My Child Doesn’t Want to Sit Music Exams – Now What??

Music exams are so popular amongst children and parents, that it is often thought to be the only route for learning. However, there can be a number of reasons that kids may not want to sit them. It is important to know that there are some brilliant alternatives.

The true level of a musician is not measured by the grade they have achieved!

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Teaching Methods: ABRSM Piano 2017-2018 – Grade 1

ABRSM have a new piano syllabus! It is refreshing to have some lovely new teaching materials, and the new books are filled with great pieces for young players. Each of the pieces requires a different skill set from your students, and I have explored the characteristics of each piece here. There are pointers with regards to context, techniques to focus on, how to get those extra marks, and suggestions for further listening.  Continue reading “Teaching Methods: ABRSM Piano 2017-2018 – Grade 1”

Originally posted 2016-12-09 15:20:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Grade 4 Theory – Essential Notes

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Grade 4 theory introduces quite a few new ideas, taking the paper from a beginner to intermediate level. Eric Taylor’s Music Theory in Practise is the best book for practice material, using his AB Guide to Music Theory to help if you have any issues. Try working through the chapters in the following order, using these notes to help you to remember the essential points. When you have completed all the exercises in the book, try some grade 4 theory practise papers. Continue reading “Grade 4 Theory – Essential Notes”