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Fantastic set of Music Exam results

Posted: 6th May 2015


Last term, eight of our students were entered for Associated Board Music Exams. From pianists to a clarinettist, singers to a saxophonist, these students have worked exceedingly hard to improve their technique and musicianship with the help of their teachers and support of their parents.  They then have just 10 – 15 minutes to perform in front of an examiner who marks them against a fixed set of criteria.  During this very short time, they perform their pieces, play a selection of their prepared scales and arpeggios, play or sing a previously unseen piece of music and are tested on their general understanding of music theory.  Quite some task!

We are always extremely proud of our Music students and the results that they achieve.  Hearing them at Performing Arts concerts reminds us how much progress they have made over the years.  The exam system gives students the opportunity to receive constructive criticism – as well as praise - from other Musicians who have been specially trained as examiners for the ABRSM.

The exam is marked out of 150, with 100 being the pass mark.  Thus, 66% is a Pass, 80% is a Merit and 87% a Distinction.   High expectations indeed!  Last term, Wesley Mason achieved a Distinction in his Grade 3 piano, as did Jerome Convert for his Grade 2 saxophone.  Tali Cunningham, Freddie Kuzemko and Libby Gidney all gained a Merit and Sarah Shepherd, Francesca Plaskett and Elizabeth Sturgess achieved a good Pass each.  Congratulations to you all!

Carolyn Holleyman

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