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Postby trinapiano » 14 Jan 2008, 17:50

Well, Ive been playing the piano for about 8 years now, or 6 if you count from when I actually started paying attention to anything my teacher said and actually started practicing and all that. I did my associate diploma recently and got a mark of 93%, with those 7 marks lost all being out of the 82 marks that were going for pieces. I have made a start on pieces for the licentiate diploma exam, I was kinda hoping to just get it out of the way as soon as I could, im not a huge fan of the exam system but annoyingly enough I do kinda need that piece of paper saying im that standard if im going to claim to be that standard... There is another exam session around March that I could try do the next diploma in, if I had the time(and confidence) to get that amount of work done in that space of time I think I could make it but im really not happy at all with how the exam pieces are going right now. I have also been practicing three pieces for the only competition I have entered this year(liszt spanish raphsody, Debussy l'isle joyeuse, a mozart fantasy) and although I have the notes down, Im really not happy with them otherwise. The competition is at the beginning of february so theres isnt a whole lot of time left. I wondering now though if I should just cancel any plans for doing any exams and competitions this year and just work on technique, theory and musicianship and that sort of thing for the next year or so. I could apply for the exam when im at a standard where id be working down to it rather than up to it, as I was for the associate diploma.. although I may be a little dissapointed about not being able to go for that this year after all, but id also be kinda hoping for a similar or better mark in the licentiate so would need more time in order to achieve that. Any thoughts?

The other dilema then is whether to apply for university music degree or conservatoire music degree... I mean I could apply to both yeah but If I get into both which should I go for... A friend who did the local universities music degree thinks really highly of it and thinks this one would be really good for me, I hear its very 'essay' orientated and pretty academic(which im not) though. The local music college have a very good reputation and have also just moved into a new building with amazing facilities(and 52 brand new steinway concert grand pianos :shock::o) and I like the look of their degree, which seems very different to the one my friend recommended and has a huge amount of practical music making on the course rather than mostly being history and composition and the more theoretical and academic side of music like the other which my friend recommended... although it is still there obviously, it also depends on what a person chooses to specialise in I think, first year is the same for everyone there. Its those id basically be choosing between, I cant really afford to go away from home. I should add that I applied to this music college for their music degree before and wasnt offered a place, although the pieces I played were beyond the level they asked for (minimum abrsm grade 6 standard)... im wondering if they might have thought that the pieces I played that time years ago were a little beyond me at the time, either that or I didnt come across like I really wanted it in the interview.

Any thoughts on either of those? Any help will be appreciated.
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Re: help?

Postby Drummer06 » 14 Jan 2008, 18:33

Wow!, That is very Impressive, After Eight Years and a 93% on your Associate's Diploma. I
must say, You have got some serious talent!

For the Competiton in March, If you feel Confident with where you are I would go ahead and
do it and Hope for the best. But if you think you need more time then I would Advise you sit
it out, It's your choice. Either way I wish You Luck.

I'm Afraid thats all the Information I can Provide, I hope that It's itself useful to you, Playing the Piano Is Just something I do as a Hobbie. So there For I can't Tell you whether to Apply for a University music degree or a conservatoire music degree, But There are Copious Amounts of very Wise Members here who I am Sure will be able To help answer that or any other Questions you may have.

Always
D6
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Re: help?

Postby trinapiano » 06 Feb 2008, 15:09

Thank you :D

Well, the exam has been put off until June, the competition is only a few days away now and il probably do it.. I just hope I manage to get through the pieces without sheetmusic!! :o

Im still thinking about the whole College thing... But I have plenty of time yet. The university degrees would still kinda depend on me getting certain slightly higher grades than just the minimun needed to matriculate for college which would be all id need for most conservatoire degrees ive looked up, as well as passing the interview/auditions. At the moment im kinda leaning towards just doing a year long course this year coming and applying abroad for the degree somewhere.... but I dunno really.

thanks again!
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Re: help?

Postby Drummer06 » 06 Feb 2008, 15:40

Thank you :D

It was my Pleasure

Good luck with the competition and let me know how it go's.

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