Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

17th March 2010

Jonti had his Grade 5 piano exam today. This constitutes as the practical aspect of his homeschooling music GCSE equivalent. In reality it is far above GCSE as most GCSE pupil's I've seen at present only have about Grade 2 or 3 and Btech music (worth 4 GCSE's) doesn't even require that you play an instrument! Jonti isn't really that keen on piano, percussion is his real love and what he really does well in, but he knows that he needs piano to really 'get on'. Nevertheless, we've had some grim moments over these past few months - ah, the joys of home education!

As ever he is sailing pretty close to the wind for this exam (my mum tells him that I was just like that - thanks mum!) but this was exacerbated by the sun streaming through the window in the exam room, so that he couldn't see his music, and sticking keys on the exam piano. I had to make a formal complaint afterwards. The ABRSM were very helpful in their attitude, but it didn't do much to help Jonti on the day.