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Wafflenose Thu 01-Dec-16 10:00:16

A new thread for December! Musicians and parents of musicians of ALL ages and standards are very welcome! I do try to keep up with the threads, but am struggling to remember who plays what sometimes. Might it be helpful to have a different thread where we could list them all (for people that want to?)

I am Waffle, teacher of woodwind, and mum to Goo (11) - flute, recorder and piano, and Rara (8) cello, recorder and clarinet. Rara has her Grade 3 Recorder exam on Monday, and I have quite a few other pupils entered, but no other exams for us this term. Goo has had a crap time recently, with a wrist injury, mangled fingers and now new braces, so I've pretty much written off any musical progress this term. We have the music festival at the end of January, so maybe she'll be all healed and ready to move forwards in time for that!

Fleurdelise Thu 01-Dec-16 11:11:09

Thank you for the new thread Waffle! Great idea I am not sure if we can create a word document with the DC's details, age, instrument and level and upload it on the first post? Has the forum got this capability? Or asking MNHQ for a thread to be pinned with the DCs details?

I have got DS 15 unmusical and not interested in music playing. DD 9 is playing piano working towards grade 5 and started clarinet a few months ago and has taken grade 1 last weekend. Waiting for the results now, dd already bought a frame for her certificate. grin

Musicdoc Thu 01-Dec-16 11:19:35

Hi, I resolve to keep up with this thread this month - I had a few days off mumsnet last month and lost track of all our musical DC!!!

This is the first exam season since my DC started playing 4 years ago that they haven't had exams.... DD9 is preparing for G7 violin next term and G4 piano at some point, and DS11 is settling into grammar school and meandering towards G7 cello (trinity) and G5 theory. But they are both waiting for NCO audition results - they've both been in for the last two years but as DS is going for U12s it is getting more competitive.

Whilst my DC haven't had exams this session, I thought I'd set myself my own challenge... I passed G8 violin 23 years ago and still play occasionally, but 3 weeks ago I took delivery of a viola and was entered for G5 which I am taking on 12th December... shock

Wafflenose Thu 01-Dec-16 11:31:48

Ooh, Musicdoc, that's exciting! And very quick...! Do let us know how you get on.

Mistigri Thu 01-Dec-16 11:48:58

Good luck musicdoc!

I have DD15 who is a singer, pianist and guitarist (and occasionally saxophonist). She will complete the French equivalent of G8 this year in piano - audition/assessment in June. In the mean time she is working towards a national piano competition in which she has no chance whatsoever of getting beyond the initial regional elimination round grin.

She doesn't do exams in guitar, just jazz classes. And sings and writes her own songs.

Next big musical event here is 14th December, when she is supporting an apparently quite well-known singer at one local date.

disorganisedmummy Thu 01-Dec-16 13:03:48

Hi all,I'm Disorganisedmummy and I have a 10 year old ds who plays violin at roughly grade 5/6 standard. He will be auditioning in the Spring for Junior Guildhall and on saturday he has a pre audition assessment.
No joy in uploading the youtube video I'm afraid.

Icouldbeknitting Thu 01-Dec-16 14:00:25

I am the non musical parent in a musical household. DS and DH play in two brass bands so it's a busy time of the year here. DH is working his way through the jazz piano grades, he might also start with the brass jazz syllabus too (no idea why). I think DS is done with music exams for the next year or so (unless his teacher decides differently) and I'm fine with that. He's in the first year of A levels and already has more than enough to fit on a UCAS form, I'd rather he spend the time on academics. If he takes another exam then it means that it will be after he's gone off to university and so it will be Not My Problem.

musicdoc - I admire your dedication, a new instrument to G5 in five weeks is ... well words fail me. Good luck for the exam anyway.

Pradaqueen Thu 01-Dec-16 14:28:47

Hello everyone, miniprada is 10 and working towards g7 violin (might take it at the end of this month or start of next term) and g6 piano - also next term.

Well done icouldbekinitting! Fab Mark. And loving the braces smile waffle.

musicdoc 😱 Good luck!

Christingle concert tonight. As music captain, miniprada gets the honour of doing the bells for jingle bells. She is very excited having waited 8 years to do it 😂

Greenleave Thu 01-Dec-16 14:35:41

Musicdoc: fingers crossed, similar to Loose, you are another one doing it and taking exams, hat off!
Icould: really like the "Not My Problem" anymore grin
Fleur: my husband framed all the exam results too, will take pics tonight. It embarrassed me great deal.( If you ask him what grades mh daughter is doing for either violin or piano he wont know)

Just turned 9 yrs old daughter here who plays (a little) violin and some piano. Violin has been slow/on hold as this term is for piano. We cant do in parallel both instruments, we just juggle along mostly. Piano exam this weekend and I tried to post her playing in you tube last night to share here but failed. It doesnt allow me to share anything. I will have to try again tonight. This Dec will be a complete rest. I am writting to both of piano and violin teacher now that we are taking the whole month off. Next term, might be a "festival", violin exam. We audited for NCO at the very very last minutes and we knew that we were barbarians so not really looking forward to the "letter". We however will try again next year.

drummersmum Thu 01-Dec-16 15:08:48

musicdoc wow, respect.
waffle did you ever imagine this would become monthly?!

