Saturday, six of my piano students participated in the Association of Piano Teachers' yearly exam. This was their first year and it was a lot of work. We started in October slowly learning scales and sightreading and clapping rhythm examples and brushing up on theory questions. They also started learning their two pieces a little at a time so that it wouldn't be overwhelming. Looking back on the process, I don't think I would have changed anything except less focus on the exam and more on learning new concepts. The exam took up too much lesson time.
All six of my students; however, got excellent scores and one frequent comment was how well they played dynamics! Yea students! A few students were very concerned about the sightreading and yet they got perfect scores.
It was an interesting process and one I'm sure the students are glad is over. Well, I am too. Now we can focus on learning new concepts and finishing books and and and...
I'm very pleased with each of my students progress at the exams.