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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

As I write this update, it's incredible to think that Christmas is almost upon us. Be aware that the office will close on Wednesday next week, and we will return on January 16th.

I hope the 2018 examination experience was all you and your students expected it would be. I welcome all feedback at

New Syllabuses
Keep an eye on the website as the 2018 syllabuses are released over the coming weeks. Some important developments include a significant update to the Classical Piano repertoire lists, and an overhaul of the Singing Syllabus which will include new publications to assist students and teachers in the technical work, sight reading and aural tests sections of the examinations.

• Do keep in mind that the 2015–17 syllabus remains valid for one more year, i.e until the end of 2018.

2018 Information Pack
Teacher information packs will be posted soon and include the 2018 Examination Handbook and Information book and teacher subscription forms. Being a subscribing teacher is optional and is not a requirement to enrol students for ANZCA examinations. The benefits of being a subscriber include a 15% discount on ANZCA publications, a Subscription Certificate, one free 2018–20 syllabus, and discounts on ANZCA workshops and events.

ANZCA's examination entry fees will not increase in 2018.

Jazz Syllabus – Now Including Piano
Level 1 of the exciting new series by Christopher Norton and Doug McGregor is now available. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the piano version of the syllabus has also been approved for examinations, which will commence in Series 3, 2018.

Norton Visit
Christopher Norton will visit Australia in April to promote the new ANZCA Jazz Syllabus in a number of capital cities. We are still working to finalise the details, but it's likely that he will also be conducting workshops in Rockhampton and Sydney.

Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship
I'm delighted to inform you that Arthur Weston and his family have made the Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship available to all Grade Five theory candidates in Australia from 2017. This is an extremely generous award of $750 in 2017, and will increase to $1,000 from 2018 until 2021. The Weston family also recently announced a further commitment that will extend the scholarship until 2025.

Margaret Weston was a wonderful Queensland teacher and supporter of ANZCA Music Examinations. Margaret had a particular passion for theory, and her family is delighted to provide this significant incentive and encouragement for ANZCA theory students.

A.C.T. student Marlon Taylor is the winner of the Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship in 2017. Marlon and his teacher Jill Bellchambers (a long-time ANZCA teacher) were both thrilled and honoured with the news. Congratulations to you both on this outstanding achievement.

For a list of all ANZCA's 2017 scholarship winners, see News Diary below, or click here to visit our website, where you will also find criteria for all our theory scholarships.

On behalf of ANZCA's Board of Directors and Staff, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and that you have time to relax, recharge and catch up with family and friends. Please stay safe. 

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Examination Handbook and Information 2018

The 2018 Examination Handbook and Information is currently being posted to all ANZCA subscribers and active teachers.

If you do not receive a copy over the coming weeks, please contact the ANZCA office (from the 16th of January) or your country's representative.

This manual is also available in PDF format from our website; click on the region links on the right-hand side of the home page, or under the Exam Entry tab in the menu.

2017 Theory Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following students, who have been awarded this year's ANZCA Theory Scholarship prizes. Teachers' names are in brackets.

Grade Four
$80 ANZCA Publications Voucher per student
  A.C.T.  Matthew Stephen Cawley (Giselle Roberts)
  Malaysia  Ellisa Ee Jia Xin (Yip Chuin Ping)
  Indonesia  Pauline Raharja (Studio Musik Sienny)

Grade Five
  A.C.T.  Marlon Taylor (Jill Bellchambers)   Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship, $750
  New Zealand  Emily Grace Kneale (Miriam du Feu)  ANZCA Theory Scholarship,
     $100 voucher

  Indonesia  Jesslyn Cheryl Handoko (Studio Musik Sienny)  Ivor Morgan Scholarship,
     $100 voucher

For full details of criteria for all ANZCA theory scholarships, click here to go to our website.

New Publications from ANZCA

In addition to the recent release of Jazz Syllabus Level 1 (for flute, clarinet, alto and tenor sax, trumpet, trombone and piano), the following new books are now available or set for release in early 2018:

Theory of Music – Worked Papers 2017 contains completed papers for both the May and October theory exams, from Preliminary to Grade Six. Click here to purchase from our online store.

The second book the Modern Bass grade book series by ANZCA examiner Darryl Barron will be released in February 2018. Featuring 12 new compositions and arrangements, this book also includes performance notes and a general knowledge glossary.

In addition, I Play Ukulele, Book 2 will be available early in 2018, as will new high-grade studies for plectrum guitar by Michelle Nelson and modern piano by Andrew Craggs.

Office Closing Dates

Please note that our office will close for the Christmas/New Year period on Wednesday 20th of December and re-open on Tuesday 16th of January 2018.



Forthcoming Events

MTASA Summer Conference 2018

The Music Teachers' Association of South Australia's 2018 Summer Conference, "Teaching for Creative Outcomes", will take place on the 17th and 18th of January. To be held at The Performing Arts Centre at Seymour College (Glen Osmond), this year's event will include presentations by well-known music educators including Mark Gibson, as well as ANZCA's Board Director Maureen Milton OAM.

For more information, visit the MTASA website, or click here to book tickets online.

Piano Educators Day 2018

Bernies Music Land in Ringwood (Vic.) will hold its ninth annual Piano Educators Day on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2018. Keynote speakers this year include popular composers Sonny Chua and Mark Gibson.

For more details or to book, click on the ad below to visit the Bernies Music Land website.

