Scoring well in the ABRSM piano sight reading segment seems like a difficult task for most Singaporean music students. This is largely because it is impromptu playing, and some students lack the confidence. Singaporean students tend to score well in pieces, because they get to have a lot of practice. But that is definitely not the case for the actual sight reading portion of the ABRSM exam.
Here are some tips to help you sight read like a pro for your piano ABRSM exams. Also, make sure to get a good piano teacher. A great piano teacher will be able to help you by leaps and bounds. A recommended agency from which you can get a piano teacher in Singapore from is SG Learn Piano.
Perhaps your child told you that he or she wants to learn the piano and take piano lessons. Or maybe you have read online about the benefits a child may get from learning music. Regardless of the reason, we will talk about the benefits your child may gain as a result of taking piano lessons. Because every parent in Singapore is different, you can then decide if you want to send your child for Singapore piano lessons after checking through this post!
Learning the piano works out both logical and creative sides of your child’s brain
First of all, it is well known that playing the piano requires coordination and precise maneuvering of both hands at the same time. A pianist will also be required to perform different actions on both hands at the same time. Playing the piano is one of those rare activities where your child will be required to perform vastly different things on each hand. This means that by playing the piano, your child will be able to activate both his or her left side and right side brain at the same time. Few other activities in the world achieves this. Therefore, when your child takes piano lessons, he or she will be able to work his or her creative right side and the logical left side brain. This will enable your child to be more well developed brain-wise compared to his or her peers over the years.
Your child can opt for music elective program (MEP) in school and breeze through the subject and score an easy ‘A’
Second of all, some schools offer a music elective program. This is basically a program where your child can choose to learn music as a subject in school instead. If your child learns the piano and is grade 5 or above, he or she can enroll in this program. MEP program is a near guaranteed A for your child. At the very least, it is a very easy to score topic for your child if your child can enroll in the MEP. This is because your child is already accredited with the higher ABRSM piano grades. MEP school work will be a breeze for your child. This allows your child more time to focus on other subjects. This is because his or her ‘A’ score will be nearly guaranteed for this MEP.
Of course, make sure to consider your child’s opinions as well. Make sure that your child wants to learn music to this degree. Some children really want to excel in piano, while others are forced by their parents to learn. Do not be the latter type of parent!
Your child will be in good company and not mix around with juvenile delinquents
Third of all, playing the piano is a good hobby. This may be a generalization and some will disagree with me. However, how often do you hear pianists going out and mixing around with juvenile delinquents, smoke and drink? Nearly never. There is just a debonair vibe about pianists. Pianists engage in more ‘gentlemen’ or ‘womanly’ activities only. There are nearly no pianists who become a Singaporean ah beng or ah lian. This is a good indirect yet effective way to inculcate good values into your children without you nagging them. They will feel happy, and you will feel assured that they will grow up good most of the times.
There are several ways you can choose to learn the piano in Singapore. You can either learn it online through YouTube lessons, or you could hire a private home piano teacher, or you could learn from a music school. The above are all possible options in Singapore. However, not all options are equally beneficial for you. Let us take a look at some considerations before you make a right decision.
Do you wish to get ABRSM accredited?
First of all, do you wish to pursue the ABRSM graded examinations? If your answer to this question is a yes, then you will want to learn from a professional teacher either from a music school or hired privately. The reason for this is because they will be able to shortcut your learning curve by at least half. Unless you intend to potentially take 16 years to pass the ABRSM exams, you should learn from a private home piano teacher or a school.
This is because when it comes to passing the ABRSM examinations, the theory can get pretty complicated when it is grade 4 and 5. You will need to pass at least grade 5 theory to take the practical exams for grade 6 and up. Therefore, my recommendation to you is to learn from a private piano teacher in Singapore or a music school if your goal is to pass Grade 8 practical ABRSM exams.
If your answer is no, then… read on
Second of all, if you answer is no to the above question, then you have more options. Let us then look at what you want to learn the piano for. If your purpose is to learn a song for an occasion – such as for your wedding or for your 21st birthday party, then there is no real need to learn from a teacher. You can save money by actually simply taking simple online piano tutorials.
The gist is that if you wish to get professionally accredited, you will save yourself lots of headaches and time if you get a professional teacher. If not, you can self educate yourself.