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Tips for Finding your way through Your Piano Exam

Whether you are a new piano player or a full-time professional, exams can be a strenuous and often daunting task. Each exam has its separate challenges. However, if you Waec expo prepare for your exams correctly, it could mean the difference between passing and failing.

For this example, let us pretend that we are sitting for a Grade Six piano exam. Let the record represent that have sat and passed a Grade Six exam. Although undoubtedly I did not pass it well – this is caused by a severe lack of preparation leading up to the exam. I did not put the time or effort into my preparation for this music exam. I can assure you from first hand experience that you need more than 15 minutes practice three to four times a week to effectively prepare for a Grade Six piano exam!

THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE EXAM

At this time you should be doing approximately one hour’s worth of practice a day, five days a week. In your selected pieces you should be able to at least press all of the right notes. This is the time to start developing your pieces from a series of notes to a piano masterpiece. Concentrate on things like expression, mechanics and pace. Put some feelings and sentiment into your pieces.

You should also profusely study all of your theory and sizes. Labor sizes and theory are neglected at this time and are only revised about a fortnight before the exam. This is a terrible mistake! Remember the more you study now, the more you will retain this information, thus having a better chance of recalling the essential knowledge during your exam.

ONE MONTH BEFORE THE EXAM

It is time to up the anti a bit. You should be spending one and a half to two hours practicing a day, six days a week. This is the time to smooth out all of the minor flaws in your pieces of music. Practice things like getting that tricky triplet appearing fluent and making sure you hit the F sharp with your fourth finger rather than the sixth. These issues might seem minor, but it will help you in a good way with your exam.

Practice without the published music in front of you and see how well you go. During your exam if you rely too heavily on your score, I can guarantee you will stuff up. Learn your music off by heart.
Also, make sure that your exam becomes your number one priority. Don’t be distracted by other issues in your life. Do not become distracted by relationship, financial or other conditions that might divert your attention from your exam. You will become stressed and worn out, and you will not perform at your potential.

SEVEN DAYS BEFORE YOUR EXAM

Now is the time to just practice, practice, practice! I would recommend doing between two to three hours per day by now. You should have all of the knowledge required for the exam. It is merely a matter of revising it for your exam.

Whilst we are working and studying hard, we will need to remain relaxed. Placed it into perspective; it is only an exam. There is no need to worry about it 24/7.

DAY BEFORE YOUR EXAM

Most people on the night before an exam practice for 5-6 hours, studying until some ungodly hour in the morning. This is a big no-no! At maximum you should only play through your pieces once. What I like to do is pretend I am actually sitting for the exam. So i would do my sizes first, then my pieces in order, and then do some look reading.

Don’t try to do any very end version for your exam. Chances are you do only put needless pressure on yourself and more notably you will only have a small possibility to remember it for your exam. Do not get distracted by other things in your life. Your piano exam is tomorrow – everything else can wait another day.
Relax! It is essential that you get a good night of sleep. I would recommend that you get 8 to 10 hours solid sleep if you can afford the luxury.

MORNING BEFORE YOUR EXAM

Do not do any work, whether it is piano related or not. Do something fun that doesn’t require a lot of brain power. Watch a movie. Kick a soccer ball. Do whatever you like.

Try to eat a healthy breakfast. However, if you suffer from butterflies in the stomach, which i suffer from in a good way, don’t try to force anything down. It will only comes straight back up! (Trust me! )

I will say it again, RELAX! Try to avoid think about your exam. Don’t try to think about your theory, sizes, pieces, fingering etc. etc. Do not think about what you have and haven’t done for your exam. This is only going to get you all frazzled and this will seriously hinder your exam.

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