This message was contributed by Angela on 28/2/06.
It was in reply to this message: Grades
posted by Dan on 20/2/06.
When I was learning to play as a kid I was fortunate enough to have supportive parents who encouraged me to do as many groups and ensembles outside of school as I could manage. I have no doubt that spending so much time with the instrument on my face coupled with being exposed to lots of different types of music was the secret of my success. I think from about the age of twelve I was often out four nights a week playing in various bands. I also used to enter into lots of solo and band competitions which gave me lots of things to practice for and therefore didn't find the need to do any of the ABRSM exams.
If you're really interested in playing why not try one of the courses offered on a Saturday morning at one of the Music colleges? Entrance is by audition and it will give you a taster of what it's like to study music full time!