After having my parents around for a week, Cass misses her koong koong and granny very much. Yesterday she made a Whatsapp video call to her grandparents in Ipoh and spent a whole half hour talking to them and playing the piano to entertain them.
Yesterday Cass’ piano teacher told me that Cass will be ready to sit for the Grade 1 ABRSM exam next year. When I first sent Cass to Yamaha to learn piano 2.5 years ago, I did not have intention to let her sit for any exam. I just wanted to instill the love of music and piano in Cass. I wanted her to play the piano as a hobby. Practising the same exam pieces every day on end for months was such a bore for me, not to mention the anxiety of sitting for the exams. In those days, the examiners were flown in from England and I’d get really nervous talking to them.
I’m having a change of mind now. I’ll let her Cass go through the exams leisurely at her pace with no pressure. If she has the talent, I believe that she’ll breeze through all 8 grades and hopefully even the Diploma. I think it’s good that Cass has a backup skill in life which can be a golden ticket to help her earn a living 😉
Cass at 9 years 2 months
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