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I want to enter a conservatory to study (I'm 20 and living in Australia). I don't know where music could possibly take me in a career but I feel like music is the only thing I want to study.. ANYWAY, what piano grade do you think is needed to successfully enter a conservatory?

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    when you say "piano grade" are you talking about the AMEB piano exams? – b3ko Aug 30 '18 at 15:00
  • Yeah! I know entry isn't related to grades but I was just more curious to know at what kind of standard is expected before even thinking upon entering thus I figured the grades might give some sort of indication as to where I SHOULD be at before looking to apply :) – whoismelodyanyway Sep 8 '18 at 4:19
  • You can ask someone in admissions office. They may be able to help. – b3ko Sep 9 '18 at 5:09
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It's not related to a grade, it's related to the audition you will be asked to pass.

Whatever grade you had before, music schools will assess for themselves wether or not they want to teach you, and that depends on your musicianship, not some grade.

No honest answer with a grade can be given. It just doesn't work that way. Someone getting 60% in some high standard school could succeed easily an audition, someone getting 100% in a children school could be refused. Some schools don't even use grades.

What you can do, is directly ask the conservatory what the general level of their entry level students is, generally in terms of "you should be able to play the eight year level of this popular school program".

  • I understand completely, but I was more curious to know what kind of grade I should be looking at achieving before even attempting to audition! Thank you for your reply :) – whoismelodyanyway Aug 30 '18 at 14:41
  • @whoismelodyanyway Yes, I think I understand correctly. What I am trying to convey, is that there is no possible answer in terms of grade that could be given. It just doesn't work that way. Someone getting 60% in some high standard school could succeed easily an audition, someone getting 100% in a children school could be refused. Some schools don't even use grades. – Félix Gagnon-Grenier Aug 30 '18 at 14:51
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    i don't think the OP is talking about school grades/scores. i think they are asking about standard music exams that are common in some countries. – b3ko Aug 30 '18 at 15:01
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It's going to be a minimum grade VII going on grade VIII. On at least one instrument, probably another grade on an extra instrument. But there's a lot more: the audition will reveal what level you're at as a musician, something that a piece of paper saying you passed an exam cannot do. they're also looking for other qualities, so even gaining a grade VIII distinction will not be enough on its own for entry to some conservatoires.

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