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Welcome to the exciting new format for Stretto – ANZCA’s Music Teacher Newsletter! This e-newsletter will be forwarded monthly and we welcome the opportunity to communicate with you on a more regular basis, to provide up-to-date information about ANZCA news and events. ANZCA is continually striving to provide a high-quality examination experience and we are aware that technology has a part to play in this process. This is why we are currently investigating a major update to our website with a view to making examination registration and delivery options available to teachers and students online.
ANZCA Teacher Conference 2016
One important event I’d like you to keep in mind is the 2nd Biennial ANZCA Teacher Conference in Canberra, to be held from Friday September 30 (registration from 5pm) until Monday October 3 (12pm close). We expect to have more detailed information available soon.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy this new edition of ANZCA’s e-newsletter and we welcome your feedback.

Tony Betros - General Manager


Graduation Ceremony 2016

Join us for this special event.

The 2016 ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert will be held on the first Saturday in March.

This entertaining afternoon will feature dazzling performances by the graduands and guest artists, and culminate in the conferring of Diplomas and presentation of Encouragement Certificates.

When: Saturday, 5th of March, 2:30pm
Where: Methodist Ladies' College, 207 Barkers Road, Kew (Vic.)
Tickets (at the door): adult $18, student/senior card $10, family $35, children under 5 free

For a complete list of the 2016 graduands and photos from the 2015 ceremony, click here to visit our website.


South Australia Representative

ANZCA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Representative for South Australia.

Lesley GentilinVocalist, multi-instrumentalist, educator and co-author of I Play Ukulele Lesley Gentilin has been appointed to the position of ANZCA's South Australia Representative.

Lesley takes over from Ruth England; our sincere thanks to Ruth for all her work in the role over the past three years.

South Australian teachers can contact Lesley on 0428 160 606 or email

Pathway to Grade Three

The fourth book in ANZCA's Pathway to... theory tutor series will be available in early March.

Pathway To Grade Three cover

In Pathway to Grade Three, renowned theory specialist and retired Foundation Board Director June McLean has again created a clear and comprehensive guide to the requirements of ANZCA's theory syllabus.

This book introduces and explains each topic with clear text and examples, and reinforces this information with numerous exercises. Each of the book's four main sections is followed by a revision test, while a final glossary provides a summary of Grade Three requirements for quick and easy reference. The book concludes with two practice theory papers, presented in the style and format of actual ANZCA exams.

To order your copy of Pathway to Grade Three, Australian teachers please click here to purchase from our website or phone the ANZCA office on (03) 9434 7640. Teachers outside Australia: please contact your country's representative.

Forthcoming Events...

Christopher Norton Workshops
Christopher Norton's April 2016 Australian tour will include workshops in Proserpine, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville. For full details, go to the Events page of our website.

Series 1 Closing Date
Remember, the closing date for Series 1 examinations is the 14th of March. This includes written exams in all areas, and practical exams where listed in the 2016 Examination Handbook. Within Australia, entries should be submitted directly to the office; for other countries, please contact your representative.

Annual General Meeting
ANZCA's Annual General Meeting and election of Office Bearers and Board Directors will be held on Friday 6th of May, 10:30am, at 4/14 Yan Yean Road, Diamond Creek. All teachers, students and interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Welcome back to the 2016 music teaching year! Our important and special task of teaching music to others continues each year, and what a great task it is, to help others to learn to play and love music as we do!

Teachers, please do look inside the orange 2016 Examination Handbook and Information manual and note the exam entry dates and fees information on the last pages. Please read these carefully, and help us to help you by sending your examination entries to me by the due date! (The first closing date is 14th March for Series 1 Theory.) You’ll make my smile even wider if you are able to get the entries in a week beforehand!
Remember, you may renew your ANZCA teacher subscription for 2016/17 when you make your first book order for the year. You will then get 15% discount on your ANZCA publication purchases and a free syllabus (per edition), subscription card and a certificate of Affiliation. You also get discounts and special offers for ANZCA workshops, conferences and other events. Please do fill in the pink Teacher Subscription form and send to me, so I have your updated details.
Bay of Plenty gathering:
On the 12th of February, a small group of ANZCA teachers gathered for a social lunch to mark the beginning of the new teaching year. ANZCA teachers who attended the lunch (organised by Beth Logan) were Beth Logan (Edgecumbe), Jeanette Baker (formerly from Papamoa, now residing in Tauranga), Tricia Ball (Rotorua), Ruth Corbett (Whakatane), and Jenny Brown (Taupo). We met and chatted to a new teacher Anna Stoove from Whakatane.

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

Both countries are seeing a steady growth in the confidence of modern exam candidates, as well as in the classical stream. There is definitely a good balance between the classical and modern repertoires, which teachers can use to encourage their students to become functional musicians covering all genres.

The system of assessment offered has bridged the mindsets of many who were once convinced that classical and modern music are separate and students must choose either one or the other. We now see many innovative and confident teachers taking advantage of the wide selection of music offered to inspire and guide pupils in the pursuit of becoming versatile musicians. Surely all experienced teachers will agree that students go through different phases of learning, and the challenge is to keep them going without compromising on the high standards of developing their skills and musicianship.

The importance of teaching the fundamentals of analysis, improvisation and aural skills are crucial, and ANZCA provides a system which actually guides and leads a progressive mind, one that is independent and does its best.

Sinta Wiriawaty Mawardi, Indonesia

A special welcome to all Indonesian teachers to ANZCA's online newsletter, Stretto. Everybody at Sintanada Music Education looks forward to working with you in 2016 and if you have any queries about examination entries or any other matter in relation to examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact us at .

Local competitions and festivals in the coming months include:

Indonesia Steinway Youth Piano Competition
Semifinal rounds will be held across Indonesia from April 9 to May 14, with the final in Jakarta on June 3-4. For full details, go to:

Indonesia Piano Competition 2016 & Astghik Violin Competition 2016
Presented by Rhapsodie Event Management. To be held in Surabaya, Jakarta, Semarang and Medan between the April 2 and May 1. For more information, go to or email

Java Jazz Festival
March 4-6; further details:

Panadda Hongsakul, Thailand

We are pleased to welcome all music teachers in Thailand to ANZCA's e-newsletter. Besides that this e-newsletter will keep teachers updated with ANZCA music examination information, it will also provide interesting music articles and other events such as competitions and concerts in Thailand and in other countries in the region. We hope that you will find this e-letter very useful, and that it will help us to be more connected. If you are interested in ANZCA music examinations or publications, please contact Mrs Puttachard or Mrs Ying at  Bmas Music Academy by email , or give us a call at 66816214307.

Performances to be held in March include:

Daniela Mineva Piano Recital
Saturday, March 12th at 6:45pm. This renowned pianist will present a recital of popular works at the Better Music Academy & Theatre in Bangna. Presented by D&M Music Studio; for more information, go to .

Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra
A free concert to be held in the Chulalongkorn University Auditorium on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30pm. For more information see the CUSO Facebook page.

Hunan Symphony Orchestra
Two concerts at the Prince Mahidol Hall: March 25th at 7:00pm, and March 26th at 4:00pm. For full details, go to or

Subscriber's Super Special - 25% Off RRP!

All Modern Guitar grade books: Introductory to Grade Six

Available exclusively to ANZCA subscribers. Please quote teacher number when ordering.

Valid until the March edition of Stretto on orders placed through the ANZCA office (Australia) or Representative (outside Aust.).

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