After going through all the blood, sweat and tears in the practice and preparations, the piano exam day is finally here. Your performance on the exam day is crucial to determine your result and achievement of the grade. Can you sail through it smoothly? Here are some tips for you.
Piano Exam Tips
For smooth sailing through your piano exam, you need to acquire these 7 elements on the exam day:
1. Good Stamina
To be able to give your best performance on your piano exam day, it is very important to have a good stamina and positive energy. Be sure to get enough sleep the night before the big day so that you are alert and do not feel too tired to accept the challenge. You are advised to take some food before the exam to avoid gastric or stomach discomfort too.
2. Be Punctual and Reach Early
It is advisable to reach the exam hall early and settle down at least 30 minutes before the exam. If you’re late, you may feel nervous which will affect your exam performance. You will give the examiner a bad impression too.
3. Give a Good Impression to the Examiner
Leaving the examiner a good first impression is another important aspect that help you in your piano exam. Dress up in clean and neat attire to show that you are respectful to the exam. You’re also advisable to wear flat and comfortable shoes so that it will not affect your playing when you press the pedal. Remember to knock the door before entering the exam room and greet your examiner with a smile.
4. Keep Your Hands Warm and Dry
When you feel nervous before the exam, your hands may feel cold or even trembling. This can greatly affect your performance so we should avoid it. Try to keep your hands warm by having a hot drink or washing your hands with warm water.
5. Make Sure That the Piano Keyboard is Not Oily
When it’s your turn for the exam, the piano is most probably used by several other candidates. It is not surprising if you find that the piano keyboard is oily because previous candidates may have left some residue of sweat or dirt on it. You can bring along a small piece of cloth or handkerchief to wipe the keyboard before you start playing.
6. Warm Up
It is good if you have time to warm up your hands before the exam. If you wish to try the piano, you can always ask for permission from the examiner to warm up for a few seconds to get a feel of the piano.
7. Be Confident
The most important thing of all, stay calm and be confident of yourself. Listen to the examiner’s instruction carefully and respond to it appropriately. Being confident will give examiner an impression that you’re well prepared for the exam.
Besides these tips for the piano exam day, you must make sure that you’re well prepared long before the actual exam. I’ve posted some tips for the piano exam preparation in this page and you’re recommended to read it too. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any question and I’ll be glad to get back to you. Good luck for your piano exam!