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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

ANZCA International Music Conference 2016
The feedback from those who attended the Conference in Canberra has been overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting on the friendly and inclusive approach throughout the event. This included remarks from teachers, students and their parents, as well as from presenters Christopher Norton, Kerin Bailey, Elissa Milne, Therese Milanovic and many others. Special thanks to ACT Representatives Giselle and Kieran Roberts and Publications Manager Andrew Craggs for their tremendous assistance with this event. Please read Chairman Barry Archibald's article below about the highlights of the Conference, and visit to see a gallery of photos.

L–R: Lesley Gentilin, Maureen Milton OAM, Jenny Brown, Doug McGregor, Maureen Grieve, Barry Archibald, Tony Betros, Giselle Roberts, Christopher Norton at the 2016 ANZCA International Music Conference in Canberra.

Music Scholarship at ANU School of Music
The Board Directors and I were delighted to meet with Dr Kenneth Lampl, Professor of Music Composition and Composition Convenor, and Dr Natalie Williams, Lecturer in Composition, at the ANU School of Music, where we discussed details of the new ANZCA Music Scholarship. We expect this matter to be finalised very soon. Our association with the ANU builds on those relationships already established with Monash University and the University of South Australia.

Theory Results
Theory results were posted on the 11th of October, one day earlier than stated in the 2016 Examination Handbook. If you have not already received your results, please be patient as we have found the postal services in both Australia and New Zealand to be very slow (and frustrating) in recent times.

Syllabus Review 2017
Syllabus reviews in preparation for the 2018-20 editions will commence in 2017. We welcome your suggestions for repertoire and any other matter to do with the syllabuses.

Teacher Registration & Subscription 2017
Just a reminder that the Teacher Registration system will be changing in 2017.
*Please keep in mind that you do not need any type of ANZCA teacher registration to be able to enter students for ANZCA examinations. Although we encourage your participation, this is entirely optional.

Here's a summary of the two main categories:

Registered Teachers fall into two sub-categories, and would be recommended by the office as qualified/experienced teachers to parents and students.

• Intended for current teachers with formal music qualifications (e.g. diploma, university degree, TAFE certificate etc.).
• Proof of current teaching status and verified copies of qualifications required.

• Intended for current teachers without formal qualifications.
• Requirements: proof of teaching experience (e.g. student examination results, letter from school principal or employer, etc.) or holding current registration with another recognised music education body.

Subscribers also include two sub-categories.

• Intended for subscribers without formal qualifications or teaching experience.

• Intended for tertiary or high-grade music students (e.g. Grade 7 or 8).
• Discounted rate.
• Proof of eligibility required.

Further details of the new Registration system will be released later in the year.

Tony Betros, General Manager


"Nourish the Teacher, Nourish the Student"
  – ANZCA's 2016 Music Conference

By Barry Archibald, ANZCA Chairperson

The theme of "Nourish the Teacher, Nourish the Student" for ANZCA's second biennial conference proved to be a more than apt descriptor for all that epitomized the conference program. It was an enticing theme that did not disappoint on any level.

When I first raised the subject of holding ANZCA's second conference in Canberra with our ACT Representatives Giselle and Kieran Roberts not long after our first conference in Rotorua, they both enthusiastically took up the challenge to frame the program and to seek the best possible presenters and sponsors. They certainly achieved their aim in large measure. In the early stages of planning we met with Peter Tregear, then Head of Music at the Australian National University (ANU), who was equally affirming about the prospect of holding our conference at the School of Music. Peter was quick to acknowledge the common ground that both the ANU and ANZCA shared in the development of music programming and the needs of 21st century learners in music.

ANZCA’s New Association with the ANU

Prior to the commencement of this year’s conference I, along with Maureen Milton, Maureen Grieve and Tony Betros (General Manager), met with the newly appointed artistic director in the School of Music, Professor Kenneth Lampl (pictured left). No momentum had been lost as far as ANZCA was concerned with Ken’s appointment – he was excited by the prospect of working with ANZCA, as we share similar optimism about the future direction of music and the need to support and encourage creative endeavour in all music students. (Ken accepted his appointment at the ANU having left high-level positions in the United States in music and film composition. Ken has written on his website, ‘there is no greater joy than composing music… I always wanted to create music because it is an opportunity to bring something of beauty into the world – something that has not existed before – and enable people to experience that which lies beyond the immediate senses.’ See Ken’s website at Ken’s particular specialty is the development of multimedia music and music for film. Ken opened our conference on Saturday October 1st with a very clear statement of purpose and belief in his approach to music education, and the future alignment he identified with ANZCA’s mission. ANZCA’s offer to fund a scholarship in the School of Music was accepted with much pleasure by Ken, who indicated that the annual scholarship would provide encouragement and incentive for creativity within the School.

Click here to continue reading this article on our website.


News Diary

NSW and Queensland Representatives
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of new representatives for both New South Wales and Queensland.

Sandra Conwell has been associated with ANZCA as a teacher and examiner for many years and will be a great asset in New South Wales. Sandra can be contacted by phone on 0425 281 231 or by email at .

Janine Clarke has been an ANZCA teacher in Queensland for many years and is very familiar with the ANZCA system. Janine will offer on-the-ground support for new and existing teachers in Queensland. Phone 0429 476 996 or email to contact Janine.

We sincerely welcome both Sandra and Janine to their positions, and look forward to working with them in the future.

Music Theory – Pathway to Grade Four

The latest volume in ANZCA's Pathway to... series of theory books is set for release within weeks. Written by Dr Robert Keane, Pathway to Grade Four covers all requirements for this level, including the revised General Knowledge elements introduced in the 2015-17 syllabus.

Pathway to Grade Four can be pre-ordered now from the ANZCA website, by email at, phone on (03) 9434 7640, or through your ANZCA representative.

Coming soon: Also planned for release later this year is I Play Ukulele Book 2, which will feature both solo and ensemble pieces and all other requirements for the Ukulele Level 2 examination.

Devils at Dusk Now Available
Congratulations to Natasha Trinkle, whose composition for cello and piano Devils at Dusk has now been published by leading independent Australian print music publisher Wirripang. 

As previously reported, this work earned Natasha the ANZCA Music Prize for Composition at Monash University in 2015, and will be included in the next ANZCA Violoncello Syllabus. To purchase this piece or to view a sample, click here to visit the Wirripang website.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

On June 11th, ANZCA generously sponsored prize money for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior New Zealand Composer class compositions at the Rotorua/Taupo branch of the IRMT Eisteddfod, held in Taupo. There was a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category. Kate Webber was the adjudicator, with most entries being from pianists and vocalists, but we were thrilled to have some violinist as well. For a list and photos of the prize winners, click here to go to the ANZCA website.

The Senior Scholarship was held for the Rotorua/Taupo branch for the IRMT NZ on 27th of August and there was a prize donated by ANZCA for the best 20th–21st  century solo. All entrants this year were pianists, and Shamus Baker won first place and the Best Stage Presentation Cup and the ANZCA award. Well done Shamus! Richard Liu was the adjudicator at this event.

The ANZCA practical and theory exams are all over now, and grateful thanks must go to our two examiners, Maureen Grieve from Melbourne and Judith Field from Inglewood, who both examined fairly and gave positive, helpful comments to the candidates. Congratulations to all candidates for their efforts, and thanks to all the teachers who trained them carefully to reach the best possible standard.

I would especially like to thank all those generous teachers who made their studios available for the ANZCA exams of their students and those of other teachers. ANZCA really appreciates your kindness, the lunches and morning and afternoon teas provided to the examiners, and the suitable atmosphere created for all involved.

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