If you want to score well in your piano exams in Singapore, then make sure to take note of the following tips!
First of all, you must make sure to focus on mastering the piano pieces first. This is known as the 80-20 pareto principle. By focusing and completely mastering the piano pieces, you will be able to setting yourself up in a future position where you can then easily score a distinction. The piano pieces take up 90 out of 150 marks in the entire examination. This means that if you ace the pieces, you will be able to lock down 60% of the exam scores.
Here are some additional tips to help you score very well in your pieces:
Second of all, always make sure to practise your scales in random order. Many students only practise their piano scales in the exact same sequence as the piano exam book shows. However, examiners like to test you in random order, just to test whether you actually know what you are playing or just have a good memory.
Third of all, always remember that other than your pieces, even your scales should be played with emotions at the higher grades. At the higher grades, hitting the right notes is expected to be the bare minimum standard by the piano examiner. They expect to hear you transition from becoming a technician to a musician. Being a pianist is not like being a technician. Just hitting the right notes at the right time does not make you a great pianist. It is also about bringing out the soul of the song, and sometimes, even that for piano scales!
Finally, always make sure to request for more piano lessons to be conducted at the studio. Although this will definitely cost you more money because you need to pay for the studio rental, versus your usual home piano classes, it is money that is well worth it. If you want to ace your ABRSM piano exams, it is important to get used to the exam venue’s environment. This is more to do with your mental game than your physical performance. Many students who perform poorly during the exam tend to freeze up at the actual examination venue versus themselves playing in a comfortable environment like their own house. This is like trying to drive in a foreign country. You may have lots of experience driving in your home country, but in a foreign country, without a map or GPS, you may feel worried and lost. Get used to the piano exam venue, invest more money into renting the studio for practice piano lessons with your piano teacher and you will find it much easier to ace your piano exams in Singapore!