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Join us online for a CPD webinar! Hannah Bourne will provide you with helpful insights and understanding of ABRSM’s exam offer for musical theatre singers; our face-to-face Practical Grade exams and digital Performance Grade exams.
Date: Tuesday 5 December 2023
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm (GMT)
Our new Performance Grade exams provide equal recognition, reliability and quality feedback from the same ABRSM examiner team as our longstanding Practical Grade exams. During the webinar, we will explain the rationale behind these assessments, how ABRSM examiners mark exams and how exams can benefit a student as part of their musical learning journey.
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Guest Speaker of the Month
Each month we have the pleasure to introduce a guest speaker to the Teacher Hub. Our guests may be composers, authors, students, musicians, and all of them have a story to share.
These online events will be a presentation or an interview by an ABRSM staff member.
Date: Thursday 30 November 2023
Time: 1pm - 1:45pm
Meet your Guest Speaker - Paul Harris
Paul Harris is one of the UK’s most influential music educationalists. He is in great demand as a teacher, composer, and writer (he has written over 600 books); and his inspirational masterclasses and workshops continue to influence thousands of young musicians and teachers all over the world in both the principles and practice of musical performance and education. Join us online to hear from Paul, what he is currently working on and how his approach to teaching could help you. He studied the clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the August Manns Prize for outstanding performance in clarinet playing and where he now teaches. He is in great demand as a teacher, composer, and writer (he has written over 600 books); and his inspirational masterclasses and workshops continue to influence thousands of young musicians and teachers all over the world in both the principles and practice of musical performance and education. We look forward to welcoming Paul as our first Guest Speaker.
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Assessing Musical Performance
Understanding the way ABRSM exams are assessed will support the entire exam journey for you and your pupil, from preparation right through to the exam itself, and beyond to getting the most from the mark form. You'll gain helpful insights into the aspects of musical performance that you and your pupils need to consider to work effectively towards an ABRSM exam. The session will also explain the principles behind the exam structure and how it works and, using recorded examples, how examiners apply the ABRSM marking criteria to assess each section of the exam. You will come away with a clear understanding of how the mark form comments are intended to help support and guide your pupils’ future musical development.
Date: Thursday 16 November 2023
Time: 1pm-2:30pm (GMT)
About your presenter - Kate Andrews, ABRSM Chief Examiner
Kate grew up in North Yorkshire and began playing the oboe with her local music service when it became clear that her hands were never going to stretch to the bassoon. She attended Chetham’s School of Music and was Principal Cor Anglais in the National Youth Orchestra before reading music at King’s College, Cambridge. Postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium followed, before Kate began a career split between playing – mostly West End and commercial recording – and teaching in a wide variety of schools and settings. In 2013 she retrained as a Music Therapist and, in 2021, was awarded an MSc in Psychology. Kate now works in various roles that straddle the arts and wellbeing, including music therapy interventions with a wide range of different people, alongside her work as Chief Examiner at ABRSM, where she has a particular responsibility for ensuring fair access for candidates with specific needs. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and increasingly cheeky rescue dog.