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New CT ABRSM options

It’s now five years since the Certificate of Teaching Course (CT ABRSM) was launched in the UK and by the summer over 1000 teachers will have successfully completed the course.

Richard Crozier, Director of Professional Development

This year’s CT ABRSM Tasters and Open Mornings were met with an excellent response, reflecting the fact that more and more teachers are now actively acknowledging the importance of professional development in their careers, and that they are keen to find out what the Associated Board can offer.

The CT ABRSM course is all about enabling teachers to re-think their views on teaching and to up date their knowledge of current developments in music education. For example, getting to grips with Curriculum 2000 and the ideas raised in A Common Approach, produced by the National Association of Music Educators (NAME), and the Federation of Music Services (FMS).

Now, with an increasing number of teachers looking for the right professional development

option, plans are in place to give more teachers access to the CT ABRSM course. We do realise that for some, making the necessary commitment to complete the CT ABRSM course in just one academic year is impossible. As a result, the course will soon be available in three different formats. Modular Access to any of the 9 individual modules that make up the full course. This option allows teachers to sample one or more parts of the course. The rest of the course modules can then be completed within a time frame of three years. 2 year The full CT ABRSM course taken over two years. Available at a limited number of regional centres. 1 year The original one year part-time format. Available at the majority of regional centres. With these new options, available in the UK from October, we hope that even more teachers will be able to take the professional development plunge.

For a copy of the prospectus or to discuss the various course options, contact

Anna Munks, UK Course Administrator tel 020 7467 8257 email profdev@abrsm.ac.uk

Hong Kong


New Zealand

The inaugural year of the CT ABRSM in Hong Kong reached a triumphant conclusion in January when all 30 students successfully completed the course. The award ceremony was held at the Chinese University on 26 February with Professor Kwok Siu Tong, Dean of the Faculty of Arts officiating. The new intake of students in Hong Kong began their studies last month with mentors Tim Arnold, John Byrne and Jeremy Carter and course leader, Emeritus Professor David Gwilt.


The first of a number of refresher courses for CT ABRSM holders was held at Benslow, Herts on 13 April. Information about forthcoming refresher courses will be circulated to all teachers who have successfully completed the course, in the Professional Development Newsletter.

The 1999 – 2000 CT ABRSM award ceremony and celebratory reception takes place at the Royal College of Music in London on 26 July.

Whilst in New Zealand to lead a series of jazz workshops, Charlie Beale, our jazz consultant and author of Jazz Piano from Scratch, also auditioned applicants for the Centenary Travel Grant Scheme, which for the first time focuses on jazz. Places have now been offered to Pieter Bos, Charmaine Ford and Kirsten Jackson who are due to arrive in the UK this September for a term of study specially developed by Charlie in collaboration with the Professional Development Department.

The third intake of students on the CT ABRSM course in Singapore began their studies with a six-day trip to England, in April. During their stay, they enjoyed visits to the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London for masterclass sessions with Chief Examiner, Clara Taylor who is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. The remainder of the course is conducted in Singapore, at the National Institute of Education (NIE), where our Regional Consultant for SE Asia, Bill Thomson, will be actively involved. Bill’s substantial experience as both a teacher and performer in the UK and Hong Kong coupled with his enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of music will enable him to make a unique and invaluable contribution to the course.

West Indies

At the end of June, Ian Smith and Peter Noke, CT ABRSM course leader and mentor respectively, will embark on a 14 day professional development tour of the West Indies. This tour builds on the success of a similar programme presented in Malta in May last year. Ian and Peter will lead a series of three-day programmes of professional development for piano, instrumental and singing teachers. The programmes are being run at three centres: Kingston, Jamaica; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. For more information contact your local representative.




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