Taking piano exams is a great way to measure how well you know the material, and they can provide a sense of accomplishment when you pass, as well as a lifetime qualification you can put on your CV. Higher graded examinations also count towards UCAS points when applying to university.
Taking music exams and gaining extracurricular qualifications can also show schools, colleges, universities, further education practices and employers that you have a strong musical background and have the skills necessary to succeed in their program.
How Can I Prepare for a Piano Exam?
In order to prepare for a music exam, one should first be aware of the type of exam they are going to take. The two most common types are Trinity College and ABRSM exams. They both have different requirements as well as different levels of difficulty.
At Piano With Jayne, I enter students for Trinity College examinations. All exams are now fully digital, meaning that students film themselves playing through their exam scales, exercises and pieces, and this is then submitted to be marked by an examiner.
You will need to build up a repertoire of songs that will be studied in preparation for the exam. It is important to choose songs that will challenge you, but not overwhelm you.
Finally, it is important to remember that music exams are tests that require practice and repetition in order to do well on them.
The Benefits of Taking Piano Exams
There are many reasons why it is important to take music exams. One of the most important reasons is to test one's ability to play music and see what kind of skills they have. Taking an exam can also be a way for a student to get feedback on their playing, which can help them improve their skills.
Another reason why it is important to take music exams is because it can be a way for one to show off their skill and talent. It can also be a way for those who are interested in pursuing a career in music or the arts, such as becoming a professional musician, to show that they have the talent and skill necessary for such a career.
Above all, it is a great challenge and motivates you to do your best. The feeling when you pass and receive your feedback and certificate is so rewarding and makes all of the hard work feel completely worthwhile.
The key is not just practicing, but practicing with purpose!