Back in July some My Music pupils choose to take ABRSM music exams, Jacquie (flute) and Tessa (alto saxophone) took their ABRSM music exams at Norden Farm in Maidenhead.
When taking exams its not only playing your chosen instrument during the exam, there are aural tests, sight reading and scales to think of too! The exam is made up of six different parts, starting with three different pieces, its always good to make the program as contrasting as you can – making sure you show the different styles of music and different techniques you can achieve. For example in grade one, the examiner would be looking to hear that you can play with different dynamics (loud and soft) and varying articulations.
You will also be asked to play some scales and arpeggios, dont panic – by the time your exam comes round you will have memorised these ready for the exam! Aural tests – lots of our pupils find this part the most daunting, mainly because they do not know what to expect! However you will find with a bit of practice you realise there was no need to panic! The last part is sight reading, this is something we should build into our daily practice, give it a try! Pick a new piece of music and take a quick look over it for around thirty seconds …. then play!
Its always lovely to read such fantastic comments on our pupils playing, we love teaching and hearing our pupils progress however its lovely to read that the examiner enjoyed their performances too! We were thrilled to hear that Tessa passed her grade 2 alto saxophone with distinction and Jacquie passed her grade 7 flute with merit. A huge well done to them and also thank you to our teachers for all their help!
If you would like any more help getting ready for your ABRSM exam… Please just get in touch..