Ban Pre-recorded Accompaniments for Exams

posted Feb 25, 2015, 5:40 PM by Nicholas Trevatt   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 5:41 PM ]

AMEB have made the decision to allow pre-recorded accompaniments instead of a real live pianist during grade examinations.  We believe this is a terrible decision which will only dilute a students musical education and experience.  

As professional accompanists who regularly accompany candidates for exams we know how important it is for a performer to have a professional pianist to support them in their exam.  The ability to "follow" the student when things don't go to plan and immediately adjust is just one of the important reasons to use a good accompanist.  When a student skips a bar, repeats a line, slips, slows down or hesitates then we adjust to match them!  Just imagine what examinations will be like when a nervous student has a slight problem, a pause perhaps, and is now out of sync with the CD.  The whole performance is likely to be a disaster!  How will an examiner judge this?  When a candidate plays very well but completely out of sync with the CD music.  I pity examiners who must endure this kind of exam.  

Playing with pre-recorded music also removes the ability for a student and teacher to choose their own tempo and interpretation of the music.  Talk about robot students!!!  Of course those teachers who want to interpret the music themselves can always use a real accompanist but I can see many arguments to be had with parents who don't see the value in that proposition and just want to get through the exams as cheaply as possible to get their extra QCE credit points.

This also introduces technology into the equation which can be great when working but a real pain point when it doesn't .  What happens when a student forgets their accompaniment CD or CD player?  What will they they do when 'murphy's law' hits and the CD starts to skip and jitter or worse, just doesn't work!  

Please tell me that this decision and mindset has been passed down from a heavy-handed AMEB corporate who is only interested in commercialism and profit.  I thought our industry had a higher calling than money.  I certainly didn't choose classical music and music education for the dollars!

To support the cause to ban pre-recorded accompaniment please like the official facebook page.


Brisbane Eisteddfod 2014

posted Aug 22, 2014, 12:09 AM by Nicholas Trevatt

Isobelle - Winner of 4MBS Recording Award
A  big congratulations to ALL Treviano students who played at the 2014 Brisbane Eisteddfod this week.  You can check out the 2014 Student Results page to see how everyone went.  But, the most important thing to remember is that these brave students set a goal, got involved, strived to achieve, performed in front of a live audience and an adjudicator and played beautifully.  We are so proud of you all!

A special congratulations to Isobelle who won the 4MBS Recording Opportunity section.  She will be recording her winning piece which will be aired on 4MBS Classic FM radio in the future.  Thank you Brisbane Eisteddfod who offered such a wonderful prize which also includes $150 cash, a free lesson with Queensland Conservatorium senior keyboard lecturer Oleg Stepanov and a trophy.  Much appreciated!

We hope more students will participate in this excellent event in 2015 and use it to drive your motivation to practice and prepare for exams.

Rebecca Dai - Grade 8 High Distinction A+ !

posted Jun 3, 2014, 5:40 PM by Nicholas Trevatt

A huge congratulations to Rebecca Dai who was just awarded an A+ for her AMEB Grade 8 piano exam!   Rebecca has been learning with Mr Trevatt ever since her first grade 1 exam which she also got an A+ for!  Nice way to start and finish the AMEB piano grades Rebecca!

Examiner comments were just lovely.  Here are some snippets worth noting:
  • "rhythmically energetic and style was fully realized"
  • "the romantic approach was musically felt and presented"
  • "balance between melody and accompaniment was commendable"
  • "a well chosen program with a clear understanding of each style"
  • "a spirited performance...agile and expressive performance"
Rebecca worked hard to prepare an interesting program.  She played:
  • Italian Concerto movement 3 by J.S. Bach
  • Sonata K.284 movement 1 by Mozart
  • Intermezzo Op.116, No.2 by Brahms
  • Capriccietto by Rosza
Well done Rebecca and best wishes for your future endeavours.

