Learning all about the music exam syllabuses.
What is it better to learn: ABRSM or Trinity syllabus?
Do you guys know all about the piano exams in England?
What are the official examiners? What are the examinations about?
ABRSM or Trinity syllabuses? Which is the best option for you or for your students?
Here we are to help all those students, or our members as piano instructors in London to answer these and more questions about the music examinations.
Sabrina Curpanen, one of our members at Pianist AID has just written an article based on her experience. Most of the music students in London and England are focused on official examinations. For different reasons, these have become the centre of any musical training nowadays. An 80% of the total students registering at WKMT decide to learn under either ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses to work towards grades proposed by these two organisations. For that reason, we considered this article essential and crucial for you all.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced, but seeking for taking your music skills to an exam, this article will be of your interest. Also, if you are an instructor and receive questions like this, learn the main differences with this new post. You can all click on the link aforementioned to fully read the post. Here we will summarise what you will see in this great and helpful article.
Sight-reading: Learn the differences between the organisers in terms of sight-reading
Scales and arpeggios: Learn what you will need from this subject wither with ABRSM and Trinity
Supporting tests: Some tests added to the exam including concepts and subjects apart from just playing/
The repertoire of pieces: ABRSM is more classical like in terms of the pieces suggested. However, Trinity proposes a wider range of pieces to choose from, including different styles and eras of music.
What is the pianistic tone?
Learning how the pianistic tone improves our way of playing the piano
Many of the piano students find challenging to acquire this technique, for many performers take years and even the most skilful piano tutors find it strenuous to transmit to their students.
This concept is very much developed and focused in the UK and proved to a powerful expressive resource to get to the level of expressiveness so cherished to any piano performer.
The Tone is basically how we approach the note and how we release it. Sounds very easy to say, but in the experience at WKMT, we have found this concept is not developed enough.
The concept of “tone” covered elements like the duration of each type of articulation, the quality of the attacks, the release of the keys and the relation of intensity between one note and its surrounding ones The way we approach each note-attack will affect the speed of our performance, its character and most importantly, our way of understanding the whole structure that supports our musical performance.
The very first step to obtaining this skill is starting to be aware of the speed in which we play every note; we know this appears to be an endless task, but if we just raise our awareness with every note, this will allow our aural sense to widen bit by bit and grant a perception we didn’t think we had in us. As Maestro Juan Rezzuto states: “When we explore the “tone”, we should always refer to how we would sing the melodic line in question. In many ways, this work resembles the everyday work of a singer. We should analyse and feel each detail of the sound. How it starts, how it sustains, how we release the key, and how the sound faints then after. It is a beautiful work, and the results change the way we approach music as a whole.”
Do not miss this interesting article by Juan Rezzuto, published on WKMT Blog, with which you will learn the importance of this concept and how to implement it.
Haydn double piano and violin concerto by WKMT
Have you ever attended a Haydn piano concerto? What if we tell you that WKMT Piano studio has organised the Hob XVIII:6 for violin and piano in London? And going further, what if that concert is played by Juan Rezzuto, who is the specialist in Haydn who is performing every single concert the Maestro Haydn ever composed? Sounds good, isn’t it?
Well, that is exactly what we are releasing today. As you might be aware of, WKMT host classical concerts every single month for all their members and people interested in their concerts in London.
On the 28th of September 2019, Saturday, you will have the chance of attending a beautiful concert in St. Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court, London. From 18:30 hrs.
Maestro Rezzuto and Paola Delucchi will be playing this famous double piano and violin concerto accompanied by WKMT Ensemble formed by six or seven strings (violins, cellos, a double bass).
Paola Delucchi has performed concerts across Europe (UK, Italy, China, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Germany) as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She currently plays the violin by Romeo Antoniazzi (1902). She is a real violin player with plenty of performing dates in London. Check their website for more info.
Juan Rezzuto, well, we all know the Maestro who founded Pianist AID to help other musicians to have their performing opportunities in London. He founded WKMT, one of the most famous piano studios of London, as well as his Haydn project performing and sharing the Scaramuzza piano technique. Actually, this concert takes part in the offer to Paola to organise this concert as well as the Violin Concerto No 1 by Mozart which WKMT will organise by the end of this 2019. We will keep you posted once we have more details.
Both Juan and Paola have gathered to recreate this beautiful piano and violin concerto for all of us, which is a real honour. And better still, accompanied by WKMT Ensemble which is formed by some of our members.
You can check their next classical concerts in London using the link aforementioned. Do not miss this beautiful and inspiring concerto.
WKMT London Piano Festival
Performing live as part of your training
Glad to finally release the final date of the next edition of the famous piano festivals by WKMT. For all those who don’t know yet, WKMT London Piano Studio organises twice a year fabulous piano and music festivals for all music students to perform in London for the audience while being recorded professionally.
This is obviously part of the famous WKMT music and piano training. Apart from the Scaramuzza technique during their piano lessons, always provided by professional committed tutors, they also help the students with performing opportunities in London. For them to feel and experience the real emotions from a live performance. It enhances the learning and skills of any musical instrument.
The latter will help the students manage the stress and nerves when delivering the performance. Putting into real practice all that you learned in the music lessons. To make them show themselves to the world and open their creativity and character on stage. It seems obvious, isn’t it? However, 80% of the music students never experienced such situation when learning an instrument. So what is the real meaning of learning an instrument? Of course, the learning process expands us in many fields, however, as the real meaning of committing to something is by experiencing it. And that is what WKMT does best.
This 15th of June in St Cuthbert’s Earls Court everyone will be expected to participate, so if you are looking for performing opportunity in London, this is the right moment to do it.
Check all the info by clicking on the link aforementioned. The second link is about a new post written by our founder and WKMT Director, Juan Rezzuto. He shares his own ideas of why creating these festivals along with the importance of any musical training.
We take the chance to thank our members working at WKMT for their hard work and the good results have gotten that will be seen in this Festival.