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Dear teachers, students and friends of ANZCA,

It’s hard to believe there are only weeks now until the end of the year. Hasn’t the year flown? For many of your students examination dates will be approaching now. Although we all hope for consistent practice throughout the year, for many students this is time when most of their examination work is done. It’s amazing how much can be achieved in the last couple of months/weeks; we can only imagine how brilliant our students would be with this kind of work all year round. Good luck to all your students and to you on examination day.

Examination Dates
Programming of examinations has been very challenging this series, as we no longer have the extensive experience of Brenda and Anna. Our two new staff members Peggy and Kirsten have both been amazing under very trying conditions. My experience in programming is not vast but we are almost there now. If you haven’t received your examination date, please don’t be concerned yet. We expect all dates to be finalised by the end of next week (November 1). If you haven’t heard by then we ask you to make contact with the office.

Fellowship Times Two!
Congratulations to both Raymond Khong and Clarence Marshall on recently being awarded the Fellowship Performer Diploma in Singing – one Classical and the other Modern.

Raymond gave a wonderful performance with an entertaining mixture of tradition Classical arias sprinkled with contemporary popular pieces. It was a really entertaining and moving afternoon.

Clarence was awarded Honours, and he entertained the audience with a wide variety of contemporary pieces making for a really entertaining afternoon. He was often accompanied by members of his family, and what was most impressive was the wide contrast of styles he delivered throughout the afternoon.

Singing Syllabus
I know Singing teachers are looking forward to the release of this new syllabus and we’re almost there! We are expecting it to be available before the end of this year. See below for more information.

Theory Results
A reminder that ANZCA always advertises the posting date for theory results in the yearly handbook. For this year's October session, the date is Wednesday, 13 November.

Alan Griffiths Concert
ANZCA was proud to be associated with this event at Tempo Rubato in Brunswick on October 20. Alan is a truly inspiring composer who incorporates contemporary themes into compositions reminiscent of so many of the great classical forms and styles. The performance from acclaimed concert pianist Nicholas Young was quite amazing – at times it was like being taken for a ride in a Formula 1 car, yet feeling completely safe and in control. Cellist Gemma Kneale and violinist Ben Spiers performed wonderfully with Nicholas in works from Alan's latest Album, Rare View.

A number of Alan's works are included in the advanced levels of the ANZCA Pianoforte (Classical) Syllabus. You can listen to extracts and purchase scores from his website:

NSW teachers, keep an eye out as Alan is planning another event in Sydney in the first part of 2020.

New Zealand Representative
Jenny Brown recently informed us that she is no longer able to continue in the role of New Zealand Representative. Jenny has had a trying year health-wise in 2019, and although she is improving now, she feels now is the time to make the move. If any New Zealand teachers are interested in taking up this position, please contact me at, where I’d be happy to provide more information.

Piano Pivot Live 2020
Have you heard about this event? It really looks outstanding and ANZCA will be involved as a Sponsor and Exhibitor, so if you’re going come along and say hello at the ANZCA stall. For more information and ticket purchases follow this link:

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

New Publications – Coming Soon!

The latest Singing Syllabus will be released in time for exams in 2020. This major revision by ANZCA examiner Melissa Condello includes not only updated Lists, but also new Technical Work, Sight Reading and Aural Test requirements, with new support publications for these sections.

The usual 12-month changeover period will apply, so the current syllabus and publications/requirements will remain valid throughout 2020.

The first volume in a new series of Mandolin grade books by Darryl Barron will be released later this year.

Mandolin – Preliminary & Grade One follows the format of the popular grade books for Modern Guitar and Modern Bass, with a variety of arrangements and original compositions covering all exam lists for each level. Performance notes and a glossary are also included.

An additional feature of this book is a selection of accompaniment parts for guitar, written by Michelle Nelson. Designed to help young students develop a sense of timing and ensemble playing, these accompaniments can be played by the teacher both in the lesson and the examination.

Mandolin – Preliminary & Grade One can be pre-ordered now via the website (click on the image above) or by phone or email to the ANZCA office.

Drum Kit Support Material

Have you caught up with Mark Murphy's Drum Kit Fills tutorial videos on his YouTube channel yet? Now up to Tutorial 7, these videos feature Mark demonstrating various fills and techniques from his Drum Kit Fills series of books (available from our online store).

Don't forget that Mark's channel (drums9842) also has performances of all solos and studies from the Drum Kit Fills and Drum Kit Performance books – a fantastic resource for both teachers and students!

Watch out also for new Drum Kit Performance backing tracks, set to be released for streaming or download in the new year. These new accompaniment tracks for solos from ANZCA's grade books will give drums students the opportunity to play exam solos with guitar, bass and keyboard parts. Keep an eye on ANZCA's Facebook page and website for further announcements. 



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Well. the practical exams are over and the certificates received by the teachers have been passed on to their successful candidates.

Congratulations to all candidates for working hard to achieve their best results, and to the teachers who encouraged, taught, and encouraged some more! Many candidates are learning several arts/sports, and music is just one of their "hobbies". Hence, fitting in their daily practice and other performing opportunities can become a juggling exercise!  Thanks especially to Barry Archibald (North Island) and Sandra Conwell (South Island) for the encouraging remarks on the report sheets. It's a real boost to candidates when they come out of an exam room smiling, as well as relieved! These are students who usually continue with their musical tuition. Now we wait for the results of the recent theory exams, which will be posted from the head office in Australia on the 13th of November.

The Rotorua/Taupo branch of the IRMTNZ (now called Learn Music NZ) held its 32nd Senior Scholarships in September. It was a very interesting and entertaining day, listening to each entrant's 20-minute programme. The adjudicator, Justin Bird from Auckland, commented on the high standard of performance from the contestants, and gave advice on demonstrating the expression that the composer wished to be shown. This is an important skill to achieve. Veronica Chen from Rotorua won the second place and the ANZCA prize for Best 20th/21st Century Solo for her performance of Wild Mushrooms by Milne. (See the photo above of Veronica with Justin Bird and me; click see a larger version.) Congratulations to the winner, Hannah Seo, who won $1,000, Veronica Chen 2nd place, who won $500, and Liz Tamblin 3rd place, who won $300 and the Best Presentation Cup.

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

Entering the last quarter of 2019, we are all busy preparing for school and music exams happening in the next three weeks. While looking forward to a good break soon, there are many interesting happenings for us to indulge in to refresh, upgrade, reconnect or even make new friends with the like-minded. Check out these posters of coming events – it is not too late to sign up.

Here is a write-up of a recent get-together:

Let’s continue to share and support each other.



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