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Vietnam, Australia cooperate in music

Released at: 19:30, 04/12/2018

Vietnam, Australia cooperate in music

Photo: Le Diem

Vietnamese and Australian music lecturers, students and artists to have opportunity to work and perform in exchange program.

by Le Diem

The Vietnam National Academy of Music (VNAM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australia Music Examinations Board (AMEB) on cooperation in music training, performance, and exchange.

Lecturers and students at VNAM and AMEB will attend festivals, performances and competitions held by the two organizations. The Australian partner will hold a summer music camp and exchange programs to help VNAM’s lecturers and students have the chance to experience AMEB’s methods more comprehensively.

The MoU is the result of continuing discussions with VNAM as AMEB recognized the need for consistent and high-quality music education around Vietnam. “The cooperation is a wonderful opportunity for us to approach a standard model of examinations,” said Mr. Le Anh Tuan, VNAM’s director. “This is also evidence of the development and integration of VNAM with the professional musical education of an advanced country in the region and the world.”

“As an iconic Australian organization, we believe that this association with VNAM will contribute more value to music training in Vietnam,” Mr. Miky Tyler, Chair of AMEB’s Board of Directors, said at the MOU singing ceremony.

AMEB has already committed to over 500 examinations in 2019 and a number of Australian teachers and examiners will come to Vietnam to train local teachers in the AMEB model and curriculum.

VNAM expects to launch a music center that will teach piano using the AMEB curriculum and examinations in 2020.

In global integration, music development aims to allow artists and lecturers to approach different methods and musical environments of countries in the region and the world, according to Mr. Tuan. The academy has built up cooperative relations with many foreign music institutions and music organizations. The achievements of the academy’s music through international music awards have helped Vietnam mark its name of on the musical map in the region and the world.

Formerly the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music, VNAM was founded in 1956 and was the first and is the largest professional musical training institution in the country, focusing on music performance, research, and training.

Teachers and students have won a number of awards in international music competitions over the years. For example, People’s Artist Dang Thai Son won first prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, in 1980; Artist of Merit Ton Nu Nguyet Minh was awarded third prize at the Smetana International Piano Competition in Prague, Czech Republic; Do Phuong Nhi won first prize at Norway’s Violin Sparre Olsen Competition in 2015; and Tran Le Quang Tien won first prize at the VI international violin competition for young talent in Kazakhstan in 2016.

AMEB is Australia’s leading provider of examination services for music, speech and drama and one of the most distinguished music examination boards in the world. It emerged in 1918 as a national body with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music students and later examinations for students in speech and drama.

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