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Students’ Success in ABRSM Examinations

18 March 2014

We are very proud to be an Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examination centre and each year many of our students take their music exams here.

Successful ABRSM candidates from the secondary school having their certificates presented by Mr Foyle last month and primary students practising for the aural section of their exam.

The ABRSM is recognised worldwide and is held in such high esteem that examination passes can be included in applications for universities.

We have recently had a set of students from both primary and secondary pass their exams on piano, percussion, trumpet, violin, voice and flute, with some obtaining a distinction grade, the highest possible accolade. Congratulations to all those students – you can see a full list of them below.

We hold exams twice a year in Spring and Autumn and the next set of examinations will take place in school on 19 and 20 April. Your child can take an ABRSM exam on nearly every instrument and an examiner is sent from the UK to listen to students perform.

What do the ABRSM exams comprise of?

There are 4 parts to most ABRSM exams: scales, pieces, sight reading and aural tests.

Most students will be confident with their pieces and will have been learning them for a long time. However, it is important not to overlook the other three sections. Below is an outline of these three sections.

Scales
It is vitally important that students learn the required scales off by heart as soon as possible. They are not allowed to take a scale book into the exam and must be able to recite any scale asked of them with little hesitation in order to gain a high mark in their scales.

Sight reading
This is when students are given an extract of music and they have 30 seconds to a minute to study and practise the piece before playing it to the examiner.

Aural
There are different tasks the students must complete depending on the grade of the exam. These tests involve listening skills, being able to identify changes in the music and knowledge of some musical vocabulary.

In school we provide aural training for all students who are preparing for an ABRSM exam. Here is what some of our students think about the aural preparation they do in school:

“Miss Rakowski plays the piano and we have to answer questions about the music. We have to learn words like pitch, rhythm, dynamics and articulation.” Angie, Year 3

“The aural practice sessions helped me a lot in my exam because I knew what to expect.” Nathan, Year 4

If you are thinking about taking an ABRSM examination then please visit our Moodle site for all the details, or contact Ms Zhang (music@bisspuxi.com), Miss Rakowski (c-rakowski@bisspuxi.com) or Mr Game (m-game@bisspuxi.com).

Our Successful Students

Primary students

  • Rachel Yu Hing Kwan, Year 2, Grade 2 Piano
  • Nathan Hibbitt, Year 4, Grade 3 Piano
  • Mia Maria Raju, Year 5, Grade 3 Violin
  • Austin Chan, Year 5, Grade 5 Piano
  • Jocelyn Min Le Chok, Year 5, Grade 3 Piano
  • Melissa Riley, Year 6, Grade 7 Flute

Secondary students

  • Harvey Yuen, Year 7, Grade 5 Piano
  • Carel Jia Le Chok, Year 7, Grade 4 Piano
  • Mitchell Lee, Year 7, Grade 2 Percussion
  • Daniel Hibbit, Year 8, Grade 4 Piano
  • Alexander Jonkheer Wladimiroff, Year 8, Grade 2 Trumpet
  • Kirsten Rose Tytherleigh, Year 10, Grade 4 Voice
  • Victoria Sze, Year 11, Grade 8 Piano
  • Seungmin Hwang, Year 12, Grade 5 Flute
  • Christine Pamela Trinder, Year 12, Grade 6 Piano