My students learn to play piano or accordion for a number of reasons and each year some students decide to take examinations in their chosen instrument.
In 2013, four students took Trinity College of Music Examinations and I am very pleased that Jonathan gained a Distinction at Grade 8 Piano, Isabella achieved a Distinction at Grade 1 Piano, Danny received a Distinction at Initial Grade Piano and Amanda also gained a Distinction in her Foundation Certificate Accordion.
I would like to say ‘well done’ to all four students on their success as the results are down to their hard work and their determination to master their instrument.
Over the years, I have helped a number of students prepare for exams and no two students are the same. I aim to help students choose appropriate pieces to play, understand the technical and musical challenges within those pieces and prepare for them and the other requirements of each grade in as stress free a way as possible.
Of course, examinations are not right for all students although some find them useful for a number of reasons
- It can provide a means for students to monitor their progress
- It offers an opportunity for students to play for someone other than me and to gain an alternative informed view on their playing
- It provides a target which can help provide a focus and motivation for practice
- Higher grades attract UKAS points which can help with entrance to University (even for non-musical study)
If you want to find out more about what piano or accordion exams entail, please do get in touch to discuss your aspiration and current level of attainment.
I would also like to take the opportunity to wish the best of luck to all my students who are currently preparing for exams in 2014.
Can I take this opportunity of wishing all my students and their families a very Happy Christmas and a musical New Year.