The May 2019 AMEB exam season is now completed for Top Notes Music Studio students and once again all the students worked very hard and been rewarded for their efforts. Two students, Adhav Manoj Pillai and Menuli Silva, were complete novices to the AMEB exam experience and tackled Grade Two Flute with some uncertainty as to what to expect. Both found the examiner very friendly and encouraging and emerged with High Credit passes. Well done Adhav and Menuli! Grace Chen tackled Grade One Flute, her first flute exam, although Grace has previously undertaken a piano exam. Grace received an Honours pass which she was very pleased with. Zeynep Unal, already an accomplished violinist, undertook her first piano exam and was awarded an Honours pass for Grade One. And finally two AMEB exam veterans, Joyce Chen and Charlotte S both tackled Grade Five Flute. Joyce, like her younger sister, Grace, passed with Honours and Charlotte received a High Credit grading. A big congratulations to all the students who worked very hard to polish those scales and get their pieces up to a high standard. Thank you also to the professional accompanists Daniel Sakoulas and Lyn Morgan who accompanied the higher grade students. Undertaking a music exam challenges students to prepare their work to a high performance standard and to build confidence in dealing with the stressful situation of a practical exam. It also gives students and parents an indicator of the level the student has achieved, and feedback on the written exam report helps the student and teacher set future goals. Onwards and upwards!