Felsted Young Musicians Flying High
16th May 2013

Record music exam results place Felsted Preparatory School children at the top of national achievement levels once again. Pupils gained a 100% pass rate and a staggering 88% Merits or Distinctions. Achievements ranged from Grade 1 to Grade 6 on a wide variety of instruments, from Harp and Electric Guitar to Flute and Drum Kit. The exams, marked out of a possible 150 points, require students to achieve at least 120 points for a Merit, or 130 points for Distinction. This year’s national average of Distinctions awarded was 17%, a number more than doubled by Felsted’s musicians, who received 39% Distinctions.

Several Felsted Preparatory School pupils took more than one exam on different instruments over the three day exam period. Henry Barker, age 10 from Little Bardfield, achieved an astounding 2 distinctions in Grade 4 Piano and Grade 4 Guitar. Ben Mead, age 13 from Little Dunmow, scored merits in Grade 4 Drums and Grade 5 Violin and Imogen Gander, age 12 from Great Notley, achieved merits in Grade 5 Piano and Grade 6 Viola.

Music is integrated into the curriculum at Felsted and half the students learn a musical instrument. Children are able to explore their musicality from an early age, with a group stringed instrument lesson provided as part of the curriculum in Year 3. With many opportunities to perform throughout the year, their creativity and performance ability is developed as much as possible.

Mr Owen Rees, Director of Music at Felsted Preparatory School comments; “The level of achievement in these exams is hugely impressive, especially for students of such a young age. The commitment and preparation show by our musicians for these exams is highly commendable and I would like to congratulate them all on their achievements.”

Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.

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