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Tiifeni Goes for Grade 5

Posted on: 23rd Mar 2022

The coronavirus pandemic brought massive change to many aspects of life.  As we gradually try to return to life without restrictions it is interesting to see what changes will remain, because they have resulted in an improvement in the way things are done.  In the field of music, one of these is the opportunity to now do a graded examination by video.  Students learn four pieces of music on their instrument, record them with their teacher and then send the recording to the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music to be assessed.

Tiifeni, Year 9, has been learning the violin for the last six years.  She has recently been preparing for her grade 5 violin examination with her violin teacher, Ms Blair.  She recorded a real variety of musical pieces for her exam at the end of February, from the romantic music of Tchaikovsky to the more modern works of Benjamin Britten.  She also played a piece that had an Eastern European folk feel called “Cafe Classique” by the composer Johow.

On speaking to Tiifeni, it is clear she found the experience rewarding, “The benefit of taking a music exam is that you get to test and project your skills that you have learnt whilst studying ... I liked learning to play my four pieces (fast and slow) with expression and dynamics, which I felt I could... [particularly] show through slow tempo songs.”

Tiifeni also plays her violin in the school orchestra and the Lambeth Music Service orchestra.  This is something we encourage all La Retraite musicians to do and Tiifeni sums up why, “I feel playing the violin in orchestra is fun as it helps you prepare for possibly being in a proper orchestra. Playing with many people of different strengths, abilities and instruments is also nice as you can call yourself a part of the wonderful music you have created.”

Well done, Tiifeni, and good luck working towards your next exam grade and concert!

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