North London Drums | Super Summer Results – August 2016
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Super Summer Results – August 2016

SpringExams2016Here is the second part of our summer results report. It’s been one of the busiest exam periods ever for NLD, with 12 students entered for exams ranging from debut to grade 8. Here are the August results…

Oliver (Southgate) reached his goal of achieving his grade 8 before starting at ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guilford this September with a strong 87% merit. We prepared extremely hard for this exam, with many of his pieces being used for his final A-Level performances. We undertook some difficult rhythmic modulation for some of the complex development sections in the pieces. We’re thrilled with the result, congratulations Oliver!

A huge congratulations go to Sonia (Hornsey) for a massive 94% distinction on her grade 2 exam. Sonia got full marks in the entire unseen part of the exam along with her technical exercises, which meant flawless technique and aural skills. Sonia chose Lost Art of Keeping a Secret by Queens of the Stone Age for her free choice piece this time and is already deep into preparing for grade 3. A great result Sonia!

It was Matilda’s (Newington Green) first exam and after learning the basics we decided to enter her for her debut exam, superb for building up confidence and strength in playing. Matilda absolutely nailed it this time with a 92% distinction, including full marks on one of her pieces, sight reading and musicianship questions. We’re now having fun with some of the grade 1 Hot Rock pieces and building on this fantastic result. Well done Matilda!

Vanessa (Abbey Wood) took her first examination this summer, coming out with an extremely impressive 91% distinction. Vanessa’s mark sheet was particularly impressive, getting full marks in her sight reading test. Well done to Vanessa, all the hard work paid off. Now we’re ready to tackle grade 2!

Jonathan (Golders Green) took his grade 2 this summer, after taking his grade 1 last year, and got an even high result this time – a merit at 84%! Jonathan’s practice really stood out from the crowd as the exam date drew nearer. Jonathan used the AC/DC classic You Shook Me All Night Long for his Hot Rock free choice piece in the exam, a surprisingly quick piece for grade 2. Great work Jonathan!

None of our students are pressured to take exams but for those who do it can be a valuable tool for focus and the results, as you can see above, are really rewarding. Congratulations to all!

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