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ANZCA Teacher Conference 2016 – Canberra
ANZCA's Representatives in the ACT Giselle and Kieran Roberts have been hard at work organising all matters relating to the 2nd Biennial Teachers' Conference, to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra over the first weekend in October. We are currently finalising arrangements with some of Australia's principal music educators and musicians, and expect to announce a high-quality program very soon.

Stretto E-newsletter
I hope you're enjoying the new Stretto format! We have received many positive comments and a few suggestions, which we'll take on board. One teacher asked if the Teachers' Forum section would be continuing. Of course, Stretto's editor Andrew Craggs continues to welcome your musical questions and comments. Please email .

ANZCA Subscription
There are many benefits for ANZCA subscribers, including a 15% discount on all ANZCA publications, an Affiliation Certificate, access to Stretto's monthly "Super Specials" (see below in this email), one free syllabus (per edition), etc. ANZCA subscription is open to all teachers. In addition, the Board of Directors recently approved a new scheme which allows teachers to register within two different categories: Full Registration and Associate Registration. Teachers who register under these categories can submit their qualifications or teaching experience and will be recommended by the office when enquiries from students are received. A new category will also be included for students, giving them the opportunity to join ANZCA under the Affiliation Subscription. More information will be available in the next edition of Stretto.

Please remember: anyone can enter students for ANZCA examinations; you do not need to be a registered or subscribing teacher to do so.

Tony Betros - General Manager


Guest Feature

Sight-Reading: Why Bother With It?

By Michelle Nelson

In late 2015, the online journal The Conversation published a thought-provoking article Musical Literacy: a skill of some note(s) by Australian music academic Dr Peter Tregear (currently Teaching Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London).

The author discusses music notation and its dwindling role in the transmission of contemporary music in the digital world, together with the Pop-culture perception that reading music is no longer necessary. Of particular interest for music teachers, he also raises the question of whether reading is essential to gaining a music qualification.

The sad news is that it's not: there are already tertiary courses in the world that do not promote music reading beyond a basic level. Having run a guitar-teaching studio (since 1991), I know well that the majority of guitarists who graduate from jazz-based courses offered through our TAFE system, even some from lauded institutions like the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), can not read music well enough to do an on-the-spot reading test. Certainly not well enough to be able to teach 'music' (as opposed to teaching noodling on an instrument).

Click here to continue reading this article on our website.


New Violin Syllabus

The latest edition of ANZCA's Violin syllabus is now available.

This edition features revised Lists across all grades, including a number of fiddle publications in various folk styles. Technical Work has been simplified to a single regime based on Ted Pople's Essential Technique for Violin.

The String Quartet syllabus is also included in this book, along with Theory of Music.

The 2015-17 Violin Syllabus can be purchased as a hard copy (see below) or downloaded as a free PDF from the ANZCA website.

Australian teachers click here to order a hard copy from our website; if outside Australia, please contact your country's representative. 

Please note that Viola, Cello and Double Bass have not yet been updated. Teachers of these instruments should continue to use the previous String syllabus until further notice.

Graduation 2016

The 2016 ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert was a great success, with exciting performances from our Graduates and guest artist Natasha Trinkle (winner of the inaugural ANZCA Composition Prize at Monash University, whose cello and piano work Devils at Dusk will soon be available from ANZCA).

Natasha TrinkleFor more details of this event, including a list of all Graduates and a selection of photographs, please click here to go to our website.

Forthcoming Events...

Elbow Room Concert
The Melbourne Composers' League presents the latest event in its long-running Elbow Room concerts series at the historic Montsalvat estate in Eltham (Vic.) on Sunday 10th of April, 2:30-4:30pm. The Elbow Room concerts are known for their presentation of exciting new music in a broad array of styles, from experimental to traditional. For more information or bookings, phone (03) 9439 7712.

Do Tone and Touch Matter?
Professor Max Cooke will present the Piano Teacher Seminar Do Tone and Touch Matter? at Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood (Vic.) on Wednesday 4th of May, 9:30am-12:30pm. To book or for more information on this and other Bernies Educational Events, visit .

Christopher Norton Workshops
Christopher Norton's April 2016 Australian tour will include workshops in Proserpine, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville. For full details, go to the Events page of our website.

From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

A warm welcome to two new ANZCA subscribers from the South Island:
  Stephanie Melville-Chambers from Winton
  Margaret Shearing from Christchurch

The new school and music lesson year is well underway now, with new goals being set by teachers and students. Thanks to all our teachers for submitting Series 1 (written exams) entries so promptly.

Speaking of exam entries, please keep in mind that the closing date for Series 2 (practical exams) is the 16th of May. Remember, late entries incur a $15 fee, so be in early! These exams take place in September throughout New Zealand; be sure to have your students check for any other events they may have in this month, so these can be noted on your entry form. The office will aim to avoid these dates wherever possible when setting exams.

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

As we sail past the first quarter of the year, entries for Series 1 of the theory and practical exams are being processed, with checklists being sent out to teachers and schools for confirmation of details.

With the publication of the Modern Pianoforte Improvisation and new Music Theory workbooks, teachers have references and guides in preparing their students on these exam components. This has enhanced the knowledge and skills of each individual and propelled confident attempts to explore all genres of music. Many teachers have agreed that the compulsory General Knowledge requirements from the lowest Introductory level set the benchmark high in the education approach. A well-informed student reflects a thorough and responsible teacher. ANZCA teachers testify to students being more independent and curious in their exploration of compositions and styles.

Some exciting events will be happening in this region in September; check out the following websites for details of festivals: and .

Do email if you have any enquiries.

Sinta Wiriawaty Mawardi, Indonesia

Series 1 practical exams will be held in Indonesia from Friday, May 27th to Thursday, June 2nd. For more information, please contact us at .

Bizet's Carmen will be performed by the Jakarta Concert Orchestra, the Batavia Madrigal Singers and the Resonanz Children's Choir on April 16th and 17 at Ciputra Artpreneur. For more information, please phone (021) 2128-2126 or (021) 2128-2127, or email .

Panadda Hongsakul, Thailand

The Bangkok Regional Round of the 2016 Osaka International Music Competition will be held at the College of Music, Mahidol University on Sunday, July 3rd. Now in its 17th year, this prestigious event features three sections, and offers two scholarships for outstanding contestants. Entries for the Bangkok Regional Round close on June 16th. For more information or to enter, please visit . 

Subscriber's Super Special - 25% Off RRP!

All Drumkit Performance grade books:

Introductory to Volume 9

Available exclusively to ANZCA subscribers. Please quote teacher number when ordering.

Valid until the April edition of Stretto on orders placed through the ANZCA office (Australia) or Representative (outside Aust.).

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