QUOTE(fsharpminor @ May 12 2009, 06:01 PM)
I guess at the end of the day you can skip what you like, but your teacher may not agree !
Its many years ago now, but having done two of the easier Beethoven sonata movements in Grade 5 and 6 (LCM) (Op79 3rd movement, and Op 10 No3 2nd movement) my teacher got me learning the whole sonata Op10 No 2. Then when I was nearly there with it she told me it was an ALCM piece so I skipped both Grade 6 and Grade 7, and took ALCM about a year and a term after Grade 6. The Bach P & F and the scales were a bit of a struggle but I got there ! In the end I didnt have an Aural/Sight reading problem though.
I also skipped from Grade 6 to 8 on the Organ (ABRSM)
I guess things are a bit different now, I havent done an exam since 1965
You've been a serious musician! I worry about my aural, but mostly sight reading development too. In sight reading, I hardly get half the points, and I know that the higher the grade, the more it matters
Thanks for sharing your experience!
QUOTE(Robodoc @ May 12 2009, 08:04 PM)
As a rule of thumb, if you got a merit at grade X you should be able to pass grade X+1. Since you got a merit at grade 6 I can't see any reason why you would want to take grade 7, even if you are going through the grades. Come to that, you can skip grades 1-7 and go straight to grade 8 if you want, there are no prerequisites for grade 8 except grade 5 theory (or equivalent).
Even then, grade 8 is only a mark of progress: If you are serious about learning to play rather than gathering qualifications you don't need grade 8 to learn the post-grade 8 repertoire (although it is a prerequisite for the Dip ABRSM and I suspect you would find it hard if not impossible to get into a music college without it). On the other hand, passing the grades can be a way of proving to yourself that you really are good enough to move on, a sort of "giving yourself permission" to move on. Strange as it may seem, that was certainly the way I felt about it, although I did skip grades 6 & 7 on the piano (with a 35 year gap) and grades 1-4 and 6 on the flute. There is certainly one school of thought that believes that the only grades actually worth bothering with are 1, 5 and 8. Not sure I believe that one, except that once you've got grade 8 no-one will take much notice of your grade 1-7 results or lack of them.
I agree with the way you look at exams, as proof that I've reached a certain level. My worry is that I have only 3 full years at school left and I'd like to have grade 8 by year 13. I care both about playing and having something to show for.
Many thanks! :]
QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ May 12 2009, 10:36 PM)
I don't think it matters about taking a grade 7 exam, but you need to do enough grade 7 repertoire (not necessarily this year's exam pieces, but something of similar standard which your teacher feels would improve your playing) to progress to the point you would have been at had you taken the exam. Then you can move on to grade 8 repertoire confident that the skills are there to tackle it well.
Talk to your teacher about it. If she thinks you have enough exams under your belt, she may be very happy for you to skip grade 7. As Robodoc says, taking grade 8 is definitely a good idea, and you want to achieve the best mark you can in that, so don't rush straight into grade 8 exam pieces. Your teacher will be able to advise you, but most people would leave 18 months to 2 years between grades 6 and 8.
This is exactly the alternative I have in mind: do equivalent pieces and cover the scales, aurals and sight reading too. My teacher (who is a 'he' by the way!
) has planned so I can comfortably take grade 8 by year 13. Of course I wouldn't rush into grade 8 pieces, it would be suicide! If my teacher says no to my suggestion, I trust him. There's no bargaining with him! haha
QUOTE(Mad Tom @ May 13 2009, 12:08 PM)
There seems to be a prevalent, and I think misguided, view that one "ought" to take all the grade exams in sequence, and that it is somehow wrong to miss out any.
I mean, if you wanted to learn the famous Moonlight Sonata (Op 27 No 2) would you feel any guilt, or any need to ask permission if you did not first learn Op 27 No 1?
Truth is you can take as many or as few exams as you want to, or just those that you need (if any) for some external requirement (like getting into a music college, or going on to study for a Diploma). The significant milestones in piano are Grades 1, 5 and 8.
I did miss out grade 2! About Moonlight Sonata, you've read my mind! It's my ambition to learn (eventually!) the whole thing, one way or another! I suppose what matters is if you have the necessary background.
Thanks for the advice!
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QUOTE(Perfectionist @ May 12 2009, 03:42 PM)
Iâ€™m thinking of asking my teacher to skip the Grade 7 piano exam, as I donâ€™t really like the pieces in the syllabus, and I wonder what othersâ€™ advice would be.
I took my Grade 6 last December (thanks to support from this forum!) and passed with merit. Since then Iâ€™ve been doing Hanon exercises, scales and started playing Bach, Prelude in G (A4 in the syllabus) and Invention in D minor, which I performed at the school concert last week. Iâ€™d like to play Handelâ€™s Queen of Sheba next!
Iâ€™m also taking IGCSE Music and Iâ€™ll do the exam next summer.
I did Grade I - IV and then stopped at age 14.
I started studying for Grade V many years later, but changed teachers before I could take it.
My new teacher told me not to bother with Grade V and I took Grade VI instead, passing with merit.
We then moved straight to Grade VIII which I eventually passed.
I was, I confess, primarily motivated by a desire to "pass" Grade VIII, and so I achieved my end. I now hardly play at all, haven't learnt a piece for ages except desultory passes at Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring.
Is this helpful? Probably not
This is VERY helpful! You bring out the difference between getting a qualification for the sake of it, and enjoying making music. I think the trick is to get a balance between the two. It's a pity you don't put your investment to use, I'm sure you could play pretty much anything you like!
Why not give it a shot!
QUOTE(my_broken_strings @ May 13 2009, 09:00 AM)
I think it's fine as long you cover all the material in grade 7
Good luck for the preparation
Thanks a lot!