How to record for your exam

Camera Angle

The camera angle should be side on and include face, fingers and pedal.

It’s generally ideal to find a way to support the camera on something that doesn’t require you to hold it.

An example of an ideal position is here:

Piano Performance | UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts
Face, fingers and pedal are visible


You will need to say your script. It will follow this format and I should have the script uploaded to your student page as well.

My name is Jane Smith. Today is the <date> and I am presenting for an examination in <name of subject (instrument)>, Grade X. My first piece is XXXXX.”

And in between each piece:

“I will now play XXXX.”

Device to use

Avoid laptops to record your performance. Phones and tablets are acceptable.

Continuous Take

The entire performance needs to be done in one take.

Psychological Tips

Recording for an examination is one of the hardest things you can do. It will be difficult, but it’s good to remember that your mental state is the most important thing. I will discuss things to help you specifically during the lesson, but here are some tips.

  1. It’s okay to make small mistakes. You don’t need to restart if there’s one tiny mistake.
  2. Distract yourself with expression. Focus on one thing like dynamics or expression instead of focusing on ‘what if I make a mistake’.
  3. Give yourself enough time before starting a piece. This will make sure you’re on the front foot from the start