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On Saturday morning a ‘ Star ’ reporter was permitted to see Air Henry SainlGeorgo, 'Trinity College examiner, al the Knox Church Sunday School, between whiles. Tho Object of tho interview was. to procure, if possible, some idea as _to how the examination work was proceeding this year. Mr Saint-Oeorge said, in answer to questions : This is my fourth visit to Dunedin as representing Trinity College., Oura was the first college to ao this kind of examination work - anywhere. It was ; started in England. We were, the ongi- | iiatora of this class of examinations in, music—examinations the immediate result* of which are to issue certificates to. pupils j and diplomas to teachers. So far as 1 j can go by my impressions, there is a ] considerable advance in the quality of the work this year—an advance even in Dunedin, which has always been ahead in the Now Zealand results. I find myself giving higher marks th an usual even in Dunedin. That is tho natural outcome from our work being uniform and standardised. | The teachers are beginning to know ex- | actly what wc want. That is the bcaut-y of the Trinity College work. There are } | five men examining in the colonies and 1 eight in England. We have had to in- I j crease tho colonial staff this year. 1 j 1 started in Newfoundland and worked Nova ! I'Scotia, Canada, and Now Zealand —not \ i quite finished with Now Zealand yet, but I | very nearly, for I leave for Invercargill j j on Monday, and end my work there next [ week. The idea is that by. having these I standardised degrees the teachers submit | their work to us periodically. This keeps i them in touch with things and lets them | know what is going on to our definite ! knowledge not only in the colonies, but , also in England, and this is advancing the • standard of teaching throughout tho colo- . nies. It is only tho teachers who can pass , their pupils through our sieve, so to speak, who can get a following. They have to teach a good class of music, nmi they have to teach it well, and they have j to teach more than the playing of a piece, j i because the examinations cover a wide j range, so that any candidate who has gone through our grades honestly—not by cramming, for they will not net through by cramming only, our basis being too broad for that—but any who have gone through must of necessity have a wide knowledge of music in general, and are up in branches which they would probably have neglected if they had not to get them up for the examinations. The scope of our examinations is ample. I am announced to ex- ; amine in piano, violin, singing, and organ, ; but I have had 'cello candidates, and one j clarinet candidate. We issue a syllabus | for orchestral instruments, and take can- j didates who apply. But I have had only ! one organ candidate in New Zealand. The : great bulk are piano students. | »—»

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MR HENRY SAINT-GEORGE, Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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MR HENRY SAINT-GEORGE Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914