Tuesday, April 5, 2011

APT Exam

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.