Ronald Smith -- "Assessment and Progression in Musical Performance"

Ronald Smith (E.Smith@reading.ac.uk) attended (on an organ scholarship) the Royal Academy of Music in 1944, where he studied until 1950. After graduation, he taught successively in three of Britainís leading independent schools and at the Bath Academy of Arts, a pioneer college in the training of teachers of the creative and performing arts. From 1963 to 1983, he worked as a Music Education Adviser and Inspector of Schools. This period included 15 years in the City of Bristol, where the innovative curriculum and high quality of choral and instrumental performance he developed in the schools of his region earned an international reputation. He organized the 12th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Bristol. Mr. Smith was appointed a Vice President of ISME in 1982 and served as Secretary General of the Society from 1984 until 1992. In 1983, he was appointed Chief Executive of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and in this capacity he expanded the examining, assessment, and publishing role of the British conservatories to over 80 countries. Now officially retired, Mr. Smith continues to be in demand as a consultant at home and abroad and serves on a number of important governing bodies, including the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Yehudi Menuhin School.