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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:54 am 
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I am curious to know peoples thoughts around any benefit in children playing string/wind pieces unaccomapnied or whether it is wiser to choose a piece with a piano accompanist , even though the child has never met the pianist before ?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:06 am 
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Strawberry123 wrote:
I am curious to know peoples thoughts around any benefit in children playing string/wind pieces unaccomapnied or whether it is wiser to choose a piece with a piano accompanist , even though the child has never met the pianist before ?


Is it one of the rules that you can only be accompanied by the person employed by the school, or can you book the accompanist your DC has for exams (assuming that s/he is available on the day)?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:10 am 
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Thank you. Where does it say you can have the accompanist from the exams ? I have not seen that written anywhere just one that they supply.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:46 pm 
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Both my dds did this music audition. You have to use their person but you have plenty of time to prepare with them. In my opinion part of the audition is showing your ability to work with them. Our woman loved dd1's piece and told her how much she enjoyed playing it. As it was written as a Viola/Piano duet by a woman in love with a pianist we knew she would love it. I am sure it really helped as dd1 did not drop a mark. DG


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:04 pm 
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You can prepare on the day with the person accompanying ? Thats good to hear - how much time do they allow for this ? Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:13 am 
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We felt on both times we had all the time we needed. But we did arrive early and so we had lots of opportunities. We were also with lots of pianists and violinists playing Fiddle Time Joggers so we did not face much competition for her time! DG


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:02 am 
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My DD (in 2013) didn't have an opportunity to rehearse. In fact, the accompanying was a total disaster for her. She played Dvorak Humoresque on violin and the accompanist had to ask her to restart twice because he made mistakes. Her audition was the first one of the day and she wasn't given a waiting/warm up room which meant she had to tune up in the audition room while the examiners were taking their coats off and rearranging the furniture.
She has always been a confident performer and had played the piece accompanied many times so she still scored highly but was unfortunately just below the cut off for her first choice school (although she did get a place after appeal).
It wasn't really the experience or result she had hoped for.

If you do decide on an accompanied piece I would make sure your child has had plenty of rehearsals with an accompanist so that they are familiar playing the piece with a pianist.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:14 am 
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This is really shocking. No wonder you won your appeal. They should have given you the opportunity to come back on another day with a different accompanist. I would hope he is no longer with them.

Also no point in preparing for the audition if you are not also preparing for the audio test. You do not get to audition unless you get through that first so that should be your first focus. DG


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:23 am 
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I totally agree with 1Watford's advice.

We have a professional violinist in the family. She would never perform with an accompanist without having rehearsed together first; when going for exams, she always had at least 2-3 rehearsals with the pianist beforehand. I would think an opportunity to rehearse with an accompanist before an exam/audition is crucial for a child, in particular when they haven't played with a given pianist before.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:57 pm 
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Thank you all. My gut feel is that my DD should go a solo piece without the pressure of being accompanied. Fingers crossed for the aural test, how soon should one prep for that? Thanks


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