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How To Score Better For Singapore’s Piano Exams

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!

How To Not Be Nervous For The Singapore ABRSM Piano Exams

There are lots of tips to help you out online on how to score better on the piano exams. I also have a post teaching you how to best practise on the piano for quick mastery. Going for piano lessons conducted by a good private piano teacher or a good music school is also of utmost importance to help you score well and stay calm during the Singapore piano exam.

However, not many people teach you how to stop being nervous for the piano exams! In fact, many Singaporean students are fantastic at playing the piano pieces, scales, e.t.c. However, some of them tend to screw up the exam results by being nervous and not performing at their best.

The following video provides some useful tips for students looking for ways to calm themselves down during the examination!

An extra tip that she did not mention which I would like to share with you is to always wear enough articles of clothing to keep yourself warmer than you are comfortable with, as well as always drinking a warm glass of water before the exam. This is to keep you feeling warm so that your fingers will not be shuddering or you constantly feeling cold and have it affect your performance during the Singapore ABRSM piano exams!

How To Best Practise On The Piano For Piano Mastery

If you get a professional private piano teacher in Singapore, he or she will usually teach you in a very specific way. The reason for this is because they know exactly how a student should practise on the piano as well as learn for the greatest efficiency. However, some students do not listen, and try random things. They think this will shortcut their learning, but it will not. A professional, experienced and qualified teacher will be able to guide you far better than randomness ever will.

Let me give you a simple example so that you will know if you are guilty of this as well. If you are, make sure to change the way you practise so that you can actually master playing the piano properly.

Many students tend to skip over or not put attention to the smaller portions of the piano song. This is a bad way to practise. To be a great pianist, you need to tackle every part of the song you are practising well.

Some students also tend to practise less often on the difficult portions. This is because many students tend to lose patience playing the difficult portions, and keep practising the parts they are good at. However, you will get heavily penalized in the ABRSM piano exams if you do not improve your weak portions.

Also, many beginner piano students tend to play the piano with straight fingers instead of curved fingers. This is usually the mistake made by beginner students because they are usually younger and also may not have the finger strength to play the piano while having the fingers curved.

Make sure not to make any of the above common piano practice mistakes.

However, knowing what mistakes not to make will not make you a great pianist just yet. It will just make sure that you are not a bad one. Here are some tips to help you best practise on the piano.

First of all, always set aside a short period of time daily to play the piano. It is better to practise for short moments daily, than to practise for a long period of time once in a long while. The reason for this is due to muscle memory. You want to make sure that your fingers get the correct muscle memory, and the best way to do this is frequency.

Next of all, when playing the piano, do not slouch and sit straight. This is especially important for shorter students or younger students. When you are slouching while playing the piano, your fingers have no choice but to be straight – which is bad. When you are seated upright, you will be able to play the piano with curved fingers far easier.

Third of all, practise the difficult portions of any piano piece or scales far more often than the easy portions. While this may feel frustrating especially in the beginning, you will quickly master the difficult portions, and then learn to love it. Once you reach this stage, you will feel accomplished and successful. Success will inspire passion, and you will then love to play the difficult portion. And because you now master both the hard and easy parts, you will be able to easily play the piano piece with ease and proficiently.

Always listen to your teacher’s notes as well as advice. Teachers are experienced and highly qualified – at least if you get your music teacher from a good agency in Singapore. Therefore, you want to listen to their advice to shortcut your learning curve.