Trinity Guildhall announces new piano syllabus
4 July 2011
Trinity Guildhall has released a new piano syllabus for use in graded exams from January 2012. The syllabus features new repertoire and a range of new exercises for the Technical Work part of the exam. New books, featuring the pieces and Technical Work, and CDs are available to accompany each grade. The syllabus also covers the Piano Accompanying exams and Trinity Guildhall will now accredit the Initial Grade, providing added recognition for pupils in the early stages.
Nicholas Keyworth, chief examiner for Trinity Guildhall said: ‘The 2012-14 piano syllabus has been updated to include a range of new and exciting pieces composed or arranged by leading educational consultants and composers. The new repertoire lists include a wide variety of styles and genres and we are confident the pieces will be enjoyable for students and will invigorate teachers. Trinity Guildhall is proud to launch the new piano syllabus and continue to support the development of future musicians.’
Funding for National Youth Orchestras of Scotland halved
1 July 2011
The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) is no longer a foundation programme organisation (FPO) of Creative Scotland, the Scottish arts funding body, and has seen its year-on-year central grant slashed by 50%. In the year beginning April 2012 it will receive £103,000 from the body.
The results of a review of Creative Scotland's FPOs were published in a press release on 30 June, with 41 organisations retaining central support.
A spokesman for Creative Scotland siad: 'We value the work and achievements of NYOS but both they and Creative Scotland recognise that there is an opportunity now to re-focus the organisation on its core activities, and Creative Scotland will continue to support them through that transition.'
Julian Clayton, chief executive of NYOS, was quoted in The Herald: 'This is a frightening time for the arts in Scotland. We are doing fantastic work. Just the other day I was a school in Partick and met a young boy who was a mute before he took part in our programme. Now that boy is talking. This will affect our ability to do that kind of work.'
Meanwhile, the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) received an increase to its annual award, which rises by 20%, to £91,760. This is 'to celebrate their ongoing high-quality contribution to the youth arts sector and innovation within their business model'.
Venu Dhupa, Creative Scotland's director of creative development, announced the outcomes of the review: ‘These organisations are the foundation of Scotland’s cultural sector and have delivered significant benefits to Scotland’s creative development, its economy and in growing audiences.'
She continued: ‘It’s been great to see so many good ideas put forward in the effort to deliver for a creative Scotland. The review has been an opportunity for celebration and congratulation, as much as a "health check".'
The announcement can be viewed here.
Yamaha UK launches Class Band education project
1 July 2011
Yamaha UK is piloting an education project called Class Band in collaboration with music services in Coventry and Staffordshire. The project will run until July 2012 with whole-class wind band teaching at the heart of its work, and gives pupils aged 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn Yamaha wind instruments over three years, delivered through weekly classroom music lessons in participating schools. Three Coventry schools have already begun their pilots, with three more in Staffordshire due to launch before the summer holidays, and two more in Coventry in the autumn. Participating schools will benefit from teacher training and networking opportunities, as well as exchange trip opportunities between Yamaha Class Bands across Europe. In addition, Yamaha UK is involving some of its national and international brass and woodwind artists, including saxophonist and double Mobo award-winner YolanDa Brown, who was appointed as the UK's Class Band ambassador in February 2011.
One secondary school deputy headteacher commented: ‘The Class Band programme is bursting with opportunities for our students. They get excellent music tuition on a new, quality instrument and there’s also a strong team ethos evident in the class. Their continued enthusiasm, excitement and real progress reflect significant success for the programme to date.’
Yamaha has also announced a new bursary programme with the European Guitar Teachers Association (EGTA). The bursary will help fund talented young guitarists to participate on the EGTA National Youth Guitar Ensemble’s annual course. Gerald Garcia from the EGTA commented: ‘We are pleased that a major music company has taken an interest in the bursary fund and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Yamaha.’
ARBSM launches new jazz course
2 June 2011
ABRSM is to run a new four-day course entitled Developing Jazz Techniques, which will be held in Bournville, Birmingham, on 2-5 August. The course is aimed at instrumental teachers who have some experience of jazz but would like to develop their skills through sessions on teaching, performing, history and theory of jazz.
It will cover all aspects of jazz playing and teaching, with a particular focus on rhythmic styles, modes and scales, interpreting chord symbols, improvisation, and playing by ear and from notation. Richard Crozier, ABRSM’s director of professional development said: 'Teachers who come on this course will expand their performing and teaching repertoire, develop new musicianship skills, and gain confidence in teaching jazz to their students.'
CT ABRSM Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount.
JamPods have landed in Wales
2 June 2011
Mix Music Education, JamHub and Roland have worked with Gwent Music Support Service (GMSS) to launch Wales’ first JamPod ‘noiseless’ rock and pop facility at Duffryn High School in Newport. The space offers high-tech facilities for up to 12 separate bands, of up to 6 people each, to enjoy professional electronic pop and rock instruments and recording equipment. Digital instruments with headphones allow each player to choose what they hear for either private practice or a mix of band instruments. Players can access expert tuition and the JamPod is available for all ages and groups. Band members from Goldie Lookin Chain launched the facility, saying: ‘a lot of people will realise potential they didn’t know they had because of this.’
The project in Newport is the biggest JamPod site in the UK, with others already set up in Bristol, Liverpool, Windsor and Swindon, with more planned for Birmingham, Bolton and Hampshire. GMSS have also been working with Mix Music Education in the development of Bandplayer video tutorials.
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