Music Lessons - Exam and Competition Results
I encourage my students to enter exams, competitions and auditions: it gives an independent assessment and encourages practice - after all, no-one would turn up deliberately unprepared for an exam or a festival. Exams and competitions are not for everyone, but I find that those who don’t play in public and don’t take exams, suffer from two side-effects:
- they tend not to resolve difficulties in pieces (on which progress relies), and
- they do not usually follow a balanced syllabus: I think their rationale goes something like this. "Scales and sight-reading aren't as satisfying as learning pieces; I don't see an immediate benefit, and since I'm not doing exams, I'll miss them out for the time being". The time-being of course stretches for ever.
If these philosophical arguments don't convince you, then take a look at this article from the Associated Board about how exam passes at higher grades earn UCAS points:-
Associated Board - using your UCAS points