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#46 Latin pianist

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 13:53

They'd have to have your abrsm number to do that.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 19:56

So, interestingly I had a written confirmation fromAB of the children’s exams that were ridiculously early. I always do online and never opt for written communication and I can’t help thinking that AB have done something dodgy and they know that, and that’s why I got the letter.
Frankly, I don’t care..... encouraging everybody to do Trinity at the moment....
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 21:33

Well just to add to the mystery, I have made 2 separate entries. I have ticked the box saying that I like paper notification in both situations - I changed nothing apart from the candidates. I received paper notification for one entry and nothing for the second. ohmy.png


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#49 Aquarelle

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:53

We have exams on Sunday. I am hoping against hope that this will be a happy and positive experience for all concerned; I am very tired and having some difficulty in raising my usual enthusiasm but I expect I will find it on Sunday morning. Fingers crossed.


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Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:29

Good luck, Aquarelle - I really hope that it's a successful day for you and your pupils. Do let us know how it goes. x


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#51 Aquarelle

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 20:36

Thank you! Yes, I will report back.


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#52 Aquarelle

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 19:01

I certainly did not expect the results we got. Fourteen  candidates from Grades 1 to 4, 13 piano and one Treble Recorder. 2 passes, 4 Merits and 8 Distinctions. It is a very long time since I had a group of children who, on exam day, actually played as well as or in some cases even better than in their lessons. I can't believe it.

 

We had a very experienced  examiner who is also involved in examiner training. He  put them at their ease and all except one came out smiling. The one who didn't smile was a 12 year old G4 who plays very nicely and works hard but just fluffed it on the day. I had expected she would come out with a respectable merit. She came out convinced she had messed it all up and failed. In fact she got 116. It was odd because she is one of two sisters who both took G4 today and usually she is the confident one and the older sister a bag of nerves.It just got reversed! Anyway she got lots of comforting hugs and reassurances from Atarah ben Tovim and me and her mother and i think when she gets her result she will feel better. She is very bright and I think stressed because she so much wanted to do well.

 

All in all it was a lovely day; We had 6 candidates from another town and I had the pleasure of meeting their piano teacher - a young Russian girl. Her pupils also played very well. We also had three violinists.

 

If you are wondering why I have the results so quickly it's just that the system abroad isn't the same as in the UK. We have some disadvantages compared to the UK but also some advantages. I come off quite well in so far as because of our geographical situation my pupils are nearly always the last group of the French tour. And that is how I know that the boy who got 143 for his Grade 4 has the highest score of this year's French tour. I'm not a great one for competition and top marks etc but it's nice to know occasionally that one is on the right road. It confirmed my belief that imagination and making the music say what you want it to say - whatever the grade - is the important thing.

 

Oh, and if any one else has pupils on the verge of going stale can I suggest a rescue job that certainly worked for us this year. A couple of pages of Hanon fun!  It does wonders for  the sluggish  and careless articulation that creeps in a couple of weeks before exam day!


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 19:51

So glad that all went so well. Congratulations to pupils and teacher alike.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:05

Great news, Aquarelle! I'm so pleased for you that all went so well. Many congratulations to you and your pupils. I used to be the AB rep in Norway and after every exam session, the examiner would hand me the results before when I waved them off at the airport. I still remember the excitement I felt as I got into my car and opened the envelope!!    


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#55 Aquarelle

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 11:47

Yes Jenny, that seems to be the general practice. They are not allowed to hand over the results until they are leaving the country or centre  concerned, Then they hand them to the rep who passes them on after the examiner has left..  As it happened our rep had to leave before the last four candidates (3 brothers and a sister) so he handed me their results in a sealed envelope which I was not to open until he had left. 

 

Thank you - and also Gran'piano for your kind words. I'm still reeling - I have had quite a grim year and I certainly did not expect my pupils to do that well. I'd like to make another point. This examiner seems to have made no use of the word bank. His marks and remarks tally well and he has commented in such a way that I can see he appreciated the strengths and recognized the weaknesses of my pupils. It was one of the nicest exam days we have ever had.


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#56 Misterioso

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 11:58

Yes Jenny, that seems to be the general practice. They are not allowed to hand over the results until they are leaving the country or centre  concerned, Then they hand them to the rep who passes them on after the examiner has left..  As it happened our rep had to leave before the last four candidates (3 brothers and a sister) so he handed me their results in a sealed envelope which I was not to open until he had left. 

 

Thank you - and also Gran'piano for your kind words. I'm still reeling - I have had quite a grim year and I certainly did not expect my pupils to do that well. I'd like to make another point. This examiner seems to have made no use of the word bank. His marks and remarks tally well and he has commented in such a way that I can see he appreciated the strengths and recognized the weaknesses of my pupils. It was one of the nicest exam days we have ever had.

 

Why, oh why, can that not happen in the UK...?

 

Well done, Aquarelle, to you and your pupils, for such a successful and inspirational exam session.


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 13:09

Well done Aquarelle - a good result at the end of your difficult year. clap.gif


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 14:13

Well done to you and your students, Aquarelle - and breathe! Sounds as though you all had an excellent day. Your experience should be the norm, but sadly we all know that it isn't.
 Hope you can now all relax for your last few weeks of term. Here in the UK, many of our local state schools stagger on till the third week of July, so spare us a thought!


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 15:41

... Anyway she got lots of comforting hugs and reassurances from Atarah ben Tovim and me and her mother and i think when she gets her result she will feel better. 

 

Sorry to butt in on your thread, but I notice you have mentioned Atarah ben Tovim - a name I remember from the 1970's and I think she may have taught my brother the flute for a while back then. Apologies if I should know and I'm very out of touch, but is she in France now and does she still work to promote music with young people? I'm intrigued that she was comforting your distraught piano pupil!


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#60 Aquarelle

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 19:13

Atarah is the ABRSM representative for Nouvelle Acquitaine, and yes, she is still teaching and she does live in France.  It isn't my thread - it's maggiemay's and I suppose I should have put my exam results in the "On the Bench Thread" but ii followed on naturally from previous posts. Atarah is great!


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