On your marks...get set...
18 September 2013
ABRSM has just launched 'On Your Marks', a new interactive resource that will enable users to watch and assess a graded music exam for themselves. Teachers and candidates will both be able to see how their assessments match up to the new ABRSM marking criteria.
The tool, which is available on the ABRSM website, focuses on the four key elements of a grade 5 piano exam: set pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and aural tests. Users will be able to view each element separately, and compare their results with those of the ABRSM chief examiner John Holmes.
More exam videos will be soon be integrated into the new resource. To try it out for yourself, click here.
Wanted: music teachers' perspectives on health
16 September 2013
Naomi Norton, a PhD candidate at the Royal Northern College of Music, is looking for instrumental teachers willing to participate in a survey for her research, which deals with supporting musicians through performance-related health problems.
A large number of musicians face problems such as noise-induced hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, performance anxiety and occupational stress. Through her research, Naomi is investigating the perspectives of instrumental and vocal teachers on health education and support for the next generation of musicians.
You can help Naomi’s research by taking part in an online study which consists of an introduction followed by four sets of questions. There are 50 questions altogether, and the survey will take 20-40 minutes to complete.
Follow this link to complete the survey, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABRSM Gets Behind Sing Up
13 September 2013
As of this month, the ABRSM has announced a collaboration with Sing Up, the organisation set up to provide 'inspirational and affordable singing resources and support' to primary schools across the UK.
The Sing Up awards range from silver to platinum. To achieve an award, schools work towards developing greater levels of singing activities across the curriculum. ABRSM will be sponsoring the Sing Up awards for the current academic year.
ABRSM chief executive Leslie East said that the ABRSM is 'very proud' to be part of the venture, commenting: 'We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of schools that have made a commitment to singing, and to giving their pupils the opportunity to develop their musical skills.'
For more information about Sing Up and its awards scheme, visit the Sing Up website.
12 September 2013
Warwick Music Ltd, producer of pBone – ‘the world’s first plastic trombone’, has beaten hundreds of small businesses to scoop the Innovation of the Year prize at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013.
The pBone was the biggest selling trombone of 2012, bringing the total number of plastic trombones sold to a total of 90,000. The panel of judges, who included Karren Brady of BBC1’s The Apprentice, were impressed by the innovation shown by the company in making trombones less expensive and more accessible. Warwick Music Ltd also impressed the judges with its CSR programme, which includes sending instruments to Africa.
Steven Greenall, founder of Warwick Music Ltd, won a £2,000 cash prize and 50,000 Nectar points, as well as free business advice from Karren Brady. ‘I’m delighted we have won the Nectar Business Innovation of the Year award,’ he said. ‘The prize money and Nectar points will be used to help launch a new stream of pBone educational workshops in schools throughout the UK. I look forward to having the opportunity to ask Karren about how best to get pBone into mass retail outlets in the UK and United States.’
Obituary: Robert Trory
10 September 2013
Robert Trory started his musical life as a violinist and violist, studying at Trinity College of Music with Oscar Rosen. After spending several years playing the violin with a number of London's leading orchestras, Robert moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Ilya Musin.
Robert enjoyed an extremely successful international conducting career, receiving excellent reviews both from live and recorded performances. He led the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as number of other high-profile ensembles both at home and abroad.
On top of his work as a conductor and teacher at the highest level, Robert also dedicated a great deal of time to bringing music into the local community. He was the inspiration behind Sydenham International Music Festival, and directed it for over ten years. Robert also wrote a series of tutors for the young violinist and violist - 'Violin Playing' and 'Viola Playing', each in five volumes.
Robert was not only an established name in the international arena; he contributed a great deal to the cultural life of his local community, where he will be greatly missed. His funeral was held at the Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri in Sydenham on 20 August 2013.
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