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Best of brassExploring the new syllabus
Outside the boxWays to bring breadth
to your teaching
Highlights from the new repertoire lists
Piano delightHighlights from the new repertoire lists
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New Piano syllabus now availableFeaturing over 150 brand new pieces across all 8 grades, the syllabus will be valid from January 2013 and is supported by a set of teaching resources, including: 8 new volumes of Piano Exam Pieces, available with or without CD A book of Teaching Notes for all pieces featured in Grades 1 to 7 Recordings of every piece available on CD or as audio downloadsAvailable from music retailers worldwide or www.abrsm.org/shop
For further information on the 2013 & 2014 Piano syllabus visit www.abrsm.org/piano2013
ABRSM: the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music
17Teaching Noteson Piano Exam Pieces
2013 & 2014
Recordings of the complete
2013 & 2014 syllabus
8 Piano delightAnthony Williams takes a personal journey through the new Piano repertoire lists
11 Best of brassHighlights from the new Brass syllabuses
12 Jazz notesTim Richards provides advice on interpreting the suggested notes when improvising in ABRSM Jazz exams
14 Outside the boxWhat can you do to broaden and enrich your students musical experiences? Richard Smith makes some suggestions
16 A history in four handsABRSM Syllabus Director Nigel Scaife explores piano duets through the ages
19 Routes to successABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes looks at the element of choice when preparing exam pieces
21 Music therapy explainedWhats involved and how this can work as a career option
4 NewsThe latest updates from ABRSM
21 InboxYour feedback and views
Since the last issue of Libretto, ABRSMhas been busy publishing newsyllabuses for a range of instruments:
Piano, Horn, E Horn, Baritone/Euphonium andTuba. Fully refreshed and renewed, the newrepertoire lists are available now and will takeeffect from January 2013.
You can read more about these syllabusesin this issue. On page 8, Anthony Williamsshares his personal favourites from the newPiano repertoire lists - a selection hedescribes as the most varied, imaginative andmotivating you could ask for. Then, on page 11we look at some of the changes we have madeto invigorate our Brass syllabuses, while onpage 19 our Chief Examiner, John Holmes,explores the element of choice in selecting andpreparing exam pieces.
At ABRSM we believe there is much more tomusical learning than graded music exams,however. With this in mind, Richard Smithsuggests simple ways to introduce new ideasand skills into lessons (page 14), and ABRSMsSyllabus Director, Nigel Scaife, highlightssome of the wonderful piano duet repertoirethat can help to enrich musical knowledge,understanding and enjoyment (page 16).
Alongside such wide-ranging musicalactivities, exams have an important role to playin motivating and rewarding students. So, theABRSM team is already hard at work on thenext round of syllabuses, and in 2013 we willbe publishing new repertoire lists forWoodwind, for use from 2014. As witheverything we do, the aim is to help support high-quality music making by providing thebest possible teaching and learning resources.
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Agifted young pianist from Hong Kong has been awarded the first ABRSMscholarship for study at the Hong KongAcademy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).Seventeen-year-old Andy Chung Hok-chun began his undergraduate studies at theAcademys School of Music at the beginningof September and will receive funding viathe ABRSM scholarship for all four years of the course. Andy, who lists Mozart,Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev as some of his favourite composers, will be studyingwith the Academys Head of KeyboardStudies, Professor Gabriel Kwok, who alsotaught Andy on the Academys Junior Music Programme.
ABRSM already provides scholarships forstudents at conservatoires in the UK, butthis is the first time we have offered one at
a conservatoire elsewhere. Our HKAPAscholarship was established to mark 60years of ABRSM exams in Hong Kong andcelebrates our close ties with the localmusic education community.
The award will be available annually to ayoung musician from Hong Kong pianist,instrumentalist or singer applying for anundergraduate place at the Academy andshows the seriousness of ABRSMs supportfor music making in Hong Kong. We aredelighted to be supporting Andy as hecontinues with his studies, commented GuyPerricone, ABRSMs Chief Executive, andlook forward to helping many more youngand talented musicians from Hong Kong inthe years to come.
For more information about the HKAPAvisit www.hkapa.edu.
The latest addition inour acclaimedSpectrum series ofbooks featuringcontemporary pieceswill be published in October.
Spectrum forPiano Duet is acollection of 21newly-commissionedpieces ranging indifficulty from Grade3 to diploma level.
Some of the manyspecial features of this volume are:seven duets with an easier Secondoand a harder Primo part great forstudentteacher and mixed-level pairs;a set of six variations on a theme byHoward Skempton, each by a differentyoung, up-and-coming composer; and three pieces for piano duet and soundtrack.
To help bring the music to life there is a CD packaged with the bookfeaturing recordings of all the piecesperformed by Spectrum creator ThaliaMyers with either Timothy Salter orEdward Liddall. The CD also includessoundtracks for the pieces written forpiano duet and soundtrack.
Spectrum for Piano Duet will beavailable in October from retailers andfrom www.abrsm.org/shop.
New syllabuses for Piano and selectedBrass instruments are now availableonline and in two newly-publishedbooklets. The syllabuses are valid from 1 January 2013 and include entirely newpieces for Piano and refreshed andexpanded repertoire lists for Horn, E Horn, Baritone/Euphonium and Tuba.All other requirements remain unchanged.
We have also produced a range ofrelated publications and resources to helpsupport teachers and students as theyprepare for exams. Our Shining Brass
and Principal Horn books contain specially-commissioned repertoire for therevised Brass syllabuses, while books andrecordings of Piano Exam Pieces, and theTeaching Notes for Piano Exam Pieces arealso available. In addition, our conferencesin Birmingham, Manchester and Londonwill include sessions on the new Brass andPiano syllabuses.
You can find all syllabus information atwww.abrsm.org/exams, while publicationsand recordings are available from retailersworldwide and from www.abrsm.org/shop.
To read more about our Piano and Brasssyllabuses turn to pages 8 and 11.
First HKAPA student awarded newABRSM scholarship
Spectrumfor Piano Duetcoming soon
Andy Chung Hok-chun with Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at the HKAPA
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New for pianistsTo complement the new ABRSM Piano syllabus for2013 and 2014 we have published a range ofresources for teachers and students. Our books ofPiano Exam Pieces feature a varied selection for eachgrade, with 18 pieces included in each of the volumesfor Grades 1 to 7 and 12 pieces in the Grade 8 book. ThePiano Exam Pieces are available with or without CDrecordings of all pieces selected for the grade. You canalso buy audio downloads of individual tracks fromwww.abrsm.org/audioshop or buy the CDs separately.
In addition, our popular Teaching Notes on PianoExam Pieces, Grades 1-7, provides information on whatexaminers are looking for and how to achieve a secureand musical performance. Written by experiencedteachers and ABRSM examiners, this guide provides awealth of valuable advice.
Its worth noting that there are no changes to Piano scales and arpeggios or sight-reading,apart from the addition of the natural minor option at Grades 1 and 2, introduced in Januarythis year. All new Piano publications are available now from www.abrsm.org/shop.
Anew edition of our best-selling guide toresearching and writingabout music will beavailable in November.Fully updated andrevised, this invaluablereference tool covers everything youneed to know to write effectivelyabout music, while the companionwebsite will offer additional adviceand resources. From programmenotes to university essays, Music inWords is an essential handbook forwriters at all levels.
Music in Words will be availablein November from retailers andfrom www.abrsm.org/shop.