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Dear teachers, students and friends of ANZCA,

I trust preparations for upcoming exams are going smoothly. I do recall during my many years of piano teaching that this can be a period of frustration and anxiety for the teacher! I remember pulling my hair out while students were taking it all in their stride, assuring me they'd be ready in time. If only they would approach their studies with a consistent practice regime. I wish you all the best in the coming months!

New Staff Members
We are delighted to welcome two new staff members to the ANZCA team: Peggy Hooper and Kirsten Craggs. Peggy (on the right in photo) brings the ideal skill set, with a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and considerable administration experience. Peggy will be heading office administration and is joined by Kirsten, who also brings valuable admin skills. Many of you will be familiar with the Craggs name – Kirsten's partner is ANZCA Publications Manager Andrew Craggs.

Upcoming Examinations
The closing date for Series 3 examinations has now passed. We may still accept late entries with the payment of a late fee, but you will need to contact the office immediately..

Performance Examinations
We've noticed some confusion with the entries for Performance examinations. When indicating Performance exams on the entry form, please be sure to write (e.g.) "Pianoforte Performance" in the "Instrument" section of the entry form – it doesn't matter if you write in the Modern or the Classical section.

Please also look closely at your student checklist, which will be sent out soon. For Performance exams, you must see the word "Performance" after the instrument name. This is critical, as the report form for Performance exams is different to the regular examination report.

APPC 2019
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I sincerely want to thank Cynthia Delaney (ANZCA's Queensland Representative) for all her efforts at the recent Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Brisbane. The conference was an outstanding success for ANZCA, with much interest demonstrated by many teachers. Cynthia was ably assisted by ANZCA examiner and local representative Kerry Vann, along with other Queensland reps. Thank you all for your efforts!

Special thanks also to Karen Henderson, who made an outstanding presentation at the conference on behalf of ANZCA. The presentation was well received by the large audience and provided valuable information on modern teaching to all who attended.

Upcoming Fellowship Examination
Melbourne teachers and students have a wonderful opportunity to attend the Fellowship Performer examination in Modern Singing of Clarence Marshall on Sunday, 8th September. See below for further details.

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2019

The 2019 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference was held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on July 8th–12th. As a Silver Sponsor, ANZCA was a prominent presence throughout the event, thanks in no small part to the tireless work of Queensland Representative Cynthia Delaney, as well as local Reps Karen Henderson, Kerry Vann, Nicole Tobin, Janine Tegg and Janet Jackson – not to mention Cynthia's husband Brian!

The interest in ANZCA's stand was very high from the outset, and Cynthia, Kerry and our other reps were kept busy with teachers from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, answering questions and selling many publications. Karen Henderson's popular workshop The Versatile Studio Teacher – Modern Tools for Your Portfolio from the ANZCA Syllabus resulted in plenty of interest in ANZCA's Modern Piano improvisation options and our Improvisation book.

Blackrock Music also conducted interviews with Cynthia and Karen regarding the ANZCA system – click on the names to watch on the Blackrock Facebook page!

Above, left and centre: Dr Kerry Vann at the ANZCA stand. Right: Karen Henderson presents her workshop, The Versatile Studio Teacher.

Above, L–R: ANZCA teachers Janet Jackson (examiner and Mackay Rep.) Helen Sedman, Mary Hawkins, Courtney March-Peach, Cynthia Delaney (examiner and Whitsundays and State Rep.) Nicole Tobin (Cairns Rep.), Giselle Roberts (ACT Rep.) and Caryn Eastman (examiner).



Forthcoming Events

Fellowship Performer Diploma Concert

Clarence Marshall will undertake his Fellowship Performer Diploma in Modern Singing at a public concert examination at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon (Vic.).

This free event is open to the public, and will feature a wide range of popular songs, show tunes and original compositions.

Where:  Mary Thurman Recital Space, Lowther Hall A.G.S., 17 Leslie Rd., Essendon
When:  Sunday, 8th of September, 2:00–4:00 pm. Afternoon tea is included.

To attend, RSVP to Clarence Marshall on 0425 865 888 by the 30th of August.

Concert: Introspection & Rare View by Alan Griffiths

As announced in the June Stretto, ANZCA is proud to sponsor a concert of works by acclaimed Melbourne composer Alan Griffiths (left) on Sunday, 20th of October at 4:00 pm, at Tempo Rubato, 34 Breese Street, Brunswick (Vic.).

This event will feature renowned virtuoso pianist Nicholas Young, along with acclaimed violinist Gemma Tommlinson and cellist Ben Spiers.

Tickets are $30 (full) or $20 (student/concession). For more information, visit, or contact Alan by email at or phone 0403 921 242.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Series 2 Practical Examinations are to take place in NZ from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 27th of September. Two examiners will cover NZ: the North Island teachers are looking forward to welcoming ANZCA Chairperson Barry Archibald this year, while the South Island will be visited by NSW Representative Sandra Conwell. (Click on their names to see information about each examiner.) Barry arrives this year with a doctorate as well – congratulations are well deserved! I'm sure both of our examiners won't mind if teachers have questions to ask them about aspects of ANZCA's examination system.

Not only do we have the Classical and Modern Grade exams, but we also have Performance exams in each grade, and now Jazz exams in levels. To clarify:

  • Classical and Modern examinations include pieces, scales/arpeggios, sight reading or improvisation, aural tests and general knowledge.
  • Performance exams include 4 pieces, worth 25 marks each. There are no other requirements.
  • Jazz exams are available for a selection of instruments and are arranged in levels.
We hope to be able to have several workshops on the Jazz Syllabus in the near future, so watch this space and your e-mail inbox for details.

Please, DO update us with your new e-mails, addresses, phone numbers or other information we should know about. This is so we can "keep you in the loop" and you won't miss out!!

Also, if you know teachers who seem interested in ANZCA and its system, please let me or any of the local representatives know. If we receive a name and contact address/phone number/e-mail, we can send these folk info and encourage them to try our system.

A BIG WELCOME to our new examination centre at Whangerei. Alexis Westlake and Helen Tong have combined and are presenting 25 candidates this year. Best wishes too to all teachers throughout NZ who are presenting candidates in this series.

Series 3 Theory Examinations will be held on Saturday 19th October, starting at 9:00 am throughout the country. The entries are in, and students are learning and practising their theoretical knowledge appropriate to the grade they are sitting. We wish them and their teachers all the best for these exams.

ANZCA Publications:
I stock all ANZCA publications, so just a text, phone call (or message) or e-mail to me and I can have your order in the mail immediately. I like to be able to supply your order asap!!
You will receive an invoice with your order and a bank account number to pay online, or you may send the cut-off slip plus a cheque to me, and I'll bank it into the ANZCA account for you.

May your days be filled with MUSIC!

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

The publication of the new Music Theory – Pathway to Grade Five book has been very well received here, as many teachers have waited expectantly for this. One of the strengths of the ANZCA music examination system is the balance of all the components of performance: aural skills, musicianship and the understanding of the styles and genres, plus a comprehensive theory syllabus that is relevant to ensure teachers get strong educational support in our teaching.

Quite a number of teachers from Malaysia and Singapore attended the recent Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Brisbane, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We hope many more from this region will join in the next APPC which will be held in Perth (Western Australia) in 2021.

I would like to thank ANZCA for supporting the 26th Kota Kinabalu Music and Dance Festival, which will be happening on the 31st August and 1st of September. For more information, go to

At this last quarter of 2019, more exams will be coming our way as usual, so let's get ready and excel.



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