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert 2018

The annual Graduation Ceremony and Concert for 2018 will be held at the Methodist Ladies' College, Kew (Vic.), on Saturday 17th of March. This event will feature performances by successful ANZCA diploma candidates and guest performers, and all teachers, students and the general public are welcome to attend.

Full details, including ticket prices and a full list of graduands, will be published in the next edition of Stretto.


Guest Feature

Teenagers: Do They Listen?

By Michelle Nelson

Of course, parents reading this will all be thinking, 'don't be silly; they rarely do!' And I expect most teens to have finely tuned skepticism for their parents' regular, well-intentioned offerings of sage, learned advice. I didn't listen to my parents; especially the stuff about needing a better career choice than music!

But no, I mean 'do today's teenagers listen properly to music?' Really listen. Repeated, concentrated listening that they engage in voluntarily and actually enjoy? The disappointing conclusion I've reached is that they don't; that the overwhelming majority of 21st-century teens – the so-called "Digital Natives" – are not listening to music the way that older musicians think is "normal".

Being a child of the '60s, I grew up believing music to be a powerful force for social change and personal enrichment. Without realizing it at the time, the culture I was born into taught me that listening to and actively engaging with music was good for my personal development, as well as being entertaining. And as a teen with rapidly developing instrumental skill, I was drawn to and actively directed towards a variety of fine instrumental music. By my 16th birthday I was completely immersed in the power of good music; I already believed it to be a vital life ingredient. Still do.

A few short years later, as my nascent music career began to unfold, I became a young adult in a world in which musicians had a mainstream cultural status the no longer seem to. Music was important and the music industry was big, big business. The idea that you could pursue music as a serious vocation, that you had to delve deeply into it to excel at it, was taken seriously. Even in the Pop world you were expected to be above mere proficiency if you were claiming to be a "musician". And thus, in the 1980s, I found myself absorbed into a culture of people who worked regularly at their skills, took pride in their abilities and regarded the maintenance and furthering of them to be a matter of ongoing personal discipline and work.

I never questioned it. Until recently, that is.

Click here to continue reading on the ANZCA website.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Hi to all our ANZCA teachers! Thanks for using ANZCA publications and examinations, and I hope you all find it an inspiring system to work with. Thanks also to the teachers who so ably hosted examiners Maureen Milton OAM and Judith Field at their studios, and gave them morning/afternoon teas and lunches. I know the examiners appreciate being so well looked after.

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Judith Field, who was such a stalwart in all musical areas in New Plymouth and beyond, passed away on the 7th of November, just over a month after she so bravely undertook the examining schedule that had been set for her.

Judy knew she was very unwell, and unfortunately her health deteriorated rather quickly at around the examining time. She didn't want to let ANZCA down and knew that she enjoyed the examining very much, so despite her health she undertook the task with a smile. Her daughter was a great support to her at that time. She had a big funeral in New Plymouth and as the rain came down, it seemed to echo our feelings! I felt privileged to be able to thank her family once again for the selfless attitude Judy took at that busy examination time.

Earlier this year, the IRMT Rotorua/Taupo branch held its 2017 Eisteddfod and Senior Scholarship events. ANZCA sponsored two sections of these very successful competitions: "Best Work by a New Zealand Composer" at the Eisteddfod, and "Best 20th/21st Century Composition" for the Senior Scholarship. Congratulations to Denisa Berbece (pictured with me below left) for winning the Senior Scholarship prize.

In October, Sandra (Sandy) Lynch took a very productive workshop in Tauranga on composition. As this is an area which doesn't get "examined" either in grade or school exams, it is often bypassed. So those of us who attended let our "creative juices" flow under the expert guidance of Sandy, who complimented all our compositions for some aspect we'd shown and left us keen to fit some composition exercises into our general music teaching. Teachers travelled from Hamilton, Taupo and even Hastings to attend the Tauranga workshop. Unfortunately I didn't receive enough registrations to hold the Auckland workshop, so it may be offered at a more welcome time next year.

The Tauranga workshop attendees are pictured below right: L–R Samuel Burroughs (Tauranga), Fiona McNab (Tauranga), ANZCA Rep. Jenny Brown (Taupo, at rear), Margaret Ransley (Hamilton), Helen Hunter (Tauranga, at rear), Sandra Lynch, Judy Viles (Hastings), Vivienne Wairepo (Hamilton, at rear) and Liz Ward (Taupo). Not pictured: Wendy Neilson (Hamilton) and Miriam du Feu (Tauranga, taking the photo!).

Denisa Berbece & Jenny Brown

Please note my new email: My phone numbers and address are still the same. Do place your ANZCA publication orders with me early for 2018.

May I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a restful holiday season, ready to "fire up" for another musical journey with ANZCA in 2018!

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

We are in the last month of 2017! Time to reflect and make new resolutions, and hopefully we can fulfill them in the coming year. Whatever they may be, as music educators it will always be good and beneficial to our students.

One of the many challenges we face as teachers is time – what we do with the limited time students have nowadays. Twenty-four hours passes quicker than we think because this is a digital age and every new gadget has a smart identity attached, all except the users. Therefore, perhaps it is good to ponder what is smart teaching and learning in our struggle with time. People are actually paying to attend courses on how to manage time, but I think that we can do better than that as musicians, because being in time is our goal... but I'm not too sure if we are on time.

Nevertheless, it is also time to celebrate all our achievements with our loved ones, and have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!



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