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Setting the Standards Outlook


At the time of writing I have just returned from my first tour of the West Indies to meet representatives and teachers and to give seminars on the Board’s new diploma examinations. I was also able to announce a special professional development course to be offered in the West Indies this summer. This course follows on from the course in Malta last year and reflects our decision to apply available scholarship funds more flexibly for the benefit of instrumental teaching internationally. On page 3 of this issue you will find more information about the West Indies course.



There are also reports of other overseas travels. Philip Mundey, Director of Examinations, is now embarked on a major tour of the Far East conducting seminars on both the new diplomas and jazz. Charlie Beale has recently been to New Zealand, where Jazz Piano exams will be available later this year. We have received especially positive feedback on our jazz publications from jazz’s homeland in the USA and will be actively promoting our jazz activities there. Rita Rattray, Head of International Administration, recently attended the annual conference of the Music Teachers National Association in Minneapolis and met with our US representatives.


This issue also reports the appointment of a consultant to develop the Board’s work in Japan and announces the dates for our new Professional Development Programme for teachers in Malaysia and Singapore, to be presented by Clara Taylor, Chief Examiner.



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