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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

Welcome back to Stretto in  2017! I hope you had a relaxing and refreshing break and that the start to the year has been a positive experience!

As we've previously mentioned, Stretto is now moving to bi-monthly publication, so expect to receive an edition in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December.

Teacher Pack 2017
Every teacher who entered students in 2016 was sent a 2017 Teacher's Pack, containing the Examination Handbook and Information, plus forms for subscription, exam entry and publications. If you have not received this, please contact the office and we'll be happy to post one free of charge.

The office is now gearing up for one our important events of the year: the ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert. There are some tremendous highlights this year and we invite everyone to come along and experience an inspiring afternoon with ANZCA's successful 2016 Diploma candidates. (See more details below.)

ANZCA Founders (Nancye Woodford and June McLean) Performers Competition
ANZCA is delighted to announce a new Performers Competition. Open to all ANZCA students of any instrument (including voice), this competition will take place annually in the third quarter of the year. This event will be held in a different region each year, commencing in Melbourne in 2017. Further details, including the date and venue, eligibility criteria and entry forms, will be available soon.

The Board of Directors sincerely thanks former Board Director and founding member June McLean and the family of founding member Nancye Woodford for their generous donation of $1,000 prize money.

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Theory Scholarship Winners' Photos 

Thanks to the teachers of our 2016 Theory Scholarship winners who have submitted photos over the past weeks. These have been added to the Theory Scholarships page of our website, where you can also find the full list of scholarship winners and the criteria for each prize.  

Sandra Lynch Recordings

The website of popular New Zealand composer Sandra Lynch includes recordings and sample scores of her piano works, including the following pieces currently listed on the ANZCA syllabus:
Click the links to listen to these recordings, or visit for other pieces and more information.

Young Jazz Pianist on the Rise

Congratulations to ANZCA student Alton Wong Xian Rong, who at 17 is already making waves in jazz circles in his native Malaysia and beyond. Alton, who in addition to his piano skills also has an Associate Performer Diploma in violin, recently won a Jazz Piano competition, and with his trio Kangkung Belacan (including Tan Jen Wei on bass and Adriel Wong on drums) has performed at the 2016 Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival, the Penang Island Jazz Festival (click here for a review), and the 2017 4th Malaysian Jazz Piano festival. He also had the opportunity to jam with jazz great Branford Marsalis at the No Black Tie event in Kuala Lumpur.

To see some of Alton's performance at these events, click on these links: Sayang Kinabalu, But Not for Me, Nature Boy.



Forthcoming Events

Graduation Ceremony 2017

The 2017 ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert will be held on Saturday, 25th of March at Methodist Ladies' College, 207 Barkers Road, Kew (Vic.), commencing at 2:30 pm.

In addition to performances by the graduands, this year's event will feature an address by Professor Kenneth Lampl, Artistic Director and Composition Convenor at the Australian National University's School of Music (Canberra).

Another feature will be the performance of Lily Tait's work Nikki for cello and piano. This piece was awarded the 2016 Monash University Arts ANZCA Music Prize for Best Composition, and will be performed by cellist Nikki Edgar, to whom it is dedicated, and pianist Jaslyn Robertson.

Tickets (available at the door}: Adults $18, Child/Senior concession $10, Family (2 adults & 2 children) $35, Children under 5 free.

Congratulations to all our successful Diploma candidates; for a full list of graduands, go to the Graduation page of our website.

VMTA Autumn Workshop 2017

The Victorian Music Teachers' Association will hold its Autumn Workshop at Caulfield Grammar School (Wheelers Hill campus) on Sunday 12th (piano) and Monday 13th (other instruments/voice) of March (Labour Day Weekend).

For a full list of sessions and presenters, click here to download the program in PDF format. For bookings or other information, go to .



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 .

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: .

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.



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