The National College of Brass continues to expand:
The number of schools offering GCSE and A level Music is slowly
declining. However, many head teachers and heads of music who are
looking to improve their 'value added' activities are turning to
The National College of Brass. Consequently, College representatives
are pleased to observe a significant increase in interest and, in
the number of newly established examination centres. The most recent
of these have been in Tameside and Blackpool where the need for
QCA recognised practical and theoretical examinations is most apparent.
At the latest new centre in Mossley, candidates of all ages were
keen to have their practical ability measured. It would appear that
the NCB's Certificates provide ideal evidence to future employers
and educational bodies and, suit the governmental aim to provide
all pupils with a portfolio of achievements. And why not? It's about
time we recognised the skills of our brass instrumentalists.
But this examination was slightly different. It would appear that
conductors and band trainers are now using the NCB to improve the
technical skills of individual players by setting them short term
practical examination goals. Internal competition between players
within the same band have now been set up which are ideal for those
holiday periods when the standard of playing often falls.
Lana Clough, conductor of the Friezland Band recognises that "this
examination procedure is beneficial to all. It recognises and develops
the skills of individuals, increases self-confidence and improves
the general standard of the band".
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New College Representatives Required
During the last 5 years The National College of Brass has undergone
numerous changes. This has ultimately resulted in an increase of
examination centres and the need to advertise for new National College
of Brass Representatives.
The role of the representative is to promote the interests of The
College and to support local schools, bands and private tutors who
wish to enter candidates for examinations.
Representatives who intend to enter candidates for examination
themselves will also be given a mentor and the opportunity to train
as an examiner for which there is a set fee.
If you are interested in such a prestigious position please forward
your CV to A White or Dr J Hall whose details are on The College
web-site. Further advice and matters of interest can also be discussed
by phoning any of the telephone numbers promoted on the web-site.
An introduction to NCB's Performing and Composing Diplomas
A free one day course is to be offered to candidates considering
The National College of Brass Diploma examinations. Many enquiries
now relate to repertoire, how specific sections are marked and examined
and, what preparation is expected. Consequently, an opportunity
for candidates to reflect upon College expectancies will be given
in the form of a course on Sunday 1st December 2002.
The venue for this event is yet to be announced but it will be
in Tameside, Cheshire. A light lunch will also be provided free
We intended to start the day at 11.00am and focus specifically
on the Performing Diploma. Lunch will be taken between 1.00 and
2.00pm which will be followed by an open forum on The College Composing
Diploma. This will conclude at approximately 4.30pm. (You may, if
you wish attend just the one seminar if you are only interested
in one of the Diplomas). There will also be several opportunities
for candidates to ask questions about procedures and the examinations
If you are interested in attending this course please contact Mr
David Ashworth, 126 Eldon St, Tonge Moor, Bolton. BL2 2JFL. Tel.
01204 366229. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org