2013 AMEB Piano Exam Results

posted Dec 8, 2013, 11:42 AM by Nicholas Trevatt

With a last-minute dash to the finish many students had us on the edge of our seats as they prepared oh-so-late for the December AMEB piano exam session for 2103.  We ripped open the result envelopes with some trepidation and let out a small sigh of relief as we flicked through all the reports.  No failures!  That's always a good start.  The hard work of teachers, parents and students paid off with 20 Honours (A) awards across all grades from Preliminary to Grade 8.  A terrific effort from all involved.  Well done!

See all the 2013 exam results here

Alan Xu - Grade 8 Honours

posted Aug 14, 2013, 4:44 PM by Nicholas Trevatt   [ updated Aug 14, 2013, 4:45 PM ]

A huge congratulations to Alan Xu who was awarded Honours (A) for his AMEB grade 8 Piano exam a few weeks ago.  Alan has been with Treviano Studio since his beginnings and has only ever been awarded an A or A+ for ALL his AMEB classical piano exams!  What an amazing effort by Alan and mum!  

Alan worked hard to prepare a demanding program for this level.  He played:
  • Etude Op.70, No.8 by Moschelles
  • Sonata Op.143, 3rd movement by Schubert
  • Nocturne Op.32, No.1 by Chopin
  • Prelude No.1 by Gershwin

Alan will be taking some time off from piano now to focus on his school studies but we hope to see him again in the future.    

All the best Alan!

Piano Teacher Needed

posted Nov 27, 2012, 11:27 PM by Nicholas Trevatt

Treviano Studio has a casual piano teaching position available in 2013.  

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching 10 to 20 students between the hours of 3pm to 7pm for 1-2 days per week.  

Students will range from ages 5 to 12 years of age with a skill level between beginner to grade 3.

A structured course is provided and teacher support is available.

Remuneration is set at an industry standard hourly rate.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • Be a tertiary-aged student.
  • Have an associate diploma of music (A.Mus.A preferred).
  • Have excellent sight-reading skills.
  • Have a genuine passion for classical music.
  • Be responsible, well-presented and enthusiastic.
  • Be able to commit to the position for at least one year.
  • Be able to present exam reports at the interview.
  • Teaching experience would be advantageous.
For enquiries please email

New Website Launched

posted Jul 3, 2012, 12:44 AM by Nicholas Trevatt   [ updated Aug 11, 2012, 4:17 AM ]

Welcome to the new look website for Treviano Studio.  We are very excited to present a site that is attractive, easy to use and one that really represents who we are.  We are professional but friendly and cater for the young beginner in a structured and dynamic way right up to diploma level students.  

As an advertising site for parents looking for a new teacher the About Us page will give you the 'stats' on us.  But, (and it's a big 'but') how we teach - our dynamic lessons filled with passion for piano, music and teaching, our pedantic nature that begs for perfection, well, this just can't be captured on the page adequately.  We love to have fun.  We love to inspire our students with what music can really sound like and how cool it is to play the piano in a connected way.  Because it really is cool.

The videos page will no doubt be popular with our own students and to potential students.  Technology (via YouTube and Google Sites) has made it so easy to share their talent to the world that we just had to do it.  We have some amazing young performers who just love music and it's brilliant that we can showcase their abilities in such a public way.  They deserve the audience because they are talented and have worked so hard.

So, when your checking back be sure to keep an eye on the following:
  • News - We will post news articles when something exciting happens in our studio like competition results, exam results, concerts and special congratulations to students
  • Videos - We expect the amount of videos we will post will soon overflow the single page currently dedicated to them and we are already pondering how we can better structure our media.  The performances of our students is the true barometer of our teaching abilities and we are proud to show them off.
  • Student Results - These pages will contain piano exam, piano competition and theory exam results and is updated about once a month.
  • Articles - We have some great ideas on articles to write that will be helpful to students so keep a lookout here as well.
Stay tuned and thanks for visiting our site.

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