I am happy to prepare students for AMEB examinations, both practical (Classical and 'Piano for Leisure' syllabuses) and written (Theory and Musicianship), but exams are NOT the focus of the learning experience. It is not necessary to sit for every (or even any!) grade.
At each grade level, students are exposed to as wide a variety of repertoire and as many pieces as possible, in order to fully equip them, both technically and musically, for the next grade level. This approach to teaching offers the following results:
- students are much more fully equipped to tackle the next grade
- students are able to learn new pieces more quickly, so that they don't become bored with working on the same five or six pieces for six or twelve months
- sight-reading skills will be well developed
- students will have a much broader experience of and knowledge of musical styles, forms, keys, composers etc, and
- students are much more likely to continue to play the piano after they cease lessons.
Piano exams do serve a purpose:
- they provide a useful snapshot of your progress at a point in time
- they provide a goal (and therefore motivation)
- they can be counted towards the Queensland Certificate of Education from Grade Four upwards (for students in Years 10 to 12).
Whenever possible I arrange for exams to be held in my studio.
All students are encouraged to participate in performance opportunitites offered by my studio and elsewhere (such as the MTAQ's Student Performers Society, masterclasses, eisteddfods). Such performances help to prepare students for exams, and can also provide performance goals for students who choose not to sit for exams.
Written Exams (Theory and Musicianship)
Understanding the 'nuts and bolts' of music is an important part of learning how to play an instrument, therefore, all students are required to study theory or musicianship as well as piano.
- Theory and Musicianship workshops are offered in school holiday periods to allow students to cover large sections of the curriculum in a short space of time
- Students will be able to sit for supervised online exams in my studio on a number of dates throughout the year.
- Written exams are often required as co-requisites for higher grade piano exams
- For students in Years 10 to 12, written exams from Grade Five upwards can be counted towards the Queensland Certificate of Education
Brenda Hunting's Piano Studio, Shailer Park.
Studio phone: 07 3102 7265
Mobile: 0413 290 982
PO Box 7352, Loganholme 4129
© Brenda Hunting 2013