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#16 Gran'piano

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 12:59

 - I have an amazing ability to go completely blank and not be able to work out what comes next.

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Join the club. One of our daughters has the same problem too. The other, like Mr.G'P, is 'normal nervous'.


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Posted 30 July 2019 - 13:01

I am in that club too.

Taking grade 3 piano last summer I was a nervous wreck. I made so many mistakes and stopped and had to take a few deep breaths to be able to continue but still passed so I am sure you can do it Misterioso
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Posted 31 July 2019 - 08:24

I'm in the club too. Really hoping I can be brave enough to do Grade 7 piano and then Grade 8, but can I really put myself through the anxiety, which wouldn't just be for the exam, it would be all the time for 2/3 weeks or even more before it .... I would hate not to do an exam just because of this "disability" but it is a very real issue. Sympathies to all those similarly afflicted.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 11:27

I'm in the club too. Really hoping I can be brave enough to do Grade 7 piano and then Grade 8, but can I really put myself through the anxiety, which wouldn't just be for the exam, it would be all the time for 2/3 weeks or even more before it .... I would hate not to do an exam just because of this "disability" but it is a very real issue. Sympathies to all those similarly afflicted.

 

My sympathies to everyone as well who suffers with debilitating anxiety. I have been there, and what worked best was psychological therapy (CBT), which you can get for free on the NHS. It's hard, but it really worked for me. Now, I didn't have the therapy for performance anxiety specifically, but the same principles still apply, and people with performance anxiety are likely to be anxious about other things too.  I know there's no 'one-size-fits-all' with these things, some people really don't like CBT at all, but if that is an option, I really do recommend people to at least give it a go. Putting in the hard work is easier than living with anxiety! Of course I still have anxiety but it doesn't stop me from doing the things I want. I'm happy to chat via e.g. private messages if anyone wants more information. :) Even though I had therapy before I started my singing & piano, I don't think I would be able to sit exams if I hadn't done that work before - in fact, I don't think I would have started learning music at all if I still was as anxious as I used to be. 

 

Going back to autumn exams, I had a lesson on Sunday and suggested to my teacher that I should just sign up to take theory exam in November and I'll then just make sure I'll be ready for it. She agreed, so at least I've made a clear commitment now. 


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#20 Misterioso

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 09:41

 

My sympathies to everyone as well who suffers with debilitating anxiety. I have been there, and what worked best was psychological therapy (CBT), which you can get for free on the NHS. It's hard, but it really worked for me. Now, I didn't have the therapy for performance anxiety specifically, but the same principles still apply, and people with performance anxiety are likely to be anxious about other things too.  

 

 

 

 

I've had an extensive course of CBT, but still the problem remains! The only time I've felt almost calm about taking an exam was my Grade 5 flute several eons ago, after I had had a hypnotherapy session targeting performance anxiety specifically. I would do it again if the resource was available locally. 


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#21 ejw21

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 15:15

Submitted my booking LCM Grade 7 leisure play today. The date schedule is just about 20 years exactly since I last sat a practical exam. 


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#22 gav_1988

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 22:23

Submitted my booking LCM Grade 7 leisure play today. The date schedule is just about 20 years exactly since I last sat a practical exam. 

Exciting!  It's a strange feeling going back to music exams after such a long break. Very definitely worth it though. When I did my Grade 4 sax, it was in the same room as all my piano grades as a kid - it was even the same piano. All a bit surreal, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to, and much more than I did doing them as a kid. All the best! 


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 11:48

gav_1988, that must have been very weird! I've moved house many many times in 20 years so there are no awkward memories associated with this exam centre. Hoorah!


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 14:38

Anyone else taking a theory exam in November?  I'm registered for G6.  I've been working through practice problems and past papers.  I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm going to keep up the pressure until the exam.

 

My student who was considering a theory exam decided to take the bull by the horns and asked me to sign her up for G5!  We've been working hard to get her ready.  She's been working G4 practice exams, and is consistently scoring at distinction level.  Next week we'll start revising for G5 and I'll keep her doing practice problems and past papers.  Teaching her for G5 is also good review for me as I prepare for G6.

 

We're registered and our entries show up in the online system.  Alea iacta est.  Thankfully neither of us will be the only adult in the room!

 

Scaredycat and hennylemon, did either of you decide to take a theory exam?

 

Anyone else?


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 20:31

Hoping to take my grade 4 double bass (and to do a course at Benslow Music).


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 08:19

Anyone else taking a theory exam in November?  I'm registered for G6.  I've been working through practice problems and past papers.  I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm going to keep up the pressure until the exam.

 

My student who was considering a theory exam decided to take the bull by the horns and asked me to sign her up for G5!  We've been working hard to get her ready.  She's been working G4 practice exams, and is consistently scoring at distinction level.  Next week we'll start revising for G5 and I'll keep her doing practice problems and past papers.  Teaching her for G5 is also good review for me as I prepare for G6.

 

We're registered and our entries show up in the online system.  Alea iacta est.  Thankfully neither of us will be the only adult in the room!

 

Scaredycat and hennylemon, did either of you decide to take a theory exam?

 

Anyone else?

 

Anyone else taking a theory exam in November?  I'm registered for G6.  I've been working through practice problems and past papers.  I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm going to keep up the pressure until the exam.

 

My student who was considering a theory exam decided to take the bull by the horns and asked me to sign her up for G5!  We've been working hard to get her ready.  She's been working G4 practice exams, and is consistently scoring at distinction level.  Next week we'll start revising for G5 and I'll keep her doing practice problems and past papers.  Teaching her for G5 is also good review for me as I prepare for G6.

 

We're registered and our entries show up in the online system.  Alea iacta est.  Thankfully neither of us will be the only adult in the room!

 

Scaredycat and hennylemon, did either of you decide to take a theory exam?

 

Anyone else?

Good luck! I'm hoping to take my first Grade One MT exam next year. 


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#27 hennylemon

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 13:22

Anyone else taking a theory exam in November?  I'm registered for G6.  I've been working through practice problems and past papers.  I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm going to keep up the pressure until the exam.

 

My student who was considering a theory exam decided to take the bull by the horns and asked me to sign her up for G5!  We've been working hard to get her ready.  She's been working G4 practice exams, and is consistently scoring at distinction level.  Next week we'll start revising for G5 and I'll keep her doing practice problems and past papers.  Teaching her for G5 is also good review for me as I prepare for G6.

 

We're registered and our entries show up in the online system.  Alea iacta est.  Thankfully neither of us will be the only adult in the room!

 

Scaredycat and hennylemon, did either of you decide to take a theory exam?

 

Anyone else?

 

 

Well done for persuading your student to go for the music theory exam! I will also (finally) take it this autumn. I ditched the ABRSM workbooks and have been using Dorothy Dingle's Pass Grade 5 Theory workbook (https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/0955395100). It adopts a thematic approach (if that's the right term) instead of a grade-by-grade approach, which I prefer. I find the exercises and explanations very clear and I like having everything I need in one book instead of give separate ones. Having said that, I have also been doing the ABRSM past exam papers. The thing that always trips me up is beaming. I find that part of theory less logical than others. I'm sure it's not true in reality, but I probably have some kind of a fundamental misunderstanding of it. Keys, scales, transposing etc. I feel quite confident about. 

 

Good luck thara96 with your G1 theory!


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