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I need to raise the entry fees for my 9 music exam challenge, so that I can then concentrate on raising lots of money for my charities.

by Estelle Jackson in Trull, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra money I raise will go directly to the charities, and will be transferred to my charity page once it is up and running.


I'm a teacher of clarinet, alto saxophone, recorders, flute and music theory, so have done many music exams in my time... although not recently.  I enter around 30 pupils per year for formal exams though, and another 40-50 for Music Medals.  Another brave music teacher recently captured my imagination by taking 8 ABRSM exams on the same day for charity, and I slowly came to realise that I would love to have a go.  I've decided to plump for Trinity, as that will make it easier for me to take my exams at my place of work.  I am raising money for The Sidney Lawton Trust, which funds music lessons for local children, and Stand Against Violence, a Taunton based charity preventing violence, its long-term consequences and the grief of losing loved ones by delivering violence prevention workshops and talks with young people.  

Adding an Initial Grade, I have decided to do 9 exams on the same day, and Trinity has kindly offered to give me a 20% discount on all of the exams.  At the moment, I'm planning to take them in June 2020 (although it's possible that I might be ready sooner).  Listed below are the instruments I'm doing, the full cost of the exams, and the discounted costs.  Once I've raised this, I can put in the entry and start actually raising money for charity.  I have chosen two small local charities, which will both really appreciate your generosity.

                                                         Full Fee                   Discounted Fee

Initial Grade Trumpet                    £42.00                      £33.60
Grade 1 Guitar                               £47.00                      £37.60
Grade 2 Trombone                        £52.00                      £41.60
Grade 3 Cello                                 £57.00                      £45.60
Grade 4 Xylophone                       £65.00                      £52.00
Grade 5 Singing                            £73.00                       £58.40
Grade 6 Bassoon                           £81.00                       £64.80
Grade 7 Piano                               £90.00                        £72.00
Grade 8 Soprano Saxophone      £101.00                      £80.80

I have chosen instruments that I don't teach, and five of them are going to be new to me.  The other four (Xylophone, Singing, Piano and Soprano Saxophone) are things that I can do up to a point, but working for these particular grades is really going to stretch me.

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