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Examinations - Penarth Piano Academy

Incorporated Society of Musicians Approved Teacher Dr Karen Mulcahy
Professional Pianist & Accompanist
Qualified Teacher & Lecturer

Examinations

Music examinations provide a nationally recognised musical achievement framework and Dr Mulcahy uses the syllabi provided by the three main United Kingdom examining boards:

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
TrinityGuildhall Examinations
London College of Music

These examination boards have all received full accreditation by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the corresponding regulatory authorities in Wales (ACCAC), and the examinations are recognised within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Penarth Piano Academy is a registered specialist piano venue for TrinityGuildhall examinations.

The examination results of Penarth Piano Academy are regularly published and thus available for public scrutiny. From 1985 to the end of 2013 Dr Mulcahy's Academy has made a total of 2508 examination entries from initial to diploma level in pianoforte and theory of music, including:

291 Grade 1 piano candidates of whom over 40% achieved distinction (above national average)
165 Grade 5 theory candidates of whom over 60% achieved distinction (above national average)
68 Grade 8 piano candidates of whom over 30% achieved distinction (above national average)

Several former students have continued their studies into higher education and are themselves now professional musicians, either teaching or performing. www.erinsawicka.co.uk

Some recent successful examination candidates:

Poppy Simpson-Wells awarded certificate of special merit from Trinity College London July 2008
Poppy Simpson-Wells awarded certificate of special merit from Trinity College London July 2008
 
Emily Groves, age 13, passed Grade 7 piano with distinction & Grade 5 theory with 100% July 2007
Emily Groves, age 13, passed Grade 7 piano with distinction & Grade 5 theory with 100% July 2007
 

Byron Jones passed Grade 8 piano with distinction and Grade 8 theory with distinction and was awarded the Vale Adult Learners Trophy 2010
Byron Jones passed Grade 8 piano with distinction and Grade 8 theory with distinction and was awarded the Vale Adult Learners Trophy 2010
 
Lilwen Evans passed first examination with Distinction March 2013
Lilwen Evans passed first examination with Distinction March 2013
 
 

Leanne Lirio passed  Initial piano exam with 100% March 2013
Leanne Lirio passed Initial piano exam with 100% March 2013
 
Laura Soltys awarded a certificate of special merit from Trinity College London in 2012 after passing Grade 8 Pianoforte, Grade 8 Theory and Grade 8 Pianoforte Duet.
Laura Soltys awarded a certificate of special merit from Trinity College London in 2012 after passing Grade 8 Pianoforte, Grade 8 Theory and Grade 8 Pianoforte Duet.
 

Annes Lloyd awarded a certificate of special merit from Trinity College London in 2013 after passing all available grade examinations in Pianoforte.
Annes Lloyd awarded a certificate of special merit from Trinity College London in 2013 after passing all available grade examinations in Pianoforte.
 
Tony Bevan passed grade 6 pianoforte with distinction in December 2013
Tony Bevan passed grade 6 pianoforte with Distinction in December 2013.