Technology and higher standard music entertainment on television are helping children with their confidence according to two music examiners who looked at Wellington piano students at the civic centre.
Twenty three students sat for exams, 19 under examination standards which were in a relaxed atmosphere their teacher and mentor Marlene ‘Chick’ Jones said.
The other students sat a more demanding set of full grade exams.
The examiners from the International Music Examination board Dr Tim Smith and Dr Darrell Hines believe Wellington children are being well tutored and guided.
‘’They are going very well in their performances. The put on beautiful programmes and have an enduring confidence’’ Dr Hines said.
The examiner believes the internet and more specialist music program on television are creating a more knowledgeable set of students these days, even in the country.
“Some times they give a small concert and the standards they are setting are very good,’’ Dr Hines said, indicating student research was also a strong element in their success. These results are because of the vast amount of research which can be done these days on music from all types of media.
His fellow examiner Dr Tim Smith believes in being constructive and encouraging and agreed Wellington’s children are very good all round and have learned how to play piano under pressure. Students Rebecca Dutfield and Katlyn Barrett believe their mentor Mrs Jones was part of the reason for their success “She is patient and helps us with our problems and mistakes.”