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    Travelling together:journeys with your pupils

    Making Music 2000

    CT student stories

    Jazz Notes for improvising

    On the move

    Issue 2000:3

  • ContentsLibretto 2000:3

    1 All changeMoving storiesNew Chairman for the Board

    2 UK newsMaking Music 2000FMS sponsorship dealOn-line entryNew ways to payClosing dates

    3 Professional Development newsStudent viewpointUK awards and course updateLatest prospectuses

    4/5 International newsJamaica jamboreeFrom our South East Asia ConsultantCyprus hits 50Seychelles climb aboard

    6/7 ExamsSyllabus round upJazz NotesMusic mattersDiploma feedback

    8/9 FeatureTravelling togetherTim Arnold

    10/11 Point of viewRobin Osterley:Doing it for love

    12 ForumHave confidence!

    Libretto is published three times a year by the Marketing Department

    Editor Michelle JamesAssistant Editor Lucy NorthAdvertising Sales Dominic Sewell telephone 0795 736 8356Design Tamasin ColeCover illustration Geoff GrandfieldPrint FS Moore Ltd, London

    The views expressed in Libretto are not necessarily those of the Associated Board.


    The Associated Boards research Making Music 2000(see page 2) discovered things about childrens attitudesto playing musical instruments which will interest andsurprise many parents and teachers all over the world.

    When children were asked who decided they shouldlearn to play, 62% replied it was their own choice (comparedwith far fewer attributing that decision to teacher orparent). When asked their reasons for wanting to learn aninstrument, 69% answered they liked its sound and this wasa much more important motive than, for example, the wishto play with friends or the influence of a famous role model.When those who had stopped their lessons were asked why,by far the dominant reason was that they had got bored.

    There are some salutary lessons for us adults in theseresponses. We are not the key influencers in the decision tostart learning and yet we have a duty to ensure childrenare given the opportunity to experience the sound of awide range of musical instruments at an early age. If manychildren get bored, then teachers need to acquire moreteaching strategies to maintain pupils interest andenjoyment when the going gets tough. This was in fact anessential idea behind the launch of the Boards CT ABRSMProfessional Development course for teachers five years ago.

    Although the percentage of children in the UK whoplay musical instruments has now stabilised, there is noevidence of an upswing. There has conversely been a sharpdecline over the last six years in the playing of minorityorchestral instruments, such as the oboe, double-bass andFrench horn. The message for the UK Government is clear.Although stop-gap measures have been implemented withsome success, there is a vital task ahead in guaranteeinglong-term structures for instrumental tuition above the levelof the individual school. Only then can we be sure that everychild has the opportunity to learn and that the essentialbreadth of learning across all instruments is maintained.

    Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music24 Portland Place, London W1B 1LUEngland

    Telephone 020 7636 5400Fax 020 7637 0234


    Registered Charity No. 292182 2000 by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of MusicAll rights reserved. Unauthorised reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without permission.

    Setting the Standards

    Richard MorrisChief Executive

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    This is an exciting time for everyone involvedwith the Associated Board and the manyadvantages that our new home can offer are sure to have a positive impact on customers,colleagues and contacts all over the world.

    The new offices are located in the heart of London, just a stones throw from BBCBroadcasting House but within walking distanceof the green oasis of Regents Park. 24 PortlandPlace happily combines period style with all theadvantages of a fully refurbished interior. Thebuilding offers flexible accommodation, allowingus to tailor the layout to our own requirementsand has the added attraction of space for apurpose-built studio for holding exams,meetings, seminars and all the other activitiesessential to the Boards work.

    In the long term, working within a buildingdesigned specifically with modern office practicein mind will enable us to enhance all aspects ofour administrative operations as well asstrengthening communication procedures bothinternally and externally. We look forward tooffering an even better standard of service from24 Portland Place and to extending a specialwelcome to all visitors.

