I go into the local primary school on a voluntary basis to help with "music". Coming up to music exams this translates as helping the children playing violins with pieces, scales, sight reading, aural work... I am accompanying them in their exams, also playing for one of my own doing grade 1 flute.
There is a young teacher in the school who has been given the job partly based on her meeting the criteria of minimum grade 7 piano (she has grade 8). she is accompanying a couple of clarinet exams & is supposed to be accompanying a child playing Tuxedo Junction & the Policeman's Song for grade 2 trumpet. The problem is that she can't play the 1st piece adequately & the exams are in a week.
It's not that she's not had enough time to work on it - she's had it since Easter. I went over it with her & explained how to simplify the walking bass line.
Do I offer to play it? - let her off the hook as it were. Disadvantages for me are that I will need to spend some time playing over the other piece & time is something I'm a bit short of. i've got my own exam the next day & i know my nerves will be frayed by accompanying 4 other children, never mind my own exam.
If I offer to do it will she see me as the easy way out whenever anything difficult comes up? She gets paid for this whereas I'm doing it in my own time, to try & help the children.
Why can't she play it ?- look at my signature -I haven't grade 8 piano, yet I sorted it.
Do I do what's right for the child who is very able & deserves a chance to play her best? Or what??