A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTE OF WESTERN MUSIC & SPEECH
The Institute of Western Music and Speech was founded in 1960, when it was known as the “Association of Teachers of Western Music and Dramatic Art” It was the combined effort of qualified and experienced teachers of Music, Speech, and Drama, who dedicated themselves solely towards achieving a common objective - that of promoting, nurturing and developing the talents of the children of our country in the field of Western Music and Speech.
Today the Institute (IWMS) is a fully fledged, state recognized Institute, incorporated in 1988, by the Act of Parliament No. 44 without share capital or other commercial attributes. It has grown in stature and has established a reputation as the largest, most progressive and innovative, local Examining Board in Sri Lanka conducting a record number of examinations island-wide, in Music, Speech and allied subjects in all grades including Diploma Examinations. The syllabuses compiled by qualified and experienced examiners are in keeping with internationally accepted standards. The Institute met the challenging way back in 1971 when the conduct of foreign examinations was discontinued. The introduction of Written English Examinations and Speech Theory in 1984, was another step towards the expansion in the scope of examinations. The syllabuses in Speech subjects, Spoken English and Written work offer the best of both traditional and contemporary thinking on the value of the Spoken and Written word in modern life and the best ways to examine the work presented.
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