On Saturday, DD’s 1 and 2 will sit their piano exams. DD1 is sitting her Grade 3 and DD2 is sitting her Grade 1. The tension in our house is almost unbearable; everyone’s nerves are stretched and the slightest thing is setting them off.
We’ve kept the whole thing as low key as possible, but they have had to practice hard and spend a lot of time lately learning scales and doing aural tests. They know that they will fail if they do badly. Piano exams aren’t like written exams; if you get off to a bad start, you can’t rub it out and try again but simply have to forge ahead.