A Bespoke Opinion
Hello my name is James and I am a communications officer with Bespoke Music Tuition.
I have had a lifelong love affair with music and specifically musical theatre! I know all the words to Les Mis and Wiked, yes, I know I it’s sad. Having achieved Grade 8 Musical theatre, Grade 4 Classical Singing and Grade 3 drums, I know a little about the music grading system. I would like to take this opportunity to give you my unsolicited opinion, which I know you haven’t asked for so thank you for continuing to read.
To this day, whenever I apply for a job, or someone glances over my CV, they scan over all my hard-earned work experience, my stellar recommendations and slightly above average grades, straight to my ‘other hobbies’. Without fail, my musical career and the grades I have achieved have come up. People, specifically interviewers cling, on to anything that will help separate you from the crowd, something to make their day a little less boring, and a grade 8 rendition of ‘Stars’ from Les Mis is the perfect party trick to be conspicuous.
I know many people look at music lessons, and going through the grades as a normality now, ‘every kid plays the piano now, don’t they?’ (Anonymous) The secret is that very few children and then teenagers persevere to hit the higher grades, and these accolades really do help you stand out, I believe it shows true commitment, and genuine, undeniable talent.
I personally went to a prep school whose mission was to get me into secondary school, then a secondary school whose mission was to get me into Uni. They both succeed, but it was made clear to me that good grades just aren’t enough, you need something different. I know all parents are aware of this, and feel the pressure to help their kids do their homework and attend the 100 extra-curricular activities they do of an evening.
But my advice, which again I know is unsolicited, is to help your kids find something they truly love, that they are genuinely talented in, like music. If you really persevere with the grades, and get up there, it will make all the difference in school and later life.
Thank you for reading!
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