Rockschool exams held

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Ashby School of Music students had to get in the groove on Monday for their Rockschool practical exams.
The exams are based on the syllabus of Rockschool, which is based in London.
On Monday, Rockschool international examiner Alyson Locke, of Australia, examined 21 Ashby School of Music students.
She said the calibre of New Zealand students was high compared with those in other countries.
She conducted exams throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as in the United Kingdom.
She had visited New Zealand nine times in the past two years and believed that New Zealanders were consistently well prepared for examinations.
‘‘In New Zealand, the standards of the candidates are quite high and I think they come into the exams more prepared in comparison to other students around the world,’’ Ms Locke said.
This trip to New Zealand involved examining about 150 students and took her from Auckland to Palmerston North before coming to Gore.
On previous visits to New Zealand, she examined students in Dunedin, Hamilton and New Plymouth.
Mr Ashby said the Rockschool exams provided a good measure for those of his students who wanted to go on and study music at a tertiary level.
Students from throughout the South came to Gore to sit exams in contemporary rock.
‘‘This round, we have attracted people from Invercargill, Dunedin, Wanaka, Hawea and Eastern Southland,’’ Mr Ashby said.
A second round of exams will take place in December.
Grade 1 student Jenna Potter (16) said she was pleased with the relaxed nature of the exam, which helped her keep calm.
The St Peter’s College pupil underwent a vocal examination for vocal grade 1.
‘‘It was a lot more relaxing than exams I have done in the past for dancing,’’ Jenna said.
Her examination songs were Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love,Katrina and the Waves’ Walking on Sunshine and Lily Allen’s Somewhere Only We Know.