NZ at noon on the 31st May.
For more information you can check out our website here: http://hooklineandsingalong.com/
Check out Massad’s Music here: http://www.massadmusic.com/
Check out Titanium’s Music here: http://www.theedge.co.nz/Titanium.aspxFor more information about MENZA check out their website here http://www.menza.co.nz
Hook Line and Singalong is an annual songwriting competition open to all school aged children across New Zealand from Primary through to Secondary. The competition is run by the New Zealand Music Commission and MENZA.
The competition seeks to find a song that encapsulates what it means to be a New Zealander, what that means to you and what you love about Aotearoa.
The winning song is chosen by a panel of guest judges and becomes the song of Music Month sung at schools across the country at noon on the 31st May.
The winner will be flown to Auckland to professionally record the song as well as receiving a raft of prizes for you and your school!