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ABRSM Violin Seminars

Come away from our 2019 seminars with fresh ideas to support your teaching.

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Our Violin Seminars are the perfect chance to discover our new Violin repertoire. During a day of practical demonstrations and discussions, you will explore a variety of musical approaches to teaching the pieces set for the new Initial Grade, and from Grades 1 to 8.

ABRSM examiner, Jessica O’Leary, will introduce imaginative ways to focus your pupils’ exam preparation and help them to engage with the music with enthusiasm and confidence. She will cover the new Initial Grade in depth. Bring your instrument to perform duets chosen for the lower grades. Discover new ways to help your pupils achieve even better results in their exams.

Combining performing, teaching, examining, writing, mentoring, adjudicating and editing, Jessica has a persuasive portfolio career. Jessica has recorded and toured internationally as a professional violinist and member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Principal 2nd violin of the Orchestra of St. John’s for twenty-five years.

Jessica is passionate about playing and teaching music in a variety of styles and has worked with Madonna, Led Zeppelin, London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House. She has performed in a variety of venues including Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, Sydney and Royal Opera Houses and pop arenas in London and Dubai.

She regularly presents seminars and is a string consultant and examiner for ABRSM. Her Best of Grade 1-5 violin books are a series of current and past exam pieces and her series of Violin Studies (in two volumes) are also published by Faber. She has written articles for the Music Teacher magazine including her ‘notes’ on violin repertoire and ‘behind the examiner’s desk’. She is a mentor on ESTA (European String Teacher’s Association) PGCE teaching course.

Coming from a family of innovative string teachers who were the first to start the Suzuki method in Europe, Jessica played in the Cork, Irish and European Youth Orchestras before moving to London to take up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where she had chamber music lessons with the Amadeus String Quartet. She is Head of Strings at Eltham College, London and taught violin and viola at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London for fifteen years. She has been a tutor on National Youth Orchestra Outreach days, works with the Autistic society and regularly plays chamber music.

Early bird price

SGD 120 (discount of SGD 25 when you book before 6 June 2019). Includes morning and afternoon tea breaks.

Full price

SGD 145 (bookings made between 7 June 2019 - 5 July 2019). Includes morning and afternoon tea breaks.


Thursday 18 July 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm


NTUC Centre Singapore (9th Floor, Room 903)
1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989

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