    Richard Morris, Chief Executive, commented,By relocating to 24 Portland Place, the Board isretaining its essential central London location at

    Moving stories

    New HLRs UK

    AberdeenPatricia Henderson01467 643790 (home)07931 582983 (mobile)

    BridgendJohn Williams01656 663345

    CambridgeJennifer Thornton01223 503477

    Melton MowbrayElizabeth Sampson01664 850639

    OxfordJanice Allen01865 762849

    PaisleyDouglas McBay0141 636 1370 (home)07768 585052 (mobile)

    ShrewsburyHeather Foster01694 731263

    Weston-super-MarePhilip & Margaret Hopes01934 412921

    WokingSheila Mansfield01483 856486

    From 4 September please contact us at our new address:

    24 Portland PlaceLondon W1B 1LU

    Telephone and fax numbers and email remain unchanged:

    tel +44 (0)20 7636 5400fax +44 (0)20 7637 0234email

    Any mail sent to 14 Bedford Squarewill be redirected by the Post Office.

    New Chairman for the Board

    At the end of July Sir Peter Marychurch steppeddown as Chairman of the Associated Board.Talking about his retirement Sir Peter said, I amvery sad to be retiring from the Associated Boardafter six years as Chairman. During that time I have developed a great respect and admirationfor the Board and those who work in it and with it. I wish you all every success in the future!

    Our new Chairman is John Baker CBE whojoins the Board following a varied career in bothpublic and private sectors. At present he is amember of the New Deal Task Force and the

    Address Book UK

    BromleyJeff Blyth tel 080 2466 7411

    NewportCarol Read tel 01633 276765

    PenzanceDominic Foster tel 01736 363330mobile 0797 451 336fax 01736 331389

    Education Standards Task Force and is involved inwork for the UN and the World Energy Council.John Baker was made a CBE in the recentBirthday Honours List for services to unemployedpeople and education.

    John Baker has always had a major interest inmusic and the performing arts as a choral singerin younger days and through his involvementwith the London Symphony Orchestra and theMonteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Currently he isChairman of English National Opera.

    Commenting on his new role he said, Musichas always been a major thread running throughmy life and I am greatly looking forward toparticipating in the work of the Associated Boardand all it does to encourage love andunderstanding of music and the development ofthe next generation of musicians.

    John Baker joins the Board at a particularlyexciting time as we move into our new officesand we all look forward to working closely withhim over the coming years.

    After 93 years at 14 Bedford Square theAssociated Board now has a wonderfulopportunity to move to newly refurbished office accommodation. As an internationalorganisation at the forefront of music education, constantly evolving, developing and expanding in scope and remit, we will now have a home that is ideally suited to ourwork and that satisfies our ongoing needs.

    24 Portland Place, London W1B 1LU 24 Portland Place, London W1B 1LU 24 Portland Place, London W1B 1LU

    John Baker

    the hub of its national and internationalnetworks, while ensuring it can operate withmaximum efficiency in modernised IT-friendlyaccommodation. This move complements all thecontinuing developments in our range of servicesand products for teachers and students.

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    High Scorers Concerts

    10 SeptemberNorwichSwansea

    21 SeptemberBolton

    24 SeptemberIsle of Man

    1 OctoberDoncaster

    4 NovemberSutton Coldfield

    14 NovemberBangor

    Making Music 2000

    The report, Making Music 2000, providesa snapshot of the current situation formusical learning amongst adults andchildren and highlights emergent trendsand patterns in terms of gender, age,social background and region. Thereport also throws valuable light on how,why and what children learn to play.

    Importantly the report shows thatthe playing of musical instruments byyoung people has stabilised after the fallshown in our 1997 research, with somerecovery in the proportion of primaryschool age children now playing. Thelatest research, however, confirms thatthe likelihood of children learning toplay musical instruments if they have notdone so at primary school age is very low.

    The full report, Making Music2000, is available free of charge:tel 020 7467 8254email

    This year begins a three-yearsponsorship agreementbetween the Associated Boardand the Federation of MusicServices. The agreement wasannounced by Richard Morris,Chief Executive, at the FMSannual conference, a sell-outevent with over 100 musicservices represented.

    The conference includedsessions presented by Janet Dallasand Nicola Edwards (DfEE), JanetMills (HMI), Tony Knight (QCA)and Christina Coker (NFYM).Much of the debate during thecourse of the weekend focussedon future funding structures forinstrumental teaching, coreprovision for instrumental servicesand the need to bridge the gapbetween classroom music andinstrumental activity in schools.

    At the conference Rich