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Wayne Senior

Wayne Senior

Academic Staff Member
Music and performing arts, postgraduate supervisor

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  • MA (Music) (Dist)

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I have spent a lifetime as a musician working in a wide variety of fields: popular music, jazz, orchestral, choral, and I love being able to pass on to my students the skills and enormous pool of knowledge I have accumulated over 70 years, from a childhood love of music and performing to a wide-ranging career as a composer, arranger, musical director, and lecturer.

What do you love about your area?

I love that music is inspired by, speaks to, and is in some way involved in all art forms. 

Tell us about your experience in the industry

From 1966 beginning in Auckland, I was in advertising where I became one on NZ’s leading jingle writers through musical direction positions with the Auckland ‘Radio Band’ (jazz) and ‘Radio Orchestra’ (light music) (1960-83), then as a Musical Director for TVNZ 1970–83, working on many of NZ’s most favourite shows and as arranger/producer of several popular music hits. Between 83-84, I was a freelance arranger in Sydney and from 85-95 a Lecturer WAAPA for the Perth Jazz Studies course plus a freelance arranger for the WA Symphony Orchestra. From 95-98, a senior lecturer for the Christchurch Jazz School, arranger, conductor, and program director of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra between 1995-2000 (43 concerts) before returning to Auckland to establish the Degree in Jazz Studies at UOA. Then from 2003 to today, I have been a lecturer in a variety of music-related subjects for Wintec. Over the past 20 years, I have also been involved in a wide variety of freelance assignments working with New Zealand talent.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

Singing with choral groups, composing and arranging assignments for various ensembles, mentoring up and coming musicians.  Some of my more recent works have been created as Youtube presentations.

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