Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why I'm Invisible These Days....

    I'm pretty invisible these days because.....

    I am taking another exam soon!  Yeah, I know I'm crazy....

    So, some of you know I took my Advanced Rudiments exam in December, and passed with a happy 95%!  I guess I was on a roll, because in January I started back with my amazing teacher, Peggy Craig (Instructor at Mount Allison) with the Royal Conservatory's History 1 course.  My exam choices boiled down to either May or August.

     Seriously, who wants to spend the summer cramming while everyone else is swimming, biking, sunning, gardening, and all sorts of other things that end with "ing!?"  NOT ME.  So May it is, which leaves me with about 6 weeks left to get ready for this. For those of you who think that sounds like a long time, it's not. I have been in "information overload" mode for weeks and still don't quite know how it's all going to come together for me.  My teacher tells me that hardly anyone gets an A on this one....hmmm, knowing that fact really takes the pressure off, eh? Not. ;)

     So, although I'm busy teaching and learning, much of it will have to be invisible until this history cloud passes by. :)

     Have any of you taken this History exam? Did you find it hard? Any tips on helping all those facts come together in your mind?
     

5 comments:

Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

I loved studying for the history exams! But you have to memorize, memorize and memorize some more. And just when you think you can't fit anything else in your brain go memorize something else. If you know your stuff you can absolutely get an A! I studied with my white board a lot, just writing out lists and dates over and over. I also used a flashcard app on my iPad to quiz terminology and dates.

Leah@HomeandHeartstrings said...

Ooooh, the whiteboard is a good idea!!! I'm having a lot of trouble categorizing all the facts in my brain.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED the Music History course, and did well on it. Now, if I could only find someone who would help me get my level in Harmony! Can't teach myself, and no one nearby who can. Any ideas?

Leah said...

I am enjoying it- it's just getting it all to stick! lol
Not sure of any ideas for Harmony...Maybe an online teacher?

Anonymous said...

History is so fun to teach. Try mjcj.com for great online study for the RCM History 1:Overview. My students used this resource along with the Explorations book with excellent results. Harmony is another matter. The Mark Sarnecki books are the best but the root/quality chords have few good examples to demonstrate keyboard style chord progression writing as required in the 2009 syllabus. The Bach chorale question could also use a more detailed summary to develop correct progressions. I use the LearnMusicTheory.net charts which has significantly improved my students results.