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ABRSM Violin Seminars

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

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.

Full price

MYR 180 (bookings made between 1 June 2019 - 5 July 2019). Includes tea breaks and lunch.

Group Discount

Buy 5 tickets or more, enjoy a RM 30 discount each (RM 150 per person)

Kuala Lumpur

Mon 15 July 2019

9:30am - 5:30pm (registration from 8:30am)
Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Corner Of Jalan Sultan Ismail And, Jalan Ampang, 
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Johor Bahru

Wed 17 July 2019

9:30am - 5:30pm (registration from 8:30am)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru
12, Jalan Ngee Heng, Bandar Johor Bahru, 
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor


Mon 22 July 2019

9:30am - 5:30pm (registration from 8:30am)
Hilton Hotel, Kuching
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 
93100 Kuching, Sarawak

Kota Kinabalu

Wed 24 July 2019

9:30am - 5:30pm (registration from 8:30am)
Marriott Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
Lot G, 23A, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


Fri 26 July 2019

9:30am - 5:30pm (registration from 8:30am)
G Hotel Kelawai
2, Persiaran Maktab, 
10250 George Town, Penang

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