If you want to get a distinction for your piano exams in Singapore, then it is important to know these 5 hidden tricks to acing your ABRSM piano examinations.
First of all, it is better to completely ignore a wrongly pressed note during your piano ABRSM examinations than to try to correct it, repeat it, or even acknowledge it in any way whatsoever. Pianists at professional concerts also hit wrong notes once in a long while, but they simply ignore it and proceed on as though nothing went wrong. Sometimes, if you are so confident even though you make a mistake, the ABRSM piano examiner will give you bonus points just because of your confidence.
Second of all, do not try to judge whether an ABRSM piano examiner thinks you are playing well or not playing well. Some teachers may ask you to see if the examiner is always in a good mood and smiling or in a foul mood to know if you are doing what they want to hear. However, this is not true. There are many cases where a piano examiner appears to be in a good mood but give the student low marks, and vice versa. Do not even bother trying to decipher the examiner’s emotions or thoughts and simply focus on yourself.
Third of all, you should ideally start from something you are very confident about. There are several segments to the examination, and because most people are most familiar with the ABRSM exam piano pieces, it is highly recommended to start off with that. This is so that it gets your confidence levels higher, and it also gives the examiner a better first impression of you.
Fourth of all, it is absolutely crucial that you do not take what the examiner says at face value all the time. For example, the examiner may give you a compliment or give you a nasty face. If you react to this, you probably will get nervous and screw up the remaining of your piano examination. It does not matter what he or she thinks, and you should certainly not let that affect you in any way whatsoever.
Finally, it is important to know how to engage a good piano teacher in Singapore. The best way to find a good piano teacher in Singapore is to go through an agency. The second best way is to get a recommendation from a friend or friend’s child who has scored high marks in piano examinations. Most independent teachers on forums will boast. But you need to think about this – which teacher would have incentive to tell the truth? None. A lousy teacher will promote himself or herself on Singapore online forums because he or she has no one else to promote. But for agencies, they work with many different teachers, and they make money regardless of whichever teacher they recommend to you. They make the most money if they always only recommend good teachers. They have no incentive to promote a lousy teacher as it will affect their reputation.