When I published David Duncan’s guest article Women Composers and Grade Exams I really hoped that it would promote a healthy debate about a really important issue, and I am pleased that it has done so.
While I don’t generally comment on Guest Posts, on this occasion I would like to add a few thoughts. And I must begin by applauding David Duncan and his colleagues at LCM for their determination to address an imbalance. David makes a valuable contribution to the discussion, and I believe his efforts at LCM deserve our support and enthusiasm.
My hope is that by including far more works by women composers, their forthcoming piano syllabus will be an eye-opener, in which unjustly neglected works will receive the greater exposure they deserve.
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Guest Post by David Duncan
Publications Officer, LCM Examinations
Should we care about the representation of women composers in graded music exams?
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ABRSM surprised the teaching world this week with an email announcement detailing significant changes they plan to make to their Theory of Music Grades 1-5 examinations, from January 2018.
In this post I will explain the changes ABRSM are planning, assess reaction from teachers online, and share my own views, particularly in the context of my previous writings on this topic.
So let’s start by looking at exactly what ABRSM are planning to change.
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An Interview with Michael Elliott, Chief Executive, ABRSM
I am hugely grateful to Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of ABRSM, for giving up his time to take part in this interview. At his suggestion, the questions were crowd-sourced prior to the interview.
As well as the many questions raised on the Pianodao site here, I received several via email and have included topics raised on the Piano Network UK forum.
So far as possible I will include reader questions word for word, but I have streamlined the recurring themes which cropped up.
And many of the questions asked were very probing – so get comfortable and prepare for an in-depth and revealing read! …
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I’ve just heard about a FREE event taking part in London on 7th July 2017, which looks fantastic!
“Shine!” is a celebratory event hosted by ABRSM in partnership with the Barbican and Classic FM with a great line up of speakers, performers and awards to celebrate music education.
Confirmed to be appearing are the London Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam, Sir Simon Rattle and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass.
Whatever your interest in music – whether a player, teacher, student or parent – this looks like a fantastic programme that offers something for everyone.
So without further ado, here is the full press release from ABRSM, and the link to reserve your FREE tickets:
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Sheet Music Review
Alan Bullard will be known to many readers for his many contributions to popular educational series such as Piano Time from OUP and Piano Star from ABRSM. His Joining the Dots series of sight reading books for ABRSM and the excellent adult piano method series Pianoworks, co-written with his wife Janet, have also become well known favourites.
Alan’s latest publication is brought to us by Colne Edition, distributed by Spartan Press, and is entitled Twelve or Thirteen Preludes for Solo Piano.
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