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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

ANZCA International Music Conference 2016   (Major Sponsor: Kawai)
Bookings are now open* for our Conference in Canberra, which runs from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. You'll find all the details here: .

*Teachers in New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand please contact the office for details on how to enrol.

The only matter which hasn't quite been finalised is Friday's "pre-conference" agenda, which will consist of three sessions aimed specifically at classroom music teachers: "Musica Viva in Schools", "Music Education and Each Child's Brain" (presented by Dr Anita Collins) and "Micromusicals: an Introduction for Teachers" (presented by Christopher Norton). If you would like more information when it becomes available, please email the office ( or check the website ( Registration for this day will be offered separately from the main conference and will incur an extra cost.

(For an introduction to this year's Conference, its aims and major events, see Barry Archibald's article below.)

Conference Accommodation
If you are looking for accommodation for the Conference, ANZCA is recommending University House: . Be sure to mention that you're attending the ANZCA Conference, as a number of rooms have been set aside for us. Alternatively, there are many other suitable places offering reasonable prices in the University area.

Monash University and University of South Australia Awards
Recently I was delighted to attend the Monash University Awards Night at Federation Square, Melbourne, to present the ANZCA Composition Prize to Natasha Trinkle (see photo below, with Monash Dean of Arts Professor Rae Frances).

Board Director Maureen Grieve travelled to Adelaide to present the ANZCA Performance Excellence Awards to Nicole O'Reilley, Natasha Blakey and Hannah Nicholson at the University of South Australia awards event. Maureen is pictured below with Nicole O'Rielley.


For more information and photos, go to .

Music Scholarship at ANU School of Music
Following on from ANZCA's music scholarships at Monash University and the University of South Australia, the Board of Directors is delighted to announce the instigation of ANZCA's third university scholarship, at the Australian National University School of Music in Canberra. The conditions of this scholarship are similar to those at Monash, and will be offered to students for outstanding composition. We expect the matter to be finalised in the coming weeks.

New Bank Details for ANZCA
Please be aware that ANZCA is now operating new accounts with the Bendigo Bank – Community Banking Sector, which specialises in banking for not-for-profit organisations. Our NAB accounts will now be phased out over coming months. Please make note of the new details and don't forget to update your online banking details to avoid any confusion in the future:

Bank:  Bendigo Bank
Account name:  ANZCA Limited
BSB number:  633 000
Account number:  1577283

Tony Betros – General Manager

Introducing the 2016 Conference

By Barry Archibald, ANZCA Chairperson

A society's worth must be thought of and measured in terms other than being a financial economy, but also in terms of being a cultural economy. Music enlivens cultural economy with irreplaceable benefits, benefits such as added value to individual and whole-of-society emotional health, improved intelligence by physically opening neural pathways between right and left brain hemispheres (resulting in increased intellectual and emotional capacity), giving meaning and nurturing ideas and emotions when words do not. At the upcoming ANZCA International Music Conference, guest speaker Dr Anita Collins will be speaking about her research into the benefits of music education for academic performance, social skills and well-being, literacy and numeracy skills, improved life outcomes, and brain and physical health in later life.

Click here to continue reading this article on our website.

Fellowship Performer Concert

Congratulations to Brendan Hains, who achieved his Fellowship Performer Diploma (F.Dip.A.) in Modern Guitar on June 19th.

Before a large audience at the Lakeview Auditorium in Caroline Springs (Vic.), Brendan gave a very entertaining concert showcasing his skills with a range of guitar types and musical styles, supported by an impressive group of talented musicians.

Click here to see photos from this event.


Forthcoming Events...

Team of Pianists – Liddiard Gallery Concerts in July
The Team of Pianists will present "Piano and Song of the Gold Rush Era" at the Liddiard Gallery,  Oakleigh Anglican Church, cnr. Dandenong and Warrigal Roads, Chadstone (Vic.), with all proceeds going to the Church's community causes. Performers will include pianists Deborah Jackson and Barbara Pritchard, singers John Banks, Andy Barltrop, Bryan Davey, Lynn Elder and others, and flautist Greg Burns.

Three performances: Friday 15th July, 8pm; Saturday 16th July, 2pm and 8pm.
Tickets: adult $35, concession $25, child $15
Online tickets available from
For more information and bookings, phone 9569 9178 or email .

Melbourne Guitar Show
The 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 6th and 7th, 10am-6pm. Staged by the Australian Music Association and presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, this event will showcase acoustic and electric guitars, basses, ukuleles, amps, effects and more from a wide range of brands, and feature performances from a long list of top Australian and international musicians. For more information or to book tickets, click here.


Examination Closing Dates
Just a reminder that Monday, 1st of August is the closing date for both Series 2 Theory and Series 3 Practical examination entries throughout Australia.

Grade Eight and Diploma Programmes
Please remember that each Grade Eight or Diploma entry is expected to include a list of the works the candidate will perform. If you did not write this information on the entry form, please be sure to submit the titles and composers to the office by email, phone or mail as soon as possible.

YouTube Videos
Don't forget that performances of a range of ANZCA works are available on YouTube; go to the ANZCA Videos on YouTube page of our website for links to relevant channels.

From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

With the winter cold now here, teachers are busy keeping finger warm and students are practising steadily for their practical ANZCA exams to be held in September.

School holidays are upon us, so many students are pursuing other hobbies or visiting with their families and friends. Some are even braving the winter snow and are going to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding!

So best wishes to all teachers and students for the forthcoming music exams, after their holidays.

The ANZCA Conference in Canberra is going to be exciting, and it is hoped many NZ teachers will be able to attend, as I will be.

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

As we move into the second half of the year, teachers and students are eagerly looking forward to exploring more repertoires and improving skills and knowledge. The examiners' almost immediate dispensation of the candidates' practical reports in the past few weeks was indeed helpful, and this has enabled them to reflect on their performances with constructive comments. The General Knowledge and Improvisation (in the Modern stream) components especially saw progressive improvement. It is also seen that teachers are taking advantage of balancing the repertoires in the free choice list, where students who took Modern added a Classical piece in their programme and vice versa. There was a rise in the number of candidates opting for the Improvisation test instead of Sight Reading in the Modern exams. This indicated teachers' confidence in teaching this skill, which is very important if one wants to become a functional musician.

The next series of exams will be in September for Theory, with Practical from the end of October to early November. Checklists will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

The following websites include exciting musical events happening in this region, so please click on the links to find out about them:

Get in touch with Audrey at for more ANZCA information, or Whatsapp at 60128285111.

Sinta Wiriawaty Mawardi, Indonesia

One more reminder to all Indonesian teachers that entries for Series 2 examinations close on Wednesday, July 20th.  All exam entries must be submitted by email to .

Bmas Music Academy, Thailand

Please note that the Bmas Music Academy has moved to new premises, where examinations will be held this year:

Rm# 402, 4th floor, RSU Tower
571 Soi Sukumvit 31, Sukumvit Road
Klongton Nua, Wattana
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 258-1250
Mobile: (66-81) 621-4307

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