I have only one DS (15) whose musical adventures are drum kit (just passed g8), tuned and orchestral percussion (g8 next spring or summer), piano (g8 next summer), jazz piano (teacher not doing grades) and composition. Exams will depend on progress as academic expectations are v high this year.
Coming up fro him before Christmas break is playing drums in the school musical (5 performances, about 20 songs each time shock ), and a composer's concert where he will play the marimba part of a piano&marimba duet he has composed. And he told me yesterday he has just created a rap Christmas mix on garage band for his class kareoke, in his spare time.

Why am I part of this forum? DS has turned my life upside down by bringing so much music into it. It feels like a tornado sometimes. I just enjoy exchanging and sharing stories and wisdom with people who are going through the same in whatever degree. Besides, everyone here is incredibly generous and non-judgemental and makes the journey a little less lonely.

drummersmum Thu 01-Dec-16 15:11:07


After your video is published, copy the link and paste here.

Wafflenose Thu 01-Dec-16 15:23:46

drummersmum no, I didn't! It's turned into a serious hobby.

LooseAtTheSeams Thu 01-Dec-16 16:26:57

waffle another fan of the thread here! Thanks so much for the new one.
Wow Musicdoc!! I am seriously impressed! Also very impressed with Mistigri's amazingly talented Dd!
Much happiness here - DS1 just found out he got 82% in his G6 bass guitar exam! He's also working on grade 6 tuned percussion and plays drums. He is in a marching band as well.
DS2 plays piano and cello. He's probably going to do his grade 4 exams in Summer and Autumn term next year.
I am planning to do grade 4 piano in March - just to try and keep ahead of DS2! I am also plodding through grade 4 theory and wondering how small children are so good at this stuff!smile

LooseAtTheSeams Thu 01-Dec-16 16:54:25

Ooh! Forgot to congratulate Mr Knitting on a fabulous result! Love the rivalry he has going on there!

se22mother Thu 01-Dec-16 17:17:06

Thanks for the thread waffle

Trumpetboysmum Thu 01-Dec-16 17:52:56

Thanks for a new thread. I have a ds 11 who plays trumpet and loves his music, he seems to play or sing in some sort of group almost every day now ( which keeps us all busy) he's also started to learn piano. No exams here for a while although I think he's going to take grade 5 jazz trumpet sometime next year instead of doing grade 5 theory!! I also have a dd 9 who loves to sing and perform and is also having a go at learning the piano ( when she's not finding it too frustrating). We have a busy few weeks ahead with lots of concerts and shows for both of them which will be lovely

drummersmum Thu 01-Dec-16 19:05:38

Loose well done to your DS1! Fabulous result! What was the final decision on gcse performance chosen instrument? I remember a lot of changing...

onlymusic Thu 01-Dec-16 19:33:25

Oh, new thread! Thank you Waffle for keeping us together!
I try my best to follow musical threads but never manage. Perhaps I should make a New Year resolution?

Anyway, I have dd8 (still thread she will be 9, I promise smile) who is violinist (grade 5 is next, not sure when though) and plays piano (we are stuck at grade 4). We are waiting fro grade 3 theory results but it looks like whatever the outcome grade 5 theory is on an agenda for March. Her teacher's view is that she would pass it tomorrow and who cares about distinction (I don't necessarily share it grin)

And I have ds5 who started violin this year.

Fleurdelise Thu 01-Dec-16 19:52:53

Loose well done for the great result!

We're so behind on theory that we'll have to do a crash course. She has weeks when she does a lot and then theory is forgotten for a long time. I think once grade 5 piano is out of the way I'll focus on the theory at home with her so she can pass it before the next grade.

disorganised and green (and everybody else) I'd love to hear your DCs playing so if not posting here please feel free to PM me the links. smile

DD spent the week on Christmas carols on clarinet and 1 grade 5 piano piece plus 3 pieces for the festival. They are coming along nicely, still lots of work to do though.

onlymusic Thu 01-Dec-16 19:56:53

Waffle thank you for your pm, I just discovered it-I keep forgetting to check it....

onlymusic Thu 01-Dec-16 20:03:38

Oh, like Fleur I would like to see videos too, even in pm please....

LooseAtTheSeams Thu 01-Dec-16 21:55:09

Same here for videos!
drummersmum I think he's sticking to bass for GCSE! smileAs he did well on his bass pieces and now finally accepts they sound good to other people, he would be mad not to use them!

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 01-Dec-16 23:01:25

DS2 (clarinet) has recently moved up from the junior wind band to the senior wind band at school. Concert was last night and I was very impressed with the standard.

He has been learning the clarinet for just over three years, and is progressing really well. He took G3 this time last year, missed G4 for orthodontic reasons and will be taking G5 in a couple of weeks. The rapid progress means that he is finding the scale repertoire and technical difficulty of the pieces quite challenging, but he is enjoying it and is very motivated. I'll be glad when this exam is done. I'll be happy if I never hear those three pieces again

I think the theory results become available online soon, but I'm not sure whether DS2 will be able to log in, or whether the results are only available to the teacher who did the exam entry.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 01-Dec-16 23:05:11

DS2 was the one who came out of the two-hour theory exam after 50 minutes, insisting that he had checked his answers thoroughly, so he will have some explaining to do if he hasn't passed. hmm

Fleurdelise Fri 02-Dec-16 08:22:25

Green forgot to say DD has two frames in her room, one for piano where she puts the certificate on top of each other with the most recent first and one empty waiting for the clarinet certificate now. smile She had various other certificates for dancing and other sports but I made a folder for those.

TheSecond how old is your DS? Good luck with the results.

Green good luck tomorrow with the exam, I am sure mini will smash it!

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