12 Most Written Comments on Exams

A number of years ago I went to a Conservatory Canada teacher workshop given by Ontario teacher and examiner Emily Dow. She presented the listening protocol used by examiners and left us with this useful list. I’m sure we’ll all be nodding in agreement with every one of these points. And I just can’t resist the editorializing!

1. Don’t let fingers collapse at the first joint (no knuckle buckles is what I say).

2. Play to the bottom of the keys.

3. Practice slowly – no more than half-tempo (broken record)

4. Aim for a more refined balance. This is expected in the solid triads/chords from grade 6.

5. Know thy Left Hand! (again, broken record)

6. Work on the togetherness of hands.

7. Pedal with your ears.

8. Detach Left Hand (where appropriate).

9. Play at a more comfortable speed – especially List B (Classical).

10. Aim for a richer tone (can’t do this on a keyboard).

11. Make sure staccatos are not too short – only 1/2 the value of the note (open for debate, depending on the piece and style).

12. More bass line.

Image: La Shawn Barber’s Corner

About these ads

About LaDona's Music Studio

Musician, pianist, teacher, blogger.
This entry was posted in Examinations, Piano pedagogy, Practice Tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s