Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for your piano diploma exam:
1. Read the Official Syllabus
Read the syllabus carefully: everything is written out very clearly in the syllabus provided by the music exam board you’re taking exam with, from the repertoire list, to time limit, writing format and word count. Go to the relevant link for your piano diploma:
2. Choose a Well-balanced Program
It is advised to choose a program that includes pieces of not only from different musical periods but also varieties in musical styles and technical command. So think tempo contrast, different genres and structures (sonata/character piece/technical piece/fugue).
3. Show Your Strength and Hide Your Weakness
The recital program is for you to SHINE, to show your performance ability and musical understanding, rather than displaying your shortcomings in commanding a piece or two. Know your strength – usually your teacher (if you have one) would know quite well what that would be. Explore your ability and learn to perform pieces of higher level of difficulties is commendable, but knowing your limit is worth noting especially for exam purpose.
4. Combine Interest and Mastery in Your Exam Pieces
Choosing pieces you would like to learn is very important – but so is choosing pieces you CAN perform them technically and musically to the level of the diploma exam required. Do not choose pieces just because they are popular or technically demanding, but at the same time do not choose some music simply because they are obscure thinking the examiners have never heard and do not know how to mark them (think “new music”) – if that ever happens I suppose you as the candidate would not understand how to play it either! And don’t forget you have to talk about them if you’re taking any diploma exams with the ABRSM!
5. Understand the Difficulty when Preparing for a Diploma Exam
Preparing for a performance exam at a diploma level (whether ATCL/dipABRSM or higher) is a huge step up from grade 8 level – you have to not only learn how to play the piece but also really present the pieces at the performance level that a diploma requires. It’s a PERFORMANCE not just an exam.
Give time to prepare for it. Listen to a lot of performances, read a lot about the music, the history and the composer (you can find a lot of information online or at your local library). Find a great teacher to help you: even if it’s not regular lessons, take some lessons from a teacher or two to get advice and suggestions on your performance would really help you improve and be prepared for the exam.
Good luck to all of you who are preparing for your upcoming piano diploma. Enjoy the process and have fun with it!
Hello everyone, this is Teresa Wong.
Today I want to explain to you how online piano lessons work. In fact it is very simple.
First, you need three tools.
The first tool is your piano.
The second tool is your phone or computer: this way we can see each other online.
The third tool is a good internet connection. There is a fourth tool which is microphone, but it’s not an compulsory item.
Let me now tell you how you can set up for your online piano lessons.
First of all, you need to sit in front of your piano. Place your phone or computer next to the piano. The best position is that I can see your hands (and forearms) at the keyboard.
You can use any online video chat app like WeChat, facetime, Skype, whatsapp. Here you can see me and my piano. This is how I show how to improve my piano performance. If you have any questions about online piano lessons, simulation tests or intensive exam improvement programs, please leave a message or email me. See you next time!
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News: Trinity College London- Music Diplomas (Performance Diploma Syllabus)
The new 2019 Trinity Performance Diplomas syllabus will be published on 18 October 2018.
The new syllabus features the majority of the pieces from the current 2009-2018 syllabus*, which means candidates can continue to prepare for their examination whichever date they choose. We have also added a wealth of new pieces that we know candidates will want to play and teachers want to teach. In addition the new syllabus features revised written programme requirements at ATCL and LTCL levels, and updated assessment criteria providing more detailed guidance on how exams are marked. Performance requirements, including own-choice options, will remain largely unchanged. Further details about syllabus changes will be released soon.
The 2009-2018 syllabus will be extended until 31 July 2019. The new syllabus will be used from 1 August 2019 onwards.
Please note that there will be no overlap between syllabuses, so all exams from 1 August 2019 onwards will follow the 2019 syllabus.
*A small number of existing pieces from the 2009-2018 syllabus are being removed.