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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

How can I introduce my child to music?

11 months ago
Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall is a private, peri and classroom music teacher from York. An award winning author she has written 17 publications to date including ABRSM Piano Encores and joint edited Piano Star Grade 1. She is a co-author of the beginner piano method, Get Set! Piano as well as being trained in teaching music to special needs students. She is passionate about all children having access to a good quality music education.

Having your child learning an instrument is really exciting for you both. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to aid your child’s development and provide them with a passion for life. Parents are an integral part of their child’s potential musical success and cultivating a love of music is a very important first step for children wanting to play an instrument.

There are a range of ways you can introduce your child to music. Simply singing nursery rhymes at home is a great start and will also help with their literacy skills at school. You can also incorporate music into playing ‘with your child on your lap’ games like horsey horsey where the child is bounced on the knee imitating the pulse. Playing classical music in the background at home or in the car is an easy way to subtly introduce different musical sounds. There are also a range of pre-instrumental musicianship classes you can take your child along to as well as local orchestral events which cater to younger children specifically. Encouraging your child to engage in informal performances when play-mates visit, all aid a desire to make music and will help motivate them to practice once they start playing an instrument.

Exposure to inspirational music can be really exciting for children and pay dividends in the long term. Mary’s 16 year old daughter Beth wants to be an Opera singer… As Mary suggests, this ambition started when she watched an opera singer perform as a child:
“When Beth was 6 years old she took part in a memorial service where she sang with a small group of children. As part of the event a male Opera singer performed. She was so mesmerised by his performance and spoke for weeks afterwards about his amazing sound and storytelling actions. I think it was this exposure that first sewed the seed for her singing ambitions. She even recounts the story today.”
Experiencing music is the key to inspiring a desire for musical achievement in children and as a parent you have the biggest influence in introducing your child to the wider musical world.



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