Norman Meehan

Norman Meehan

Lecturer, Te Rewa o Puanga - the School of Music and Creative Media Production

Dr. Norman Meehan is a composer, performer and music scholar whose books and articles have been published in New Zealand, the United States and in Europe. He has performed around New Zealand and in Europe, and his recordings are available through Rattle Records.

Meehan’s teaching has been acknowledged with awards from Massey University's Vice Chancellor and nationally, by AKO Aotearoa. He teaches contemporary musicology.

  • Expertise

    Jazz and popular music scholarship; composer and performer.

  • Research Highlights

    Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2010
    Serious Fun is the vibrant and accessible life story of one of New Zealand’s greatest musicians, jazz pianist Mike Nock.

    These Rough Notes. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2012
    Drawing its title from one of the last pages of Scott’s journal, These Rough Notes is a collaboration between writer Bill Manhire, photographer Anne Noble, composer Norman Meehan and singer Hannah Griffin. Beneath the Ice remembers the tragedies of Scott’s polar expedition of 1912 and the crash of NZ901 into Mt Erebus in 1979. The Notebook Songs capture the experiences of scientists and other contemporary visitors to the ice.

    Small Holes in the Silence. Rattle Records RAT-041, 2015
    A collection of New Zealand poems set as songs, this album features texts by Bill Manhire, James Baxter, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Eileen Duggan, David Mitchell, Hone Tuwhare. Meehan composed and arranged the music and plays piano, and is accompanied by vocalist Hannah Griffin and saxophonist Hayden Chisholm.

    Making Baby Float,  Rattle Records RAT-030, 2010
    A DVD / CD of song settings of poems by Bill Manhire. Meehan composed and arranged the music and plays piano. He is accompanied by singer Hannah Griffin and a mixed ensemble.

    New Zealand Jazz Life: Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2016
    Drawing on extensive interviews with leading New Zealand jazz musicians, New Zealand Jazz Life is a ground-breaking survey of the vibrant local scene. In best jazz style, eight solos — first-person portraits of major musicians – alternate with ensemble passages that enlarge on key issues confronting jazz musicians in Aotearoa.

  • Qualifications

    MMus (Massey University)
    PhD (NZSM)

  • Professional Affiliations

    New Zealand Musicological Society (NZMS)
    International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)