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Who's Yo Mommy!

I passed my piano sight-reading practicum exam today! Aw yeah! Go me! Who's yo mommy?


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May. 1st, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Good for you, FP!
May. 1st, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
With a year in the gamelan counting as one practicum, I've finished two out of the four required practica.

We have to jump through a lot of academic hoops here.
May. 1st, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Wow - well done!

Learning the piano is something I've always wanted to do.
May. 1st, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I played the piano a lot until I graduated from college, at which point I didn't have regular enough access to a piano to really keep the skill up. But it turns out that getting to near-conservatory level in high school was useful after all. Aced the sight-reading exam in one.
May. 1st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
*cheers* Go you! Sight reading is one of those skills I've always admired - cannot do.
May. 1st, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
This piece wasn't all that difficult (it was some random piece by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which was nice because I like Villa-Lobos), but it was definitely a good thing to have sat down and practiced sight-reading for an hour beforehand.

Also, the practice period reacquainted me with the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. I must do more of this, since it appears that I can just sit down and play from it, even on a piano.

I should try to get my hands on an actual virginal some day.
May. 2nd, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Good for you! I didn't even know you had this coming up.
May. 2nd, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I might have posted about it, except that my life has been so busy recently that this practicum ended up at the status of minor, not-post-worthy annoyance.
May. 6th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
It's good when tests end up merely as minor annoyances. *grin*
May. 6th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
The practicum exams are basically plot coupons in the larger narrative of "French Pony becomes Dr. Pony." Collect four plot coupons, and you get to move on to the next level in the game.
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May. 2nd, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Next year, two more practica will be knocked dead. I wonder what conservatory skills I shall choose to demonstrate for my next tricks?
May. 2nd, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)

And, btw, what does this exam involves? ( I did my eight years of piano while I was back at school, but never had to pass something called "a sight-reading exam... or else all exams were sight-reading and I never knew? :-)please ease my curiosity!!!! )
May. 2nd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

The exam really is what it sounds like. You go into the practice room, say hi to the jury, sit down at the piano, and there is a page of randomly chosen music. (In this case, Heitor Villa-Lobos, which made me happy because I like Villa-Lobos.) They give you a minute or so to look over the music, and then you play it for them. You can play slowly, but you should get most of the notes right. They might ask you to play a section over again. Then they tell you if you passed or not.

The practica are the U of C's way of giving a nod to conservatory training at our predominantly intellectual and research-oriented school. All the grad students have to pass four tests of musicianship, of which ensemble may be one. So I've done ensemble and piano sight-reading.
May. 3rd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ah! as I thought! I still remember the nerves... :-)

I love Villa Lobos as well.
May. 3rd, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
It was much nicer to be confronted with Villa-Lobos than with, say, Chopin (because I don't like Chopin) or Beethoven (because Beethoven's piano works are hard). Villa-Lobos is nice to play, and not so difficult as to cause uncontrollable wibbling. Controllable wibbling, yes, but not uncontrollable wibbling.
May. 3rd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree!
Chopin was in my nightmares mainly.

In my case we had a hideous number of piecess which were compulsory, so you played them during the whole year like mad; then three full sonatas, compulsory as well, and then the free choice of the jury.

You would walk up there, and pick a ball from a sack with a number, just like the lottery. That number was the lesson from those compulsory that you had to play. Then they decided which movement of which of the three sonatas, and then, last but not least, the free choice of the jury as desert. Boy, it was a nightmare!
May. 2nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Learning to play the piano is on my 'must do' list. Very cool! Congrats!
May. 2nd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
And the best part is that, when you learn it, you won't have a sight-reading practicum exam. You can just play for the pleasure of it.
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