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From our South East Asia Consultant



Bill Thomson

Syllabus feedback Email communications have been arriving from far and wide – including Southern India, where there is great interest in the new diplomas including requests for seminars on the new DipABRSM in the subcontinent. This interest is mirrored in Malaysia and Singapore where large numbers of teachers and Grade 8 students attended Philip Mundey’s recent seminars. As a result many Grade 8 candidates are now intending to proceed beyond the grades, to diploma level. This is very exciting and I’m looking forward to 2001 being a record year for diploma entries in SE Asia.

PDP 2000

Singapore and Malaysia Professional Development Programme 30 August to 13 September Presented by Clara Taylor Booking forms will be sent to all teachers in July

Keep the emails coming please – communication needs to be a two-way affair, and your input, as ever, helps enormously in the process of shaping syllabus and training developments.

New representative

Trinidad and Tobago Joyce Durham-Clement 44 Alberto Street Woodbrook Port of Spain tel/fax 628 0480

Orchestral collaboration The Associated Board has been asked by the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra to collaborate on a series of training initiatives. Working with the orchestra’s education and training wing we will be introducing orchestral players (from as far apart as Hungary, Finland, Germany and the USA) to Associated Board syllabuses and objectives, assisting in the training of teacher mentors and validating the orchestra’s apprenticeship scheme. The apprenticeship scheme helps to provide young players with the necessary experience to eventually go on to become fully-fledged orchestral players.

Ian Smallbone, Consultant to MPO, believes that the Associated Board’s expertise in professional assessment, along with its leading international presence in conducting graded music exams make it the obvious choice for this collaboration. The inaugural event takes place in May, a chance for me to meet the members of the orchestra and to introduce the Associated Board. Drawing on These Music Exams, by Clara Taylor, and using video footage from the recent High Scorers’ Concert in Singapore I will be talking about our exam structure, the philosophy behind the graded exam system and how this system can help young musicians achieve their aims and objectives. Looking forward, we are currently discussing further collaborative projects with MPO, focussing on the development of the orchestra’s education programme.

Bill Thomson Regional Consultant SE Asia email billt@pfb.po.my tel/fax (60) 3 705 3944

Hong Kong Broadcasts

New consultant for Japan

Once again Emeritus Professor David Gwilt and Shirley Gwilt, our consultants in Hong Kong, are broadcasting on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). This year’s broadcasts on the Piano Syllabus include question and answer sessions and masterclasses covering Grades 4 to 6 and then Grades 7 and 8. The masterclasses will take place in front of an invited audience with students, who are preparing for an exam, playing pieces from the syllabus.

As a follow up to Philip Mundey’s diploma presentations in March the broadcasts will also include two sessions on the new post Grade 8 options. David and Shirley will be discussing the syllabus structure, links between the existing Advanced Certificate and LRSM syllabuses and the new DipABRSM and LRSM, and giving advice on repertoire selection for the recital elements of the diploma exams.

Jane Alaszewska has been appointed as our consultant in Japan where over the next six months she will be carrying out market research and contributing to the development of our exams.

Jane has just begun her doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, researching Japanese taiko drumming. Whilst in Tokyo, alongside her consultancy work for us, Jane will be working on a two year academic research project supported by a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Although Jane is a specialist in ethnomusicology, she has a strong background in western musicology, gained during undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. With first hand experience of Japan

and its culture and extensive knowledge of the Associated Board exam system, as both candidate and teacher, Jane will be making a valuable contribution to our activities in Japan.

Jane said “It’s exciting to work for an organisation at the forefront of music education and to be able to make a contribution towards its global expansion. Linguistically and culturally Japan represents a challenging environment for UK companies. I hope that my knowledge and experience of this country will enable the Associated Board to achieve success in this most idiosyncratic of markets”.

Jane Alaszewska


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