Examinations in the life of studio music teachers in Australia prior to 1920

Frances Elliott, Jane Southcott

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Studio music teachers are the backbone of musical communities but their efforts are often overlooked and unsung. We explore one facet of the life of studio music teachers in Australia 1890–1920, graded music examinations conducted by two well-reputed British music education organizations: Trinity College of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. For teachers, acquiring high-level qualifications from these bodies offered teaching credentials. For students, examinations were a feature of their routine studies. Teachers could advertise their abilities via the publication of examination results. We chronicle the introduction of these examinations to Australia and their impact on the lives of studio music teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Historical Research in Music Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


  • Australian instrumental teaching
  • graded music examinations
  • studio music teachers

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