Travelling together:journeys with your pupils
Making Music 2000
CT student stories
Jazz Notes for improvising
On the move
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
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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.
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Setting the Standards
Richard MorrisChief Executive
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
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From 4 September please contact us at our new address:
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Telephone and fax numbers and email remain unchanged:
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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
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NewportCarol Read tel 01633 276765
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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
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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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 email@example.com
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 Richardsaid, This new sponsorshipagreement underlines theBoards continuing support forthe work of the FMS and ourrecognition of its important rolein the period leading up to2002, when the interimStandards Fund arrangementsend. The key task now for allthose working with musiceducation is to ensure thatproper long-term structures arein place, and that a sensibleallocation of responsibility andfunding between central andlocal government is established.
For information aboutthe FMS contact:Richard Hickmantel/fax 01747 820739
FMS sponsorship deal
Over the past two years we havebeen developing an Internetentry system for applicants in theUK. This is proving to be verysuccessful and over 10,000candidates were entered on-lineduring the summer session.
By submitting your entries on-line you can also takeadvantage of a later closing date.For the November/Decemberexam session the on-line closingdate is Tuesday 26 September,four days after the postal closingdate of Friday 22 September.
To use the on-line entry formyou need your applicant numberand a personal password. You canset up your password by contactingthe office responsible for your area:
Midlands & N Irelandemail firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7467 8238
Northern email email@example.com 020 7467 8278
Southern email firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7467 8211
London email email@example.com 020 7467 8261
The on-line entry form has beenextensively tested on PCs anddeveloped for ease of use. Lookout for further developmentsover the coming year as we hopeto be able to expand this serviceto include on-line payment.
You can find the on-line entry form on our website atwww.abrsm.ac.uk
New ways to pay
Following a successful pilotscheme over the summer you cannow pay for exam entries bycredit or debit card (Visa,MasterCard, Switch, Delta).
Everyone who enteredcandidates in the summer sessionreceived a form with their resultsoutlining the new options. If youhave not received a form andwould like to pay by credit/debitcard please contact us on 020 7636 5400.
Many thanks to all of you whosent entries early last term asrequested. The summer session isthe busiest of the year, withnearly twice as many candidatesas any other session. Our task wasto give a high level of service,regardless of the loss of a weekdue to a late Easter, and yourresponse helped us in this.
When setting closing dates weconsider two issues: manyteachers prefer a late closing dateand teachers also need maximumnotice of exam dates. A laterclosing date means less time tomake arrangements and send outnotification of exam dates, so thechosen date is always a balancebetween the two.
Most teachers plan ahead forexams and know well in advancewhich candidates will be ready fortheir next exam. Why not sendthese entries early, perhaps at theend of one term rather than thebeginning of the next? Any extraentries can always be made justbefore the closing date.
Next closing date
22 September (early entries arewelcomed processingbegins 4 September)
The results of our latest marketresearch were unveiled at theRSA in London on 4 July.
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Dont worry if the entryenvelope sent with yourlast results carries ourold address all postsent to 14 BedfordSquare will be redirectedby the Post Office to 24 Portland Place.
Singapore CT ABRSMstudents during the Initial Week at Benslow
We asked Anna Loo, currently aCT ABRSM student in Singapore,to tell us about her Initial Week.
The Initial Week at Benslow couldnot be more appropriate! Takingoneself away from the normalwork place and all distraction isnecessary to remind oneself of theyear-long commitment.
Our hosts, Richard Crozier,Lauren Goldthorpe and MoiraHayward, were helpful andfriendly making the week mostenjoyable. Sessions were inspiringwith enthusiasm, humour andgreat ideas for teaching.
With our mentors, Lauren and Moira, we broke into twogroups to cover a range of topics,from teaching beginners toadvanced learning, from sight-reading to Alexander Technique.These sessions served as aspringboard for furtherconsideration and research.
There was lots of hands onactivity and with keyboards inmost rooms we could disperseinto private corners, andexperiment on jazz chords andimprovisation before comingtogether to share presentations.In this way, we were goingthrough the same psychologicalprocess as our students when theytry out new things. We were allexperiencing the learning processand hence there was nothing tobe embarrassed about.
The visit to the Royal Academyof Music and the Royal College ofMusic was interesting andinformative with an exciting talkon Bach by Professor SimonNicholls and an incrediblemasterclass with Clara Taylor.
The Initial Week in Benslowshowed me that piano teaching isjust one part of music educationand that the various elements of apiano lesson need to be plannedas partners to all other aspects ofmusic education. Benslow hashelped me put my piano teachinginto perspective!
Duncan Stafford was a student onthe UK CT ABRSM course during1998-99. Here he reflects on whatthe course meant to him.
It was a gorgeous sunny Saturdayin early April, but I was not aboutto sit back in my deckchairlistening to Radio 3 and dreamingof distant sun-drenched beaches. Ihad volunteered to spend fourhours in a local school so thatpotential CT ABRSM students couldhave the opportunity to talk to apast student during a t...