From our Representatives...
Jenny Brown, New Zealand
Welcome back to all our teachers, and a special welcome to teachers who may be trying ANZCA's syllabus and examination system for the first time this year. Please remember to contact me by email, phone (land-line or mobile), text or writing if you have any queries about the syllabus or dates, publications to purchase from me, etc.
Please be sure to check the final pages of the blue 2017 Examination Handbook and Information, which contain the NZ closing dates and exam fees. Also, you should have received examination entry forms for both practical and written exams, an updated ANZCA Publications form and the new ANZCA Teacher Subscription form.
There are three types of teacher subscriptions now: Full Registration, Associate Registration or Affiliate Subscription. (There is also a reduced-rate subscription for students.) If the ANZCA office has received in the past copied proof of your formal music qualifications or teaching experience, you won't need to resubmit these. However, if you have never sent them to the ANZCA office, you will need to do that (via me is fine, as I can scan and forward them to the office). This is required for either of the Registration types, but we realise that if the office has evidence of your teaching experience with ANZCA over the years, the task will be a little simpler.
With the lovely Certificate of Registration or Subscription that ANZCA is now issuing with your subscription card, you may wish to display it on the wall, as I'm going to do. I urge you to renew your subscription ASAP to gain maximum benefits for the year.
[ANZCA is registered as an Affiliate group member of the IRMTNZ now. This gives us more status with educational authorities and other music bodies.]
Have you all noted that the second Written examination date for the year has been returned to October (Saturday 21st) to avoid any clashes with the Series 2 Practical exams in September? Thanks to the ANZCA Board, who listened to our voices on this topic!
I attended the fantastic IRMTNZ Conference in Christchurch in January this year (with a table of ANZCA publications). For some of the highlights, click here.
Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore
Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone, especially to us who celebrate Chinese New Year!
Malaysia's and Singapore's multicultural community is very blessed to celebrate many festivals throughout the year, with one celebration every one or two months!
After all the feasting and joyful get-togethers among families and friends, we are quite ready to get back to normality in everyday life. As music educators, we will be looking into getting our students back on track and focusing on their goals and progress.
Setting practical and sensible learning and practice schedules against all other activities and school commitments has always been a challenge in today's music teaching business; nevertheless we shall overcome as long as we are organised ourselves. Teachers have to walk the talk. Music teaching is beyond just the weekly 30–60 minute session. Equipping young minds means exploring further, and often experience impacts more than merely dishing out information. I believe in teaching students to be functional musicians rather than just passing exams for a piece of paper. ANZCA's examination system guides our approach to achieve that.
I would like to highlight some interesting events around this region that you or your students may want to join. Travel and meet other musicians and get inspired by one another.
Singapore Jam Sessions! Pianist Wei Xiang will share his insights into jazz and jamming with us! Please mark your calendars to join us on Friday 24th of February, 6:30–8:30 pm at the Esplanade Library. Details can be found at www.mic.sg .
Of course, the Java Jazz Festival 2017 in early March needs no introduction. Click the link for all the info.
The Singapore Jazz Festival 2017 is also happening at the end of March.
The following may interest young and upcoming jazz musicians and even we teachers to join. Check out the website: www.thailandjazzworkshop.com/home-en .
The 24th Kota Kinabalu Music Festival will be happening on the 1st and 2nd of September 2017. Do click on the link for info and participation details. It is important to get your flights booked early.
Another very good event that will be happening in Kuala Lumpur in August is the Dalcroze Conference. I was told that they are expecting a few hundred participants from all over the world, so please watch out for early-bird sign-ups from mid-February.
I will be updating teachers through emails on the theory publications and examination process by early March. Meanwhile, stay healthy and happy.