Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Piano Exam

So last Friday I took my piano exam. The week leading up to it i put most things aside and practiced maybe an average of 7 hours each day. But Tuesday before taking it i made the mistake of cliping my fingernails. My folly resulted in the fingernails partly wanting to tear from my newly sensative skin. The tension of a fingernail tearing from the finger is not a pleasant one. I amended the problem thanks to some korean friends who introduced me to paper tape. i duly applied it, and indeed it lessened the blow.

The exam itself is in actual fact quite short, a mere 12 minutes of heart pounding...umm, im distracted by the girl next to me in the PC room eyeing herself up with a webcam for the most appealing photo she can possibly get, preparing for chating i suppose. Well, anyway, students are required to prepare 30 minutes of music. I myself prepared maybe 40 minutes, 8 pieces, and they could only hear the beginings of 6.

I entered the cool large room and after a bow (not a performance bow, a traditional bow of respect) towards the 7 or so distantly seated Yonsei piano faculty, I seated myself at the piano...

...I think it went well. Despite all of the practice, there's still things to work on. but im proud of the climactic push.


Blogger Fille de Soleil said...

I came across your blog while looking at St Olaf's website for study abroad (I will be applying there this fall). As I am interested in Korea and hope to live there for a while some day, I read through your blog in the hopes to gain some insight.
As a pianist myself, I was wondering if you could tell me about St Olaf's piano program, and how you got to study piano in Korea (and whether you liked the program there).

Thanks a lot,
Victoria Rose

August 12, 2009 10:48 AM  

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