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Dear Teachers,
Welcome to the April e-newsletter. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter and the school holidays. It's hard to believe that in many areas we've already commenced term two!

Canberra Conference
Preparations are well underway for ANZCA's 2nd Teachers' Conference, to be held in Canberra from the evening of Friday 30th of September (Registration and a Meet & Greet, with drinks and finger food) and concluding with a Concert in the evening of Sunday 2nd of October. The itinerary and booking details are now close to being finalized; we expect this information to be available in mid-May. We are thrilled to announce an outstanding list of presenters including Prof. Larry Sitsky, Christopher Norton, Kerin Bailey, Elissa Milne, Dr Therese Milanovic, Dr Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers, and ANZCA syllabus authors Mark Murphy, Michelle Nelson and Lesley Gentilin.

Special thanks to our A.C.T. Representatives Giselle and Kieran Roberts for all their efforts to date.

Theory Exams
Good luck to all students preparing for Series 1 theory examinations. My best piece of advice is to ensure all questions are read more than once and thoroughly understood. Many times marks are lost simply because all points in the question weren't covered, particularly in scale questions.

Norton Workshops
Another Christopher Norton tour has just been completed with events in Proserpine, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville. The feedback from teachers and students was again extremely positive. Participants are amazed at how encouraging Christopher is and how he is able to demystify the whole concept of improvisation. Special thanks to Cynthia Delaney, Anne Russell, Bernies Music Land, Karen Henderson and Heather Smith for their support in staging these events. On this tour Christopher introduced his new publication Eastern Preludes, which is a collection of expressive pieces based on distinctive arrangements of native themes from the East. 

Tony Betros – General Manager

Vale Lynelle James

For nearly three decades, Lyn James taught and examined in North Queensland and Brisbane. Starting as a Special Education teacher, she then moved on into modern music, subsequently becoming an examiner for ANZCA. Very much loved by her students due to connecting well with young people with disabilities, she was successful in interesting them in different styles of music; her happy, humorous personality delighted and encouraged them in their studies.

Vale, Lyn. You were much respected, and will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. God bless you.

Yvonne Anthony

Series 1 Examinations

As we rapidly approach this year's first practical and written exams, please keep the following points in mind:
  • Modern Pianoforte students can use backing tracks for up to two pieces at all levels (except Introductory). Please remember that for all instruments, students should be prepared to bring their own playback equipment for backing recordings. It's not possible for ANZCA to guarantee the availability of such equipment at every centre, and unfamiliar playback devices can be confusing to already-nervous students. Both digital (MP3) players and amplifiers/"docks" are increasingly affordable, making this a very cost-effective option for students and parents.
  • Don't forget that the ANZCA website includes links to YouTube video performances of many pieces from our syllabuses, which can be a great tool for teachers and students. Go to YouTube Links in the Support menu on our Home page.
  • Another resource which is often overlooked is the Composer Information page, which can also be found in the Support menu. This page includes basic information on many of the Australasian composers featured in ANZCA publications, which is sufficient for low-to-intermediate grade General Knowledge requirements.
  • For written exams, students should only take pencils/pens, erasers/correction fluid, and a ruler if desired. Exam papers can be completed in pencil. There is no need for students to bring their own writing or manuscript paper; this is included with the exam paper (and extra sheets are available on request to the supervisor), and must be handed in with the completed exam paper.
  • A reminder for parents of theory students: many students take considerably less than the allotted time to complete their papers, so please be ready to pick up your children early – around half an hour before the scheduled finishing time. The examination supervisors can not take responsibility for students once they have left the exam room.
  • Finally, a note to theory students: if you have been given the wrong exam paper, don't keep quiet and try and do it anyway! Just raise your hand and the supervisor will exchange it for the correct grade.

Forthcoming Events...

Fellowship Performer Concert
Please join us for the public Fellowship Performer Diploma (F.Dip.A.) examination concert of guitarist Brendan Hains. To be adjudicated by renowned guitarist and educator Geoff Hughes in combination with ANZCA examiners Darryl Barron and Greg Stone, this concert promises to be an exciting and entertaining event.

Where: Lakeview Auditorium, Lakeview Senior College, cnr. Caroline Springs Boulevard and College Street, Caroline Springs (Vic.).
When: Sunday, 17th of June, 2:00pm
Tickets: $20 adult, $10 concession, $5 child. Online ticket sales will be available soon; details will be posted on our website and Facebook page when available.

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 (Vic.). All teachers, students and interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

New CD: Bob Jeffery & Kerin Bailey

Master jazz saxophonist Bob Jeffrey and renowned composer, educator and pianist Kerin Bailey have released a new CD of jazz standards, Body and Soul. Featuring duo and quartet performances, the 13 tracks include popular pieces such as Makin' Whoopee, It Could Happen to You, Blue Bossa, Secret Love and, of course, Body and Soul.

Body and Soul is available now from the Kerin Bailey website for $19.95.

From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

New Zealand ANZCA teachers have had a busy term, with many students preparing for the Series 1 Theory exams to be held on Saturday 21st of May at local centres. Thank you to the supervisors who so generously give their time so that candidates may further their musical knowledge and skills. And thank you to the teachers for sending your entries in on time!

Reminder: It's not long until the ANZCA practical exam entries need to be in – they need to be in my hands by the 16th of May! PLEASE get your entries in on time, as we don't wish to have to charge a $15 late-entry fee per candidate – but when entries are late, that's the rule! (Max. $60 per studio.) I'm hoping for a bumper number of candidates this year, as most found their exams last year so enjoyable they were looking forward to their next one straight away. Special thanks go to the friendly and understanding ANZCA examiners who give fair comments and marks, and help the candidates to have a happy experience in the exam room!

Please send your practical entries with one payment to cover all fees (cheque or online payment) to me as your Representative: Jenny Brown, 4 Rihi Place, Nukuhau Taupo 3330.

N.B. If your students wish to pay their fees online, please ask them to pay into your account, so that once you've received it, you can pay the whole amount and state your name in the reference section, and "Exam Entries" as the code. Please do not send your entries directly to the Australian office, but to me, so they can be collated and examination centres planned.

Happy holidays to our busy teachers. Hopefully you'll have a few moments to pursue your favourite hobby or sport, or just relax!

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

Series 1 exams are approaching for Theory, which will be held on May 18th, and Practical (June 22nd to July 10th).

The yellow entry slips for these exams will be sent out to the respective teachers a month before the exams.

Teachers in this region have been co-operative in responding to our checklist drive to ensure minimal mistakes in the spelling of names, and also that candidates are entered correctly. And the paperless registration is a great way to save the trees!

The recent publication of Music Theory – Pathway to Grade Three has been well commended by many teachers here. It is thorough and systematic in its presentation, and the fundamentals of the level are well established. The author June McLean has certainly made sure that all aspects are covered and explained for easy understanding. ANZCA has done another wonderful publication. Please contact us at for more information.

Sinta Wiriawaty Mawardi, Indonesia

As mentioned in last month's Stretto, the Series 1 practical exams will be held in Indonesia from Friday, May 27th to Thursday, June 2nd. Click here to read about the examiner for this session, Misa Yamamoto; for any other information about the exams, please email .

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