Analysis of exam pieces and general knowledge for AMEB exams can sometimes be neglected; simply being able to play the pieces, often by memory, takes a lot of time and effort. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in every lesson to cover all the additional areas of examination like aural, sight reading and general knowledge. I like to help fill in those gaps and take the pressure off both the student and the teacher.
General knowledge is a requirement in exams that addresses overall musical and historical awareness regarding relevant composers and periods, and analysis aims to display a full understanding of every marking on the page, an understanding of the tonality and structure of each piece, and an appreciation of how various compositional techniques have been deployed.
Music analysis and general knowledge is an aspect of final exam preparation which includes general knowledge revision, analyses of pieces, tuition in aural and sight reading skills, and performance craft. Improving upon each of these areas will aid a student getting the best mark possible, so they don’t get let down by having neglected these often-forgotten components under examination.