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Victoria College Exams and Stringbabies launch pioneering new qualification for young children

6th February 2018

A new music qualification has been created for young children by Stringbabies and Victoria College Exams. Over the past 18 months, Stringbabies founder, Kay Tucker has been working with staff at Victoria College of Music to create a 3-tier assessment to encourage children in their progress as beginners on the violin, viola and cello.
The Stringbabies award provides motivating and achievable goals at beginner level and is teacher assessed. Candidates are required to play 3 pieces including their own composition, scales or bowing exercises to self-composed rhythms and simple sight reading and musicianship tests.
The Stringbabies system was developed nearly 14 years ago to help children as young as 3 years of age learn to read and compose music alongside learning to play a stringed instrument. The Stringbabies approach involves its own notation system using shapes and toys are regularly used as teaching aids with the very youngest students.
It is now a nationally recognised approach, because of its repute for encouraging strong sightreading and aural skills and also from having been shortlisted for awards such as the Rhinegold Music Awards for Excellence and BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes.
The Stringbabies Awards syllabus and application forms are available online at

For further information please contact:
Kay Tucker (Founder of Stringbabies)
Tel: 01403 256226
Mob: 0773 0876 311
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