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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

This is the busiest time of the year for the office: Series 3 is by far the biggest enrolment of the year, as it includes practical and/or theory entries for all states and territories of Australia, and all overseas centres. Series 2 practical exams are also in full swing in both Australia and New Zealand.

Programming for most centres is nearing completion. Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand programming has been finalised, and all examinations have been scheduled in the first part of November.

As Series 3 approaches, I wish all students and teachers a smooth progression towards the examinations; for many students it is the culmination of a year's work. Very best wishes to you all! Believe in yourself, and remember that the examiners are there to support you; they really do want you to perform at your best!

New Queensland Representative
ANZCA's Board of Directors and Management are delighted to announce the appointment of Cynthia Delaney to the position of Queensland Representative. Having had a long and productive association with ANZCA as our local representative in the Mackay/Whitsunday area for many years, Cynthia is already well known to many teachers in Queensland.

To read more about Cynthia, see her own introduction under News Diary below. 

Recent News
Vale Moira (Mitzi) Bee

NSW teachers, students and examiners will be saddened to learn of the sudden passing of long-time ANZCA examiner Mitzi Bee. Mitzi was a highly-regarded and much-loved examiner, and we will all miss her vast contribution to ANZCA.

Get Well Wishes
Some of you will be aware that ANZCA's Chairperson Barry Archibald is recovering from major heart surgery. I'm pleased to inform you that he is doing very well and making an excellent recovery.

(There's also exciting news in relation to Barry's Ph.D studies: the three external examiners of his doctoral thesis have passed the research, and graduation will be later in the year. Congratulations, Barry!)

Robert Keane is well known to many of you as a composer and past examiner, particularly with teachers and students in Queensland and in ANZCA's overseas centres. Robert recently suffered a serious cardiac situation. Additionally, Queensland examiner and teacher Gillian McNamee was forced to withdraw from this year's New Zealand examining trip due to illness.

On behalf of everyone at ANZCA, our very best wishes go to Barry, Robert and Gillian.

Pathway to Grade Five
I know many teachers and students are keenly awaiting the release of the next book in the Pathway to... theory series. Unfortunately, progress has slowed due to a number of factors, some of which have been out of our control. We will keep you updated, but we are still expecting the book to be available by the end of the year.

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

New Queensland Representative: Cynthia Delaney

As recently-appointed ANZCA Music Examinations State Representative for Queensland, I would like to introduce myself and give you some background as to how I have been given this exciting role.

My name is Cynthia Delaney and I live in the beautiful Whitsundays. I have been a music teacher since I was 16 (46 years!). I have been ANZCA's local representative for Mackay and district for over 20 years, and have enjoyed working with many wonderful teachers, examiners and students during that time. I currently have 40 piano students in my teaching studio, and am Instrumental Coordinator for a large private school in our area, with six instrumental teachers under my directorship. I am very passionate about the opportunities offered to students through ANZCA, as our exam system sets children up to enjoy the music they learn, to entertain family, friends and the wider community with lovely fresh music, and encourages teachers to try new methods and genres.

While ANZCA is only "young" compared to some of the other music examining bodies in Australia, it is recognized by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority equally with the older examination boards. ANZCA packs a powerful punch, with various syllabuses being offered in both the traditional classical and modern streams and updated every three years to include the latest musical trends and upcoming Australian and international composers.

I feel sometimes that ANZCA must be Australasia's best kept secret! As State Rep for Queensland I want to touch base with all the hardworking local reps, to find out the needs for your area. I will be in touch with you all before the year's end, but if you would like to contact me at any time to discuss any ANZCA Rep issues, please feel free to phone me on 0407 035 963 or email me at .

I believe in TEAM work... Together Everyone Achieves Much... So go TEAM!!

Cynthia Delaney,
ATDA, A.T.Mus.A., Cert. Kodály Ed., Qld. State Representative

Jazz Syllabus, Level 1

The first level of ANZCA's Jazz Syllabus is set for release in coming weeks.

Available for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet and trombone, Level 1 contains 16 original compositions by Christopher Norton, with performance advice by ANZCA Board Director Doug McGregor. Each book includes solo parts and piano accompaniment scores, and professionally-prepared backing tracks for all pieces will be available to download from the ANZCA website.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information.



Forthcoming Events

Composition Workshops with Sandra Lynch

Popular composer and educator Sandra Lynch will conduct two Composition Workshops during October, in Auckland and Tauranga. Both teachers and students are welcome.

See below for more information, or click here to download the PDF registration form..



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Welcome to ANZCA to the following teachers.

  • Jane Robertson from Queenstown
  • Wendy Nielsen from Hamilton

The practical examinations are now underway, and as many of you will already know, Board Director Maureen Milton OAM has stepped in to do most of the examining in this series, due to the illnesses of both Barry Archibald and Gillian McNamee.

We also welcome Judith Field LTCL, A.Mus.TCL, ATCL, FIRMTNZ from Inglewood as our NZ examiner for another year.

We trust our two examiners will enjoy their musical experiences as much as we teachers appreciate having their skilled assessments of our students. ANZCA examiners are known for their friendly positivity, and I'm sure we'll receive more of the same this year.

Remember to order your ANZCA publications from me by email, phone (landline or mobile/text) or mail.



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