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Re: Piano Exam Group
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Congrats BSharp#. It sounds like you did a fine job on your Level 6 and Costa Rica is a well earned reward. I wish I'd started the exam process much earlier. I love the breadth of learning that it encourages. I know I've become more capable because of my work in all the areas.


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Congratulations, bSharp(C)yclist. It sounds like you did well, and I hope you enjoy Costa Rica. (Hmm... maybe my wife and I should go there... I already know the language, at least!) Please let us know when you get your results.

Many thanks to all who congratulated me. Assuming the results aren't held back for QA purposes, I should get them towards the end of this week, or perhaps next week at the latest. I haven't been very anxious about the results, or at least I didn't think I was. But last night I had a nightmare about piano exams - this time I was the one disrupting an exam, and the examiner was furious at me! Thankfully just a nightmare!


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Costa Rica was beautiful! We had a wonderful time. I might be spending less time at the piano now, and more time with her wink

Got my exam score back, 86. It's about what I expected. I don't think it will get easier. Playback sucks, it's a lot easier to look at dots ...

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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
Costa Rica was beautiful! We had a wonderful time. I might be spending less time at the piano now, and more time with her wink

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Got my exam score back, 86. It's about what I expected. I don't think it will get easier. Playback sucks, it's a lot easier to look at dots ...

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Wow! That looks fantastic bSharp. The official mark I mean. I think you're right...they just get harder and a point on every line adds up quickly.
Hats off to you and the work you put in on it. Which pieces did you end up playing?

Costa Rica I'm sure was great too.


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I played the following. Although I just noticed now in the PDF, it says I played Sonatina in F Major, op. 36, no. 4: I - Clementi, Muzio, which is not correct. The comments seem appropriate for the Diabelli piece I played. I'm guessing they just entered the name of the piece incorrectly.

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Toccatina, Op. 27, No. 12 – Dmitri Kabalevsky
Fluttering Leaves, Op. 46, No. 11 – Stephen Heller

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Aria In G Major – Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonatina In F Major, Op. 168, No. 1_ Third Movement – Anton Diabelli
Song Of The Cavalry, Op. 27, No. 29 – Dmitri Kabalevsky


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Congratulations, bSharp! Excellent score. Costa Rica looks great, too. My wife wishes I would spend more time with her and less time at the piano (~2 hrs a day)... but I'm such an introvert that if I don't have my "alone time" I will go crazy.


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Thanks Dr. Rogers. Yes, alone time is important. It's a new relationship for us, about 2 1/2 months now. It was only after a couple of weeks she invited me to go to Costa Rica with her. Very unplanned, but turned out to be very good laugh


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that's a pretty good score, you should be pleased with yourself bSharp


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Wow, Dr. Roger that was some uncomfortable experience. Glad that you pulled through. I am sure you will do well. My preparation for the grade 8 still continues. I haven’t décidé my date for the exam yet because I am so uncomfortable about the aural part. But most likely will be next year. My three pieces are Beethoven sonata op79 1st movement. The sight reading is easy for this one. But to play it well not so easy. I am polishing this piece currently with all the details I can get and try to speed it up. Chopin nocturne op37 no 1, this piece to me to play the grace notes on time and the chord section in the middle are my two biggest challenges. Bach prelude and fugue BWV 889,I am still at sight reading stage with this piece. Have not yet tried both hands together. It is a long process. Sometimes I keep asking myself why am I doing this I am already over 40 and it’s not like I am going to be Concert pianist or piano teacher, but then I have to tell myself, yeah because I really like it and like to make music and that keeps me stay motivated.


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that's a pretty good score, you should be pleased with yourself bSharp


I am. I shared the PDF with my teacher yesterday. She was happy and thought it was a good score for Level 6. It gets harder she says. She thinks 7 is similar to 6, but 8 and the rest are more difficult. The bar is obviously higher.

I can't say if I want to continue with exams though, although I'd like to stick with the syllabus. I'll talk about it with my teacher on Saturday. They get more expensive as you move up. I certainly won't get paid to play piano and I don't plan on teaching.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist

I am. I shared the PDF with my teacher yesterday. She was happy and thought it was a good score for Level 6. It gets harder she says. She thinks 7 is similar to 6, but 8 and the rest are more difficult. The bar is obviously higher.

I can't say if I want to continue with exams though, although I'd like to stick with the syllabus. I'll talk about it with my teacher on Saturday. They get more expensive as you move up. I certainly won't get paid to play piano and I don't plan on teaching.


The bar does get higher, at least I am finding that. The biggest problem seems to me to be the practice time required as the pieces increase in difficulty rather than the expense.


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Congratulations bSharp! That’s a fabulous score. You certainly have a great base to take grade 7 exam. But even if you decide not to pursue exams you have a good foundation to move onto more challenging pieces just for your own satisfaction. Also glad you enjoyed Costa Rica.


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So after a complete disaster of an exam, I’ve decided I’m just going to play for myself. I blanked on every single piece and couldn’t even play a scale I was so nervous. The worst part is I think I did decently on ear tests which was what I was worried about lol. Oh well, I guess exams just aren’t for me at this stage of my life. I’m thinking of new pieces - suggestions welcome! I’m thinking I’d do maybe 1 hard (ARCT) level and maybe 2 mid and one easier.


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sorry to hear this cagal......but I guess there must come a point for all of us where the work and stress just become no longer worth it.


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You should be proud for taking the exam, cagal. If I remember correctly, RCM 10?? I can't imagine that is easy. Was this the first time taking an exam?


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Yeah. It’s too bad as I really was prepared but I guess not mentally. It was a total personal goal so I’m kind of sorry it didn’t work out. But on the other hand I don’t want my failure today to colour my piano playing going forward. The whole process really did improve my playing and understanding of the pieces and of musicality in general. I know intellectually I can play but I’m so hard on myself. It’s truly idiotic as I my whole career is based on dealing with people and I’d like to think I’m pretty good at it. I just did a couple of presentations for complete strangers plus I volunteer for my professional body with no issues. Just crazy how our minds mess us up.


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b# it was grade 10. I did a split exam a few years ago with just repertoire but otherwise I haven’t sat an RCM exam in over 30 years. That was grade 9 so this was my way of closing off the piano loop. My teacher was very nice. We chatted a bit yesterday and he emphasized that the lead up to the exam was the important part I.e. learning to be a better musician. I feel going forward I’ll approach new pieces much differently than I did when I started all this. My technique is certainly miles better and I can’t believe how much better I got at aural work. My husband actually commented a few weeks ago I sing better!


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Sounds like there was some positives there, cagal. That's the important part! The result of the exam isn't important. As you said, what you learned leading up to the exam is more important.

You can always take the exam again laugh sick


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Cagal, sounds like a true learning experience. I know you were nervous about the exam but you believe some parts were good. Yea!! I admire you for putting in the prep work, signing up and taking the exam. Now you know what you have to work on and as bSharp says, you can repeat them.

No one makes us do exams but they do help us organize our goals and check our readiness. After RCM level 6 where I felt awful about my performance, I said I'd never do another exam but I'm finding myself using the level 7 materials and enjoying myself in the process. Who knows, maybe sometime, I'll take that next exam or repeat level 6 for a better score.


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