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14-05-2009, 02:36 PM
Had a chat with Steven's piano teacher today. She told me we should think about getting some practise papers as he's about two-thirds of the way to the level needed for the Grade 1 exam.


Chris help, you know what to do, you have a scary son too. :mental:

14-05-2009, 02:37 PM
:unsure: Reaching for smelling salts...er DAWN wake up

14-05-2009, 02:37 PM
how cool is that. well done steven :D

14-05-2009, 02:40 PM
That's awesome!

Maybe it's something to do with the water in the UK

14-05-2009, 02:42 PM
I've been told that for someone who is new to piano and plays no other instrument that it can take 2 years to get ready for grade 1. He's been having lessons since October.


*goes to check amazon for more music*

14-05-2009, 02:43 PM
Go Steven,go Steven.

That's fab news Dawn.

14-05-2009, 02:44 PM
Wow, well done Steven, keep up the good work. :yes:

14-05-2009, 02:52 PM
Not scary--'tis wonderful! :thumbsup:

Well, perhaps a wee bit scary to the parents who expect the child to progress a little more slowly! :D

14-05-2009, 02:59 PM
Eat your heart out Liberace!

14-05-2009, 03:12 PM
That's fantastic Dawn!!!!!!!:wiggle:Well done Stevenxxxxxx:thumbsup: If his playing has come on that well, I would start getting him brushed up on his oral tests.

Connor is 10 and only just ready to sit grade 3

14-05-2009, 03:16 PM
.......Just to add, this place is great for buying sheet music and theory books.

Musicroom.com - Sheet Music for Musicians (http://www.musicroom.com/)

14-05-2009, 03:20 PM
What's an oral test? :unsure:

14-05-2009, 03:28 PM

14-05-2009, 03:30 PM
Not sure, Dawn, but I'm guessing it would be musicianship, or ear training. Learning to relate the notes on paper to sound heard to reproducing the sounds with one's voice. Learning to sing scales, intervals, transposing keys, etc. Something every music student does, even if not a vocalist. It's something I wish I had started at a younger age--it's like learning another language. Much easier when you are younger! :lol:

14-05-2009, 03:52 PM
Woohoo!! WTG Steven!!

14-05-2009, 03:58 PM
What's an oral test? :unsure:

If it's the Asssociated Board of the Royal schools of Music exam.

He will be tested on 3 Pieces of music.

Piece A. = Marks out of 30. You need 20 to pass

Piece B = Marks out of 30

Piece C = marks out of 30

Scales and arpeggios = marks out of 21. you need 14 to pass

Sight Reading = Marks out of 21. you need 14 for a pass

Aural Tests = Marks out of 18 you need 12 for a pass.

Aural tests are when the examiner will play a piece of music and you need to work out if it's 3 beats in a bar or four beats in a bar. For grade one the keep it simple and you can clap along. They will then play a piece of music then play it again with a rhythm change or a crescendo in a different place and you tell the examiner what the change was. Also the examiner will play a few notes and you need to sing them back to her.

You can fail certain parts as long as your final score is over 100/150.

Pass = 100

Merit = 120 and above

Distinction = 130 and above


14-05-2009, 03:59 PM
:thud: jesus! He must be soo good at it. Reading music is HARD!

14-05-2009, 04:12 PM
:thud: jesus! He must be soo good at it. Reading music is HARD!

Yep he reads music much better than I do. I don't even know where to begin with the bass cleff. :unsure:

He knows his scales from memory already and his contrary motion C scale is purty. :D

14-05-2009, 05:02 PM
WTG Steven.

14-05-2009, 05:10 PM
Wonderful X Way to go Steven, you and Hex must be so proud XXXXXXXX

14-05-2009, 07:47 PM

Its all cos Dad bought that electric piano you know ;)

16-05-2009, 12:59 PM
:pixiedust:Pixie dust for the preparation!!! May i ask how old Master Stephen is?

16-05-2009, 01:32 PM
He was 6 last month. I'm not sure I want him sitting exams at 6 though. :unsure:

16-05-2009, 03:06 PM
Even if you don't want him to take the exam at this point, you can have him follow the course progression, then take the exam when you feel he is emotionally ready for it. Just have him continue preparing for the exam as part of his normal practice sessions. And you and Hex can work with him on recognizing the time signature, change in tempo, crescendo, decrescendo, etc., by just playing music and casually asking him questions. It's amazing how quickly it will become second nature to him to analyze what he is hearing, then tuck it away while he enjoys the music! It doesn't have to be just classical music--mix it up a bit! :D