Dan took his first piano exam on 29 Feb 2012--a day that comes only once in 4 years! It was a special occasion indeed--the exam was the culmination of many months of practicing with grandma. He played 3 pieces (Gavotta, Tender Flower and Late At Night), did scales, aural & sight reading too.
I am super proud of my son--and I'm not even talking about being proud because he scored high marks or anything. In fact, we won't know the test results till 3 weeks.
But I'm just super proud of Dan's attitude towards exams, and his willingness to spend time practising, playing over and over, persevering, following through, improving in a skill like piano-playing.
Dan was very calm, laid back about the exam, and exuded quiet confidence. He was able to rein in his "inner monkey" and "inner wild party animal" and understood the need to be collected, understated, calm, and to take this whole thing seriously. Much like when he got the chance to conduct the SSO a year+ ago, or when he was a page boy at CS & Stella's wedding.
In short, he delivered. And that makes me proud.
Anyway, Grade 1 is over and done with! We'll be taking a break from formal exam piano for a while.
Dan had been playing his pieces so long, he started to transpose them and play them in D Major, G Major, F Major ! Actually, he's got a pretty good ear--he has begun to learn how to play "One Way Jesus" by ear, and has also managed to figure out how to play his school bell (which is actually a well-known piece by Anton Dvorak). I think for now, we'll stick to fun stuff like that or more hymns & Christian songs. Grade 2 is far far away at this point!