Here we are, at last: the final term before the summer break!
For many, this is a time of examinations: GCSEs, A-Levels and, of course, music examinations! As we know, with examinations comes hard work and often stress.
I'm currently busy preparing my dedicated and hardworking students for their upcoming exams and wanted to share some advice from the professional examiners at RSL Awards.
This short video gives some excellent advice on performing under pressure and also shows us that it's okay to feel nervous before an exam. Not only that, the video also gives some fantastic advice about picking the piece back up and recovering following mistakes!
Well done to all students this term for tackling some impressive music and showing real commitment to their instruments! You've all earned a well-deserved break, so enjoy the time off. Please try your best to keep up with the work you've been set, ready to show me your musical skills after the Spring holiday!
It's been a fantastic term and everyone has worked very hard, indeed! I'm now looking forward to taking a short break from teaching and enjoying some quiet time in the fresh countryside air.
See you all next term!
Photo credit: Mark Robinson