How to score the highest in music exams

Music exams can be part of your learning process if you want to progress well in your music journey. It is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended for any students who want to progress far in music exams. Some students hate it, some teacher hate to prepare for it, but like other exams, it is necessary.

Instead of hating it or avoiding it totally, why not learn how to score well in music ABRSM exams? If you want to excel in your music playing, go for it! Here are some tips to help you, especially if you are playing the piano.

1. Practice like your are in exam, Perform like you are practicing 

Most students can play really well during practice sessions. When they sign up for piano lessons in Singapore, their teachers will always tell them to practice, practice practice! This is what students hear most. So they really practice well at home.

But when exams come, stress comes in. Anxiety comes in. They become nervous, with sweaty palms. Everything they have prepared seems to be thrown out of the window. The piano looks awkward to them, especially they are playing the piano at the exam studio, not the one at their home!

Have you felt this way too?

That’s why students don’t love exams, because of the additional stress!

But isn’t that the same for performance in concerts? In exams, you have 1 examiner there to critique you. In concerts, you have 100s or 1000s in the audience examining you.

To overcome, you have to treat every practice like you’re playing in the exam studio. And when you are in the exam studio, you play like you’re practicing at home!

2. Practice to strangers!

Most of the time when you are practicing, only your piano teacher is looking. It’s normal, because she wants to see how you play. He or she is your teacher afterall, so she needs to be there.

But there comes a time when you are just too comfortable with your teacher around. You will play well when your teacher is around. You feel good. But when your teacher is not there, you feel weird. You felt something is missing.

To avoid this, practice all your exam pieces to strangers. People who you don’t always meet, or don’t listen to you played before, like your relatives, cousins, or even your parents! This will give you a ‘mock’ examination environment, because you will be playing to the examiners, whom you have not met before too!

3. Be Early, Be Mentally Ready

The best way to kill nervousness, is to be there early. If you are early, you have lots of time to calm your mind and get ready mentally. If you are in a rush, you think of a lot of things, you worry unnecessary stuff. You will lose focus.

Hence, be early. Just by being early, you can walk around the music studio, get yourself familiar with the teaching staff, look at the room, and even feel the piano just before you start. And when you play the pieces, your mind is fully focused. This is what you want to achieve. All these little efforts can go a long way in helping you achieve that result you wanted.

We hope these 7 tips help you in excelling in your upcoming exams! If you want more tips, here are 7 abrsm tips to help you excel in your piano exam! All these tips apply not just for piano, but for other instruments too, like your flute, guitar, violin, and also singing.

We wish you all the best for your exams!

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