ABRSM Introduction to Initial Grade for Bowed Strings


Wednesday 15 September at 4.30pm BST

Introducing Initial Grade for Bowed Strings with Regional Development Executive, Jenna Main and Examiner and Educator, Jessica O’Leary.

Do you teach beginner Bowed Strings? Come and join us for an introduction to ABRSM’s Initial Grade exams and publications specifically for Bowed Strings.

This webinar will give an overview of ABRSM’s pre-Grade 1 assessments and provide you with all of the information you need to introduce Initial Grade into your teaching.

With the launch of Initial Grade as a digital Performance Grade later this year, find out more about the differences between face to face Practical and digital Performance Grade exams, helping you decide which route is best for your students.

At the end of the webinar, Jenna and Jessica will answer any questions you may have.

Wherever you are in the world, join us and book your free place today!

Jessica O’Leary

Jessica is a professional violinist with a persuasive portfolio career combining performing, teaching, seminar presenting, mentoring string teachers and writing violin tutor books.

Passionate about music education, she is Head of Strings at a London Independent School, string consultant and examiner for ABRSM and regularly presents seminars to teachers in the UK and Asia.

She recently co-authored the beginner string method series Basics with Paul Harris which takes students from Day 1 to Grade 1. Her Best of Grade collection of exam pieces (1-5) and 80 Graded studies (1-5 and 6-8) are also published by Faber.

She is Principal 2nd violin with the chamber ensemble OSJ, regularly plays with the Royal Opera House and was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for over 20 years. She has performed in a variety of venues including Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, Sydney and Royal Opera Houses as well as pop arenas in London and Dubai.

She gained a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music with the Amadeus string quartet and holds an ARAM in recognition of her services to music.

Jenna Main

Jenna Main has been ABRSM’s Regional Development Executive for Scotland for the past 4 years. This role involves engaging with the wider music community from Music Services to Schools, Private Teachers to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland introducing all teachers, parents and candidates to the full suite of ABRSM products and services.

Jenna has experience of ABRSM from having been a candidate herself achieving her Dip ABRSM (Violin) in 2011. Jenna previously taught and entered many pupils for both violin and piano exams. Alongside her performing and teaching career, Jenna was also one of our team of Honorary Local Representatives for 11 years.

Through a scholarship, Jenna received Violin lessons at the North East of Scotland Music School under Gillian Findlay and went on to study Music at the University of Aberdeen leading the University of Aberdeen Orchestra during her time there. Jenna now works full time for ABRSM whilst performing in both the classical and traditional music scenes across Scotland.

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