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Top Results for our Musicians

25 May 2015

Last week 29 musicians received their long awaited Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) practical exam results, from the exams they took earlier this term. 

  • Student musicians from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi

Some of our exam students performing in the Soloists' Recitals this year.

At BISS Puxi, we run an extensive instrumental teaching programme outside the curriculum for all interested students. Twelve visiting freelance instrumental staff teach a range of instruments, including piano, voice, acoustic and electric guitar, violin, cello, brass, woodwind, drums and percussion. Over 150 students have individual lessons, for pleasure and their own satisfaction, or towards external qualifications such as the UK based ABRSM programme, for which we are an official examination centre.

This cohort of students has achieved the best set of results that we have even seen in the school and it is all down to their hard work and dedication to their instruments. We are extremely proud of all of the students who took these exams and hope they will continue to practise their instruments so they can work towards taking their next grade exam.

Here is what our youngest candidate, Gilberto in 2I, had to say about the exciting experience: “It was a little bit hard because I had to practise every day. But I was very happy when I found out my result.”

Special congratulations go to the four students below who achieved the best possible outcome and gained a distinction.

  • Angie Ho in 4B, Grade 2 Piano
  • Hou Dren Yuen in 5U, Grade 2 Piano
  • Michelle Yu in 6U, Grade 5 Piano
  • Lara Woo in 7B, Grade 6 Piano

“I tried my best during the exam! The man was very nice and I got more confident when I started playing my scales. I was so happy when Miss Rakowski told me I got a distinction because I practised for over three months for the exam and my teacher was also very happy.” Angie Ho, 4B

“Taking the exam is quite nerve-wracking, as even though the examiner looked quite nice I knew that he was there to mark me! In the exam I played scales and three pieces of music which I had practised, and then they gave me 30 seconds to read a short piece of music I’d never seen before and then I had to play it. It used both hands. I practise for 45 minutes every day.” Hou Dren, Yuen 5U

We fully encourage our instrumental staff to develop and engage students to prepare and sit ABRSM examinations within their lessons. These practical or theoretical examinations can be taken on any instrument, twice a year. The benefit of these musical examinations is enormous. They improve musicianship, aural awareness skills, sight reading, technique, as well as being a globally recognised award that students can take with them wherever life leads them. If you would like any more information regarding our instrumental programme or ABRSM examinations please email Ms Zhang on music@bisspuxi.com">music@bisspuxi.com and she will be happy to give you any additional information and help with the application process.