It’s that time of year again when we start receiving lots of enquiries for 1-to-1 tuition to help Year 5 students prepare for the upcoming Music Scholarship exams.
We are offering Zoom tuition to help you prepare for the Music Aptitude Tests and you can book this online. If you do not see a suitable time or date please keep checking back as we will add more dates. Our teachers have the most availability during the half-term break and Summer holidays. During term-time we have some space on Friday and Saturday as detailed in the schedule here. No other times are available and we are unable to offer phone or email support before you book a lesson due to the high number of enquiries we receive every day.
We also have training tests available to help familiarise you with the style of tests you will hear on the day. Please note these will never be the exact same test you will hear as every single school uses a different test and it changes each year. However we have been using the tests successfully to help students gain places at their chosen schools and they are best used with the assistance of your music teacher. We advise practising earlier rather than last minute for the test!
Half-term is over and we’re thinking ahead to this Autumn when many students will sit the Music Aptitude Tests for schools such as Habs, Kingsdale and Prendergast in South London. Further afield, there are many schools throughout the UK also using this system.
Join us for a 1-to-1 session to help Year 4, 5 and 6 musicians prepare for the upcoming Music Scholarships for 2019 state secondary admissions.
The session will focus on Music Aptitude Test training that is the first round of the selective music intake process.
If you would like to focus on Round Two, do bring your instrument (if possible) and we will listen to your audition piece(s) and give advice on performance as well as prep the interview questions with you. We have a piano available for your use as well as an accompanist so please both music parts if accompanied.
You would not believe how often parents of students email me to ask me if they have a lesson this week. As a small business, my policy is never to respond to emails asking for information that has been provided via multiple different channels as we simply do not have the resources to spend our admin time like this. We do not have a full-time administrator and we always inform students of term dates via these following methods as do all other schools so we do not feel that it is a reasonable question for parents to ask us.
Our Web site homepage has the term dates. It even has a snazzy little graphic too!
Every invoice has the term dates on it so when you pay, we inform you exactly what dates you will be attending a lesson.
If you are a new student, you will receive an email with the term dates in it.
We ask all students to sign up to our group newsletter as we cannot sign you up for this due to GDPR reasons. You have to opt in. If you sign up to this, you will be emailed no more than twice a half-term but every single email will contain the term dates.
And finally – should you email our Gmail, the auto reply contains term dates and also lets you know we do not respond to emails requesting this information.
So before you email us to ask for term dates, do have a think about whether you could find this information anywhere else in our various communications or our web site which is well-maintained. Take a moment to read the auto-reply to your email and please do not send us more emails asking the same information! Thank you in advance for your cooperation in the smooth running of the piano school.
Our annual informal Christmas music recital is open to all of our students that are learning piano, singing, guitar or violin with us. You can sign up here and we have space for 25 students so do sign up soon if you are keen to participate. Bring as many audience members as you like. Only performers require a ticket. Siblings will need one ticket each.ys
Here is some information about the Trinity College London Initial Piano Exam. This is a pre-grade 1 exam that pianists will start once the basics of note-reading and playing and performing confidently in a beginner hand position have been mastered. You will also need to have completed the 1st and 2nd theory books listed below before starting on the Initial exam work.
We recommend practising at least 10 minutes a day in order to work through all the requirements for the exam. A daily practice chart can be found in this handbook. Print a copy each week and show this to your teacher at the start of each lesson. It is important that an effective daily practice routine is maintained at home. We ask parents to supervise as many practice sessions as possible to ensure all requirements for the exam are being practised in rotation.
Here are some resources to help you prepare for Trinity exams. Please note that theory exams are taken with ABRSM.
All students will need to purchase these books:
LIST OF BOOKS BY GRADE:Initial Exam Book (Pre-Grade 1)
Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Aural Grades 1 to 5Sight-Reading bookOn The Day:
Your teacher does not attend your exam. If you are playing a duet you can engage the services of an accompanist. Please contact Theo for more information: theoadler (at) mail.comPractice the aural tests weekly (small monthly subscription fee):http://www.e-musicmaestro.com/auraltests/select
Musical Knowledge (please print both sections and bring to your lesson)