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Written by Romano   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
I have to announce that we have a new executive committee for UKAAT, 
the UK Association of Accordion Teachers.

Many of you may have read the reports about our first meeting back in January. 
Our future members have voted and this means that I, Romano Viazzani am President, 
Ian Watson is Vice-President, Julie North is Secretary and Janet Viazzani is Treasurer. 

We also have a committee full of eager teachers among which some of the UK's best teachers and performers feature. 

Thank you to all the teachers who voted and for your faith in us. 

I hope we can give the accordion a helping hand, so that we can produce really top class players in the UK in the future. 

More about this in the Autumn. 

Romano Viazzani.
UKAO supports"The United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers "
Written by Romano Viazzani   
Saturday, 17 November 2012

The United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers.


Dear Fellow Teachers,

Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting at 2pm this Sunday 13th January at the, Henry Wood Room, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London.

We have a good turnout expected as you will see from the confirmed list below. If you know any teachers who haven't replied or are not on the list but want to still come please bring them along. 

One slight mystery is Rick Dunnifer as I cannot find his contact details or email address so I have not been able to send him this email address so if anyone know Mr Dunnifer please pass this email on to him. 

We are presently working on an agenda so that everthing runs like clockwork. 

Here is the list of confirmed attendees, maybes and apologies from people who want to be part of it but cannot attend today:

List of those attending the first "BATA" meeting:-

1)Romano Viazzani
2)Owen Murray
3)Shona Holmes
4)Nigel Waterhouse
5)Adrienne Griffiths
6)Gennaro Fiondella
7)Milos Milivojevic
8)Yi Yao
9)Claudio Allodi
10)Karen Tweed
11)John Romero
12)Ian Watson
13)Julie North
14)Lisa Lee Leslie
15)Karen Street
16)Maureen Penfold
17)Bert Santilly
18)Eva Goskina
19)Douglas Ward
20)Daniel Gott
21)Eddie Hession
22)Dawn Loombe
23)Gary Blair
24)Sheila Cooper
25)Rick Dunnifer
26)Peter Watson
27)Ingrid Gould
28)Roland Williams
29)Djordje Gajic
31)Clyde Johnston (almost certainly)
32)Zivorad Nikolic
33)Peter Hodkinson
34)Ben De Sousa
35)John Leslie
36)Martina Schwarz (almost certainly) 
37)Sue Bennett

38)Mark Bousie 
39)Murray Grainger

Apologies for absence:
40)Tony Compton
41)Heather Hawthorn
42)Roy Hendrie
43)Nikoli Ryszkov
44)Pearl Adriano
45)Phuong Nguyen
46)Paul Chamberlain (Sickness)
47)Angie Lukins
48)David Lukins
49)Ron Bennett

See you all on Sunday. Feel free to call me on 07789633873 or email me if you need to.

All the best

Romano Viazzani

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Dear fellow Accordionists,
While you all play the accordion some of you make have taken up teaching or know of a teacher who may not be on my mailing list.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested. 
For a while now several accordion teachers and I have been discussing the possibility of starting an association of Accordion Teachers in the UK.  This would primarily be for raising the standard of accordion playing and teaching in the UK.  For some time now our younger British-born students have been absent from major International competitions and and are outshone by students coming from abroad at auditions for further education establishments to the point where they fail to secure places at those establishments.  This is not to say that there isn't any potential in our home-grown accordionists, there is plenty, but somehow something isn't working in the UK. 
Recently, at the end of a workshop for teachers held by Lars Holm at the invitation of Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music, a brief discussion was held on the matter.  The vast majority of teachers were in favour of forming an association whose main functions would be the following:
  • To raise the standard of accordion playing in the UK
  • To help accordion teachers raise the standard of accordion teaching in the UK
  • To promote the highest artistic and pedagogic standards among accordion teachers and students
  • To promote knowledge of good modern accordion repertoire across all musical genres
  • To build an educational pyramid structure using teachers, accredited syllabi, and educational establishments through which accordion students can climb towards further education and a musical career
  • To organise workshops and refresher courses for the teachers taken by world-renown accordion professors to increase teaching skills, knowledge of repertoire and teacher confidence
  • To make students and teachers aware of the kind of standards are expected today when applying to education establishments and competing in international competitions
  • To try to increase the accordion's presence in mainstream musical education
  • To give accordion teachers a united voice - strength in numbers


Preliminary ideas on the creation of the association:-


We need to organise an all-inclusive initial meeting in London with as many teachers as are able to attend to decide on the following:

  • Listen to teacher's views on the association's aims and assess the support such aims would receive
  • If enough support is shown, agree on how the association will be funded (through membership maybe and fundraising)
  • Agree on best way of communicating to teachers (website, email, e-newsletter?)
  • Agree on how to fund the courses/workshops for teachers
  • Agree on how to fund the courses/workshops for students
  • Agree on how often to meet and locations of each meeting
  • Have the basis for a constitution ready for this initial meeting and agree amendmentsElect a chairperson, president, secretary, treasurer and any other honorary positions
As this idea was first aired in public at the Royal Academy of Music, Prof. Owen Murray has kindly offered the Academy as a venue for the first meeting.  

The meeting will be on 13th January 201at 2pm. 
From then on we will seek to choose other venues around the country for further meetings.
There is a lot to be decided on that day so please come along with an open mind and with constructive ideas so we can make this work.  It will no doubt require a huge effort from accordion teachers but hopefully the results will be well worth it.  

Please let us know if you will be attending as soon as possible so that we have an idea of numbers attending .  Please, please pass this on to other accordion teachers you may know.  I have a few on my mailing list but some of the email addresses may have changed.  All teachers are welcome at whatever level they teach.  The more teachers we get in the association the more clout the accordion will have.  I believe it should be a an inclusive and encouraging institution with altruism at its heart.  

The list is growing and you should be a part of this association. 
Yours sincerely
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani

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