At Soundsteps we offer two types of exams. At the end of every term all Soundsteps pupils have the opportunity to take one of our friendly, internal exams. Although these exams are not recognised, they give children a great chance to experience a music exam, as well as getting feedback during the exam from the teacher – we like to think of them as a mini one-to-one lesson.
These exams are held at your child’s usual venue, day and time, and are optional. However, we have found that over 95% of pupils take part in them, as children really enjoy the challenge of preparing, and passing, exams. Children are presented with a ‘Certificate of Merit’ at the end of the exam, and parents are given report sheets, so that you can see exactly how your child is getting on.
At Soundsteps we understand that some pupils want to go that extra mile, and achieve exams that are fully recognised. For this purpose we also offer pupil’s the opportunity to study for Trinity/Guildhall Exams. These lessons are very different from our fast, fun Soundsteps lessons. Firstly, our groups are limited to small groups of 6 or less, so that the teacher is able to spend extra time with every pupil, helping them achieve the best mark they can. But the lessons are also more serious in nature, with pupils expected to attain a certain level of commitment, and practice. And, of course, these exams are very useful when applying for secondary school, as some schools see recognised music exams as indicative of a child’s learning ethos.
If your child is already a Soundsteps pupil, and you would like them to start Trinity/Guildhall lessons, please speak directly to your child’s teacher in the first instance.
"I like everything about Soundsteps. I like the teachers and quiz. I have learned a lot about music."
"I like Soundsteps because the pieces are always good. And I like learning a different one each week."
"I like going to Soundsteps to learn to play the keyboard as we learn to play music in a fun way. I have made some new friends there and I like the games we play.."
"I have enjoyed the lessons at Soundsteps because they make music fun and have helped me with my sight reading and my keyboard skills."
"I like my piano class when we write something on our books and practice it on the keyboard. I like my teacher who is teaching very well and the kind children."
"I enjoy learning to play songs on the keyboard and learning new songs that I have never heard before. It is also fun doing the quizzes and answering questions. I also like practising the songs when we get them. I like turning on the keyboard and doing the style and voice. It makes me feel like a professional keyboard player."
"I really like Soundsteps because I can be with my friends and I have a lot of fun doing music."
"I like learning new notes. I also like the sound of the piano and the teacher is nice."
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