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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

It’s hard to believe we’re about to enter the third month of the year! I hope the Christmas and New Year period provided an opportunity to relax and recharge, and the return to teaching/study hasn’t been too difficult! Good luck in the year ahead, and don’t hesitate to contact the office for assistance with your students’ examinations in 2018.

Graduation Ceremony and Concert
This is shaping up to be another exciting event, with this year's concert including graduand performances in both classical and modern piano, singing and drum kit. We are again delighted to welcome the winner of ANZCA’s Monash Scholarship for Composition: this year Sarah Brown will perform her winning work for flute and piano, Wedding Cake Mountain. Entry prices have been kept to a minimum (see Forthcoming Events, below), as we want to encourage teachers and students to come along and experience a really inspiring afternoon.

Jazz Syllabus Launch
ANZCA’s exciting new Jazz Syllabus will be launched in Brisbane on April 15th, Sydney on April 16th and Melbourne on April 21st. We are delighted that Christopher Norton and ANZCA Director Doug McGregor will be present at all three events. Tickets for all events are FREE –you only need to register to secure your place! Don’t leave it too late, as places are filling. See Forthcoing Events below for all the details.

Singing Syllabus
A major update of the Singing syllabus has now been completed and is currently being reviewed and finalised before going to print. More details in Examorabilia below.

Christopher Norton Workshops
As you will see in Forthcoming Events, there are also other workshops being organised with Christopher for students and teachers. Students have an opportunity to play in a masterclass following the Sydney launch; there is also a separate event being organised by Sydney teacher Kathryn Burgess. Other Queensland events are being organised by Karen and Len Henderson at Binary Music in Cleveland, Brisbane, by Pam Garvan at North Rockhampton State High School, and by Heather Smith at The Keyboard Shop in Townsville.

If you’re interested in Christopher visiting your school or studio, please contact our office.

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Patron Certificate Presented

The appointment of retired Founding Director June McLean as Patron of ANZCA was celebrated with the presentation of a certificate at a dinner for Directors and staff in December. June is pictured below with Chairperson Barry Archibald.


ANZCA Publications

We are pleased to announce that I Play Ukulele, Book 2 is available now from our online shop or by contacting the office (ph. 03 9434 7640; email Book 2 includes many pieces for group performance, and a 63-track CD of demonstration and backing tracks.

Coming weeks will also see the release of Darryl Barron's Modern Bass, Grade Two, while a little further down the track will be Michelle Nelson's latest book, Twenty-five Studies for Classic Electric Guitar. Keep an eye on ANZCA's website and Facebook page for further announcements.



Forthcoming Events

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony & Concert 2018

ANZCA's 2018 Graduation Ceremony and Concert for 2018 will be held at the Methodist Ladies' College, Kew (Vic.), on Saturday 17th of March at 2:30 pm.

Tickets will be available at the door:
  • Adults: $18
  • Child/Student/Senior: $10
  • Children under 5 free
  • Family (2 adults & 2 children): $35

Congratulations to all our successful Diploma candidates. For a full list of graduands, visit the Graduation page of our website.

Christopher Norton Tour – April 2018:
ANZCA Jazz Syllabus Launch and more...

During his Australian tour in April, Christopher Norton will join with ANZCA Director and co-author Doug McGregor in launching the new Jazz Syllabus at events in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. These events are free of charge, but booking is required as places are limited, so email to reserve your place.

The details of each session are as follows (click on links for PDF flyers):

  • Brisbane – Sunday, April 15th, 9:30 am–12:00 noon, at Morris Brothers Musical Store, 2/17 Billabong Street, Stafford.
  • Sydney – Monday, April 16th, 10:00 am–12:00 noon, at Inaburra School Performing Arts Centre, Billa Road, Bangor.
    Additionally, a two-hour masterclass will be held from 1:00 pm. This is free to observe, or $25 to participate. Click on the link above for details.
  • Melbourne – Saturday, April 21st, 9:30 am–12:30pm, at Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood.

The following workshops/masterclasses are also being held during Chris’s tour:

  • Cleveland (Brisbane) – Monday, April 9th, at Binary Music, Shop 11, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. To book, click on the link to download the PDF form. 
  • Townsville – Wednesday, April 11th, at The Keyboard Shop, Hyde Park Shopping Centre. Email for details. 
  • Rockhampton – Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of April, at North Rockhampton State High School. To book, click on the link to download the PDF form.
  • Sydney – Thursday, April 19th, at Darling Harbour Convention Centre. For more information, click on the link or go to

MTAQ NSW HSC Professional Development Workshop

The Music Teachers’ Association of New South Wales will hold a Professional Development Workshop focused on preparing students for the Higher School Certificate. Presented by Joanne Burrows, this workshop will be held at Adlib Music, 845 Pacific Coast Highway, Chatswood, on Sunday, April 29th, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

Click here to download an information and booking form in Word format, or contact the MTA Secretary on (02) 9570 1436.




Singing Syllabus 2018–20

ANZCA’s Singing syllabus is undergoing a major update for the 2018–20 edition, with a particular focus on new technical work, sight reading and aural sections. For the first time, technical work requirements for all grades will be available in a single publication, and new books will also be released for both sight reading and aural tests.

