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Changes to ABRSM Syllabus (2021 onwards) – One Giant Leap.

ABRSM has introduced many new changes to its syllabus from 2021 onwards - from greater choices in pieces, to the introduction of performance grades, exciting times indeed!

How do online piano lessons work?

Online piano lessons work well if you can fulfill the following conditions as much as you can. While not everyone will have access to a dedicated USB HD stereo webcam, or a soundproof room, there are many things you can do to help make the conditions as good as possible.

Can you mix different styles of music together?

The beauty of music goes beyond learning just 'classical', or 'pop', or 'jazz' for that matter. Every genre of music has its own beautiful characteristics, and the even more wonderful thing is that you can COMBINE these beautiful characteristics together by fusing different musical styles! But first, you must be open enough to try!

Pop and Jazz Music to be included to O-level syllabus

The Ministry of Education has announced that Jazz, Pop Music and Music Production will henceforth be included into the 'O' level Music syllabus. This is great news for music education. For too long, the focus on studying only classical music leaves students the lack of opportunity to experience and study genres that have evolved since the time of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart.

A Comparison Between Different Music Exam Boards

How do you know which music exam board suits you and your style of learning? Read on to see a comparison between different music exam boards such as ABRSM, ANZCA, TCL, Rockschool, LCME.

Scoring for Film Music (or any other music)

Scoring for Film Music (or any other kind of music) is hard work!. The behind-the-scenes work that includes a sound knowledge of how different instruments work in relation to each other, technical aspects such as working with DAWs, VSTs, knowledge of audio engineering, mixing, mastering, etc. all will come into play. Most of all, if you want to be good at scoring, start with listening!

How to overcome performance anxiety?

A lot of piano students have performance anxiety. This is natural because we all want to do well and we don't want to lose 'face'. However, in order to train our nerves, the only way out is not to read a book on overcoming anxiety, but to perform in front of others. We just have to think small first, but build it deep. This way, we will grow with good foundations.

Improvisation in music lessons

Why should we learn music improvisation? The benefits of music improvisation is tremendous in helping you to be creative and not be stuck in the same mould where you merely play note-for-note, week in week out. Improvisation helps you hear different possibilities in music!

What is the pentatonic scale?

What's the pentatonic scale and how do I use it? What makes it so special?