Last week was a really good week for my students: two have got good passes in their ABRSM piano exams – a Grade 4 and a Grade 7.
I always feel really pleased for people who come out of an exam with the grade that they deserve. Especially because I remember failing a piano exam when I was a teenager; I didn’t put nearly enough effort into preparing for my Grade 7 and missed the pass mark by a couple of points. When I look back, I was just a typical youngster who failed to take my studies seriously enough, but still… I remember the sickening feeling of realising that things hadn’t gone my way! I repeated the mistake with my A Levels, but thankfully learned the lesson that time and picked up my game for my future studies etc.!!
Anyway, hasten to add, the pressure of the exam situation doesn’t put people off from having a go, and not just young people – the Grade 7 pass last week was an adult student. It just goes to show that it’s never too late to learn a new skill, or polish up on one you already learned.
So, whether you’re the sort of person who want to put yourself out there with exams and public performances, or whether you’d really just prefer to play in the comfort of your own house, there are a few lesson slots available this week that you might want to book into to get a little extra help and guidance:
- Tuesday 9th July
- 17:00 (30 mins)
- Friday 12th July
- 11:30 (60 mins, or 2 x 30 mins)
- 17:30 (30 mins)
- Saturday 13th July
- 10:00 (60 mins, or 2 x 30 mins)
- 14:00 (30 mins)