Due to the process of review and preparation of books, the 2018–20 Singing syllabus will not be available until later in the year. The 2015–17 edition will remain current throughout 2018 and for at least Series 1 in 2019.

Piano Syllabus: Larry Sitsky’s Century Volumes

The inclusion of Larry Sitsky’s Century Volumes I, II and III in the latest piano syllabus has already proved popular with a number of teachers who have contacted the office. Please be aware however that the works listed in the syllabus have been sourced from the comprehensive Wirripang editions published in 2016, and all pieces/titles may not be available in earlier editions. For more information or to order directly from the publisher, click here to go to the composer’s page on the Wirripang site.

Guitar Syllabus: Solo Guitar Playing, Book 1

With the release of the fourth edition of Frederick Noad’s popular Solo Guitar Playing, Book 1, a number of 3rd-edition page number references in the Contemporary Classic Guitar syllabus are no longer accurate. The affected listings as follows, with the new page numbers in red:
  • Grade Two, List B  –  Sarabande, p.85 or Minuet, p.113 – de Visee
  • Grade Three, List B  –  Etude – Carulli, p.82; Etude in D – Sor, p.138
  • Grade Four, List B  –  Lagrima – Tárrega, p.195
  • Grade Five, List B  –  Adelita – Tárrega, p.193

All other listings are unchanged. Please note that the new 4th-edition details have been added to the latest syllabus print run and the PDF version on the Syllabuses page of our website.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Best wishes to all teachers for the 2018 music teaching year.

Just a reminder: my new email address is

Please take care in filling exam entry forms. All details need to be correct! Please be sure that:
  • Names are spelt correctly;
  • Initials are correct;
  • The instrument is written clearly – including whether it’s a “Performance” exam;
  • The grade is written clearly.

Please also make sure your details (especially your email address) are written clearly. This makes admin much easier, and will avoid having to check or emails being returned.

This term I'm hoping to phone each of you to check that we have your correct details. It’s so easy to have a change of address, phone number or email and it’s hard to remember whom you have told of the changes! If you wish to help and have had an address, phone number or email that has changed, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send me a quick email to let me know.

I attended the IRMTNZ Conference at Waikato University from the 18th to the 21st of January. It was good to see some ANZCA teachers there, and the ANZCA display table was a popular spot to visit. The Conference was entitled Pathways to Performance, with sessions available on Sight Reading, Avoiding Injury, Performance Anxiety, Female Australian Composers, Effective Practice, The Listening Musician, and Finishing Touches. We had time to meet with other teachers from around NZ and share experiences. Entertainment was ably provided by local artists on Thursday night, on Friday by the superb NZ Chamber soloists, and at the Conference Dinner by Hamilton’s talented singers, with an eclectic blend of songs from shows over the last century. What skill and talent is shown when enthusiastic folk are at the helm! Grateful thanks to the dedicated team of the Waikato Branch of the IRMT!

Denise Dore, the South Island Rep, hosted a masterclass with Lynda Moorcroft recently. Here is her report:

On Saturday 17th of February we had a masterclass for our music teachers who are involved with ANZCA exams. This was taken by Dr Lynda Moorcroft, an examiner with ANZCA who is living here in Dunedin. Attending were 17 teachers, plus 7 pupils who played their pieces for us.

As it is only February, it was great to see the students had prepared their pieces over the summer holidays, thanks to the support of their teachers. Students played pieces ranging from Grade One through to Grade Eight. Lynda was extremely positive with each student – no negativity, even though some struggled with their pieces. Phrasing was introduced on a piece where none was indicated in an early grade. In a Grade Two boogie piece, Lynda gave us variations in rhythm with additional notation plus a handout on different chord structures.

Pedalling was a problem with some students, but Lynda taught them how to “flutter” with the pedal to give a better performance. Another student needed to place her hands more “inland” to enable her smaller digits to reach the appropriate notes.

Lynda explained how some editions of classical music had been changed from the originals. Some dynamics added were not the composer's, thus giving a distorted version. We were all intrigued in learning the originality of the Moonlight Sonata.

We were extremely grateful to have Lynda for the four hours, even though she went overtime. Such an enthusiastic professional teacher and academic, we are so privileged to have her her in Dunedin. Teachers went away with plenty to think about and hopefully improve their own teaching techniques, and new teachers were shown the workings of ANZCA exams.


Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

Gong Xi Fa Cai 2018 to all who celebrate the Chinese New Year! Fifteen days of feasting and weeks of preparation must have filled most of our time as we moved into the month of February, but we are coming to the end of it soon. For sure, Malaysians and Singaporeans who are blessed with colourful cultures and a variety of cuisines will be looking forward to more festivities to celebrate for the rest of the year.

Many of us would have organised our teaching schedules by now and will be preparing the progress charts for our students, wondering whether they will fulfil our expectations. We will just need to be positive that all will going well in this doggie year! Maybe we can try to venture into doing things differently: a new approach and thinking in the way we teach, being more adventurous in selecting repertoires - especially ones that we are not familiar with - or have a go with the new Jazz Syllabus that ANZCA has brought out.

Wishing everyone a prosperous 2018, a year of great achievement with good health.



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