I don’t know what happened but I failed to update this blog in so long. Anyway I have decided to undertake ABRSM Performance Assessment. I stopped doing exams, having done four because I found them too time consuming with other things going on in my life. The Performance Assessments are better for me as they are more relaxed and you decide whatever you wish to do without having to thumb through a book of pieces. You are not graded on this and you still get valuable feedback from the examiner on your pieces which can be useful for future reference. You also get a written sheet and a certificate at the end (without having to wait weeks for it). After doing this one, I may do another one at some point in the future, but if not, then I will treat this as another string to my bow. We all learn in different ways and there is no right or wrong way. Some say grades motivate them, and others are motivated by other means. I am motivated by watching and learning and doing.