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Piano ABRSM Sight Reading Exam Tips For Singaporean Students

Sight reading is one of the toughest parts of the piano ABRSM examinations, especially for local Singaporean students. This is because many Singaporean students are ‘perfectionists’. This causes many local, Singaporean students to hesitate, worry, or repeat over and over again when it comes to piano sight reading. However, that is exactly what will cause students to fail the sight reading examination!

That’s right. Throw out every ‘perfectionist’ nonsense that the Singapore schools are teaching you if you want to actually be a piano master at sight reading. Although you should try to hit the right notes, the main thing you should be a perfectionist about when it comes to piano sight reading is the rhythm and flow of the entire piece. (If you have stumbled upon the wrong post and actually just want a good private home piano teacher in Singapore, then contact¬†https://twitter.com/sglearnpiano/ instead.) Otherwise, read on.

First and foremost, always keep going. This is so important when it comes to sight reading. This is literally the golden rule. Stopping and restarting whenever you hit a wrong note is a terrible mistake, and especially common among local students in Singapore. Make sure to keep going forward, and if you find this difficult, read tip number two below.

Second of all, you must always read slightly ahead of whatever you are playing right now. This is so that you are always prepared for the next few notes that you will need to play. Otherwise, you will start panicking at the last minute if you do not look slightly ahead in terms of the piano score.

Third of all, be fast when it comes to reading the notes. In fact, although it is ideal to always hit the right notes, it is not recommended at all to mess up the entire rhythm of the sight reading piano piece just to get one or two notes perfect. The overall rhythm and flow of the piano playing is far more important if you want to score well in the sight reading segment of the Singapore ABRSM piano examinations. Do not take long when it comes to reading and analyzing the notes. Just play it, and if it’s slightly wrong, keep on going forward. Awkward, unnecessary pauses will mess up the rhythm of the entire sight reading piano piece, and will deduct more marks off your paper than playing the wrong notes ever will.

If you want more tips, then make sure to check out the video I have embedded as follows.


What Is The Best Age To Start Learning The Piano In Singapore?

If you always wanted to learn the piano in Singapore, but was not sure when you should learn it, here are the answers to your question.

There are actually two ages in which it is best for you to learn, and it is not every age, contrary to what people think.

The first age(s) which is best for you to learn piano is when you have no financial obligations nor responsibility to anyone or any entity (e.g. company, bank or government). This is general your school years when you are in primary school up till Junior College / Polytechnic levels. Most people in Singapore have their parents supporting them financially when they are still in their primary or secondary school years in particular. This means that you would not need to be bothered about an additional consideration when wanting to learn the piano – financial obligations. Therefore, you have fewer things to focus on. Therefore, if you are still in your primary and secondary school years, show your parent this article and let them know if you want to learn the piano in Singapore.

The second age(s) which is best for you to learn piano is when you are already financially free or at least stable. The reason I keep linking learning the piano to finances is because a piano is expensive, and weekly piano lessons cost money. When added up, they are not cheap. You can read more about investment costs in learning the piano in Singapore here. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you are in a right position before taking piano lessons in Singapore, otherwise you have much more to stress and focus on other than your piano lessons!