Pupils Achieve Distinctions In Music Exams

Music teacher, Jane Pender

Five Islands School music teacher, Jane Pender, says she’s very proud of her pupils’ recent ABRSM grades.

An adjudicator from the mainland heard each pupil play three pieces and then scored them out of 150. Four pupils gained a distinction following their assessments, which requires marks of 130 or more. They were James Craig for the piano, Loveday Lewin and Inca Reynolds for the flute and Leanne Williams for the baritone saxophone.

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Jane Pender Talks about the school’s musical successes

Pupils also achieved 12 merits and 3 passes.

Jane singles out Miranda Hygate for achieving Grade 7 and a merit on the flute, which, she says, is not easily done.

Jane also told us that there were some very young pupils taking their first gradings this year, including some as young as year 3, which can be quite daunting.

She doesn’t think that some instruments are easier to master than others and, while some pupils have a natural aptitude for music, Jane says it’s practise and more practise that really makes the difference. She says the younger members should be looking at 10-15 minutes practice per day, but once they reach higher grades, it could extend to 1 or 2 hours per day.

Jane offers special thanks to Julia McKenzie for accompanying the pupils, adding “they couldn’t do it without her.”