Monthly Archives: April 2013

Theory Revision Guide, Grade 1 ABRSM

We have many students sitting their Grade 1 theory exam this term. Here’s a revision guide with a summary of the requirements. Please note that the guide includes Minor scales but these are not included in the current Grade 1 … Continue reading

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2, 3 or 4 Notes – Take the Music Aptitude Test!

Many of my students use these Music Aptitude Test training exercises to prepare for Music Scholarships. Take the test below and then see the answers here. How did you score?!

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Exam Accompaniment fees for ABRSM Exams

We receive many enquiries (pretty much always last minute!) from instrumentalists sitting a graded ABRSM exam that require a pianist to accompany them. Accompanying a well-prepared student is usually very straightforward and requires just one rehearsal. For students that are … Continue reading

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The debate about Music Aptitude Tests

Many state schools in the UK use an admissions system where 10% of students may be selected on a music aptitude place. The use of this system is open to much debate as to whether it is a fair selection … Continue reading

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Composer of the week: Valerie Capers

I first came to know of Valerie Capers when I saw the 2013-2014 ABRSM syllabus which contains two of her pieces, one for Grade 4 and one for Grade 6. I was so taken with her music that I chose … Continue reading

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Digital piano of the week – the Roland SuperNATURAL F-120

I first played a Roland Supernatural piano at the Hereford (now Walsall) Piano Summer school last August. The name makes it sound like something out of Ghostbusters but when you play it, you will definitely be impressed by the comparisons … Continue reading

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Rondino by Rameau – Harpsichord Class, Dulwich Piano Festival

The 2013 Dulwich Piano Festival at Alleyn’s School has a Harpsichord Class for students age 12 and under. This is the Set Piece by Rameau. The adjudicator will be Graham Fitch. Zuckerman Hill harpsichord from Peter Barnes harpsichords. Played by … Continue reading

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2013 – 2014 Events at the SE22 Piano School

Here are the events coming up in 2013 and early 2014. Please email to register your interest for any of these events. April 13th, Amateur Music Makers at Jaques Samuels Pianos For our adult students, we organise termly recitals in London. … Continue reading

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Composer of the week: Karl Jenkins including simplified piano arrangement of Palladio

Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, born in 1944, is a prolific composer who has composer many pieces of instantly recognisable music. He also sports a very fine moustache indeed! Karl regularly features in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. In the 2009 … Continue reading

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