Has anyone on this forum taken the ARSM as an adult amateur? What are your opinions of its benefits?
I passed Grade 8 with merit last year on the clarinet with a view that it would be my last exam. When taking exams the pieces have always been my strength. I took 6,7 and 8 in consecutive years and the scales and aural were my nightmare. My teacher has suggested that as I enjoy playing the pieces the ARSM would be ideal for me and so I have continued lessons.
I am wavering as to whether it is a good idea. I feel that it is good to have a challenge, but I have good days and bad days working on my pieces. When applying for courses I am quite comfortable ticking the grade 6-8 box and fear that if I move to a higher band I will lose confidence among other musicians.
I play in both a concert wind band and a clarinet ensemble so regularly play outside of lessons.