Thursday, 16 July 2009

The New ABRSM Syllabus

The new ABRSM syllabus is not published until August, but we retailers do get a sneak preview of all the books required for the new set pieces so we can plan ahead. I'm not allowed to tell you what's in the syllabus, so a few general comments will have to do.

There are new set pieces for cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone and bass trombone. In most cases, a few new pieces replace others which have dropped off the syllabus. But it seems the bass trombone syllabus has been given a big makeover.

This was overdue - the pieces listed were a bit dull, difficult to get, often expensive (especially since the crash of sterling last year) and sometimes out of print. The new syllabus includes a lot of newer publications which will be cheaper, more accessible, and include different styles of music for bass trombone - I'm sure it will be welcomed by trombone teachers.

Some of the books listed are not yet published, for some I need to check prices by phone before I can list them so it will be another month before they are all online. One or two are already out of print!
ABRSM has also rebranded itself, with a new website and new logo (at the top of this post) so it's all change there.

While some schools are already on their summer break, others will finish this week, so I hope everyone has a great holiday if they're going away. I also hope the kids will keep practicing...

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