Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music Practical Piano Exams.
It's entirely your choice whether you want to take ABRSM Practical Piano Exams during your course of Piano tuition. If you want to learn purely for fun then it's just fine.
What is the purpose of ABRSM Graded Practical Piano Exams?
Here's what ABRSM say:
"We believe in the importance of all-round musicianship and this forms the basis of our exams.
To become an all-round musician students need a range of interlocking skills – in performance, technique, notation, and listening and musical perception – as well as knowledge, understanding and creativity." Click here
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In my experience, most adults tend not to take exams. Parents, on the other hand, are mostly keen for their Child to take part.
90% of children who sit Graded Practical Piano exams achieve a PASS with DISTINCTION
I am particularly in favour of children taking ABRSM Practical Piano Exams because they validate the young Musician's playing and technical skills. They also give children a sense of purpose, direction, and achievement.
Eddie Rudak - Piano Instructor.