Today I sat for the Grade 7 Practical exam at the AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) and I was all a ball of nerves going in.
My teacher gave me good advice to just enjoy the experience, and it was this thought that really calmed me.
I took a cup of coffee just before the exam to wake me up (don't know if it was the weather, but I kept yawning on the way into the city) and made my way up to Level 8, of the building.
Though my exam was slotted for 3.32pm, I got there early to acclimatise, an it was a good thing too, as at about 3.20pm Mr. Grant Foster, my examiner called me in.
Grant Foster is an accomplished musician and composer and for better or worse, I looked up his biography earlier in the morning. His works have been acclaimed by Limelight magazine and he's had great success in the UK. His work, "Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra" has been described by critics as seminal in Australian composition. He also composed his first opera at age 16! So it was a little daunting playing for him.
Mr. Foster luckily, was a very pleasant and courteous examiner, so my fears were quelched to an extent, once I started playing.
Though this is a risk writing a blog before my results are actually out, I felt I performed to the best of my ability (alongside nerves) and was happy to get through my pieces!
I'll find out tomorrow what the results are, so stay tuned for the next half of my experience in the exams for 2013!