AMEB exam tip #10

Could-a should-a would-a.

The main thing to remember in doing an exam is that YOU did it. Nobody else did. That’s an achievement. And it doesn’t matter if you get an A, B or C. You did the best that you could on the day. Be proud of yourself and give yourself a big pat on the back. Yes, you could have performed that tricky bit better, yes you slowed down towards the end, yes you forgot what key the piece goes into in the middle. These things happen. By doing an exam and putting yourself through the whole process, you’re learning valuable lessons. And… it will be so much easier the next time around!

This post is from an AMEB article.

AMEB exam preparation tip #9

Tell the story!

Ok, so you’re about to go into the exam room. Yes, it can be scary and unnerving. However, remember that this is a performance. You’re performing music! You’re not there just to get the notes right. Tell the examiner a story with the music that you play. Express your musical personality with every note, even the scales and arpeggios. Bring some magic into that room! And don’t give up if you make a few mistakes. Sometimes a few wrong notes can help you to relax and break the tension – you’re human after all. Concentrate on playing expressively and bringing meaning to every sound that you make. It may be a small room in a strange building with an unfamiliar examiner in the corner but don’t be afraid. Enter confidently, don’t get distracted and don’t let small things put you off. Remember that the examiner really wants to hear what you have to say. Take a couple of deep breaths and then fill up that room with your charisma, personality and style.

This post is taken from an AMEB article.

AMEB exam preparation tip #8

VIP club.

When it’s time to head to the exam facility, be your own bouncer when it comes to inviting others along. Give yourself momentary celebrity status by bringing only your closest supporters. Exams can be emotional and generally pretty intense. Rather than dragging that girl/guy you’re trying to impress, friends, neighbours or pets to the exam site, give yourself the space to focus on the task at hand – have your fans waiting for you in the limo to celebrate your achievements at the exclusive afterparty.

This post is from an AMEB article.

AMEB exam preparation tip #7

Next top musician.

We’ve all seen performers get on stage donning elegant evening wear accompanied by stilettos or suffocating bowties. Fascinating amounts of onstage skin, maneuvering of high heels over piano pedals or impressive sweat stains are all distractions that take away from our experience of the music. Showcase your red carpet repertoire with a classy and comfortable outfit that you’re familiar with and that allows you to play with ease.

This post is from an AMEB article.

AMEB exam preparation tip #6

Section III am.

More likely than not, you didn’t learn to play your instrument in a fortnight or your repertoire over a long weekend so the chance are, superpowers aside, you cannot learn sight-reading, aural skills and general knowledge overnight. Start preparing for the Section III requirements well in advance of your exam. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself staring at unfamiliar concepts, challenging musical passages, three empty coffee mugs and strands of your own hair that you’ve pulled out at 3am the night before the exam. Instead, aim to be staring at the back of your relaxed and well-prepared eyelids. Try using a practice diary to prompt early and thorough preparation.

This post is taken from an AMEB article.