Mak­ing mu­sic most mag­nif­i­cently

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Two Toko­roa mu­si­cians have recorded dis­tinc­tions in their prac­ti­cal ex­ams.

New Zealand Mod­ern School of Mu­sic key­boardist Pre­cious Le­toga and pi­anist Madi­son Clarke scored more than 140 points to achieve the grade in their exam two weeks ago.

Mu­sic teacher Patsy Hill said up to 10 mu­si­cians were tested for 20 min­utes by ex­am­iner Della Davis. ‘‘It is a great achieve­ment for them,’’ Mrs Hill said.

In Pre­cious, 9, she sees plenty of po­ten­tial. ‘‘A lot of the Maori and Pa­cific Is­land chil­dren have nat­u­ral rhythm. Many of my stu­dents play by ear. Some­times they can be quite hard to teach to read mu­sic be­cause their au­ral abil­ity is so good they pick up tunes very quickly.’’

Mrs Hill has an abun­dance of tal­ent among her stu­dents.

Other re­sults in­cluded Kee­gan Hall, Lo­gan Rus­sell and Kiki Rit­meester gained hon­ours for pre­lim­i­nary pi­ano; Danielle La­mont, hon­ours for prepara­tory pi­ano; Ti­moti Turu, hon­ours for level one con­tem­po­rary pi­ano; Suzanna Muir, merit for level two con­tem­po­rary pi­ano; Jodie Bryant, hon­ours for grade two mod­ern pi­ano; and Christy Webb, merit for grade four mod­ern pi­ano.

DIS­TINC­TION: New Zealand Mod­ern School of Mu­sic stu­dents Pre­cious Le­toga and Madi­son Clarke achieved dis­tinc­tions in their re­cent prac­ti­cal ex­am­i­na­tions.

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