H did his Copper Medal music exam a few weeks back and we’d heard no more about it. H had said something about having to wait until someone else had done their medal before his was sent off. So I’d half forgotten about it. He brought home some music this week which he said was the first piece for his Bronze Medal, but he said nothing else about it. Then on Friday he came home with his certificate. Apparently the head teacher had asked him to give back his certificate so it could be presented in assembly and he’d been given it officially that day. But, he’d had his lesson on the Monday and not mentioned it at home all week. So this was the first time we were sure he’d actually passed.
To get his medal H had to play a solo piece and one as part of an ensemble (him and the teacher). These are prepared pieces and there is also an element where the children have to do something unprepared. In H’s case his teacher played a tune and he had to play one back with the same number of beats (but without copying her’s). This seems reasonably taxing for a child that has only been playing the cello since late September. The key thing is that he’s reached that standard and seems to be progressing well. I’m pleased with how well he’s done since he started his lessons. He’s now able to read music on a basic level at least and I think it’s helped develop coordination skills. He still seems to be enjoying learning the cello too, which is encouraging. We have a parents evening coming up soon and his class teacher is the music coordinator, so hopefully we’ll get some more feedback then.