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NEWS

INTERNATIONAL

Address book

Abu Dhabi Ms. Zhuli The Directress International Music Institute PO Box 71884 tel (2) 211949/211299 fax (2) 214824 email zhuli@emirates.net.ae

Antigua Geraldine Nias fax 480 4240

Australia: Perth Judy Thonell fax (9)386 2658 email thonellp@iinet.net.au

Canada: Vancouver Patricia Rolston email PatriciaRolston@aol.com

Ghana Lydia Arthur Association of Ghana Music Teachers PO Box 1281 Accra tel 306512/665555 fax 306512

Luxembourg Jacqueline Fleming email jfleming@pt.lu

Philippines Rica Ocampo Veloso email rica.veloso @britishcouncil.org.ph

Sharjah Nasrine Talog-Davies tel (home) (6) 524 2808 tel (work) (6) 535 1410 fax (6) 534 4797

South Africa: Kwa Zulu Natal Free State Region & Lesotho Moyra Poole tel (333) 863022 fax (333) 864686

USA: Boston Winnie Ip email winnie.ip @worldnet.att.net

USA: Ohio Benita Tse email bjleung@dellnet.com

USA: San Diego Catherine Godden email cmgodden @worldnett.att.net

Diploma seminars

Philip Mundey

During March and April, Philip Mundey, Director of Examinations, travelled to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand, presenting seminars on the new Diploma Syllabus. Philip commented: “It was good to have the opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones when talking in detail about the new Diploma Syllabus. Hundreds of teachers came along to venues in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, in Singapore and Hong Kong, and in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.

“There was a huge amount of interest in the new awards. Particularly appreciated was the accessible challenge of the DipABRSM, the way in which the new LRSM builds on, but takes forward, its illustrious predecessor, and the availability for the first time of an even higher goal in the FRSM. The new possibilities opened up by the DipABRSM in Teaching attracted much favourable comment.”

For information about the new diplomas contact your local representative.

Chief Executive in the Caribbean

Diplomas in Ireland

The first session for the new diplomas will take place from 11 to 16 December at our centre in Dublin. The closing date for entries (except for Directing candidates) is 18 September (as for graded exams). Further information on how to enter can be found in the new diploma entry form, available in June.

At the end of March, Richard Morris visited Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. During his tour he presented seminars on our new Diploma Syllabus and launched the forthcoming professional development programme taking place in the West Indies in June and July.

To register for a copy of the Diploma Syllabus contact Kirstie Dods tel +44 20 7467 8221 email diplomas@abrsm.ac.uk

As part of the tour Richard was able to see the exams in action, give broadcasts on local radio and meet with government, university and education contacts.

On his return Richard commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the West Indies – the first I have made as the Board’s Chief Executive. This was a marvellous opportunity to present our new Diploma Syllabus as well as plans for special professional development opportunities for instrumental and singing teachers in 2000. Most importantly, I was able to meet the teachers and representatives who are responsible for so much superb music making in the West Indies.”

For more information about the West Indies Professional Development Programme, see page 3.

Jazz updates

In preparation for the first session of jazz exams in New Zealand, Charlie Beale, author of Jazz Piano from Scratch and our jazz consultant, presented a series of workshops for teachers in January and February.

250 teachers attended the workshops in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington, where Charlie also gave the keynote speech at the Institute of Registered Music Teachers annual conference. The conference focussed on creative expression and ways in which improvisation has influenced musical expression through the centuries, so the jazz component was a particularly relevant one. At the conference, a further 160 teachers attended Charlie’s jazz seminars and workshops.

Charlie returns to New Zealand in October to conduct the first jazz exams outside the UK, and to present a second set of workshops. Some of these will be ‘follow- up’ sessions for teachers who attended the first stage, but there will also be opportunities for teachers who missed the January workshops to catch up.

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