Jonny has been nominated by parent Karen Akerman for passing his Grade 8 percussion exam with distinction for outstanding overall musicianship. “Jonathan won 1st Place with Outstanding Achievement at the 2018 Stratford and East London Music Festival for Marimba, Snare Drums and Jazz Piano,” says Karen. “He was also chosen as the Most Promising Jazz Pianist of the Festival and went on to become one of eight Finalists in their Young Musician Of the Year Competition.”
Karen adds that Jonny has worked very hard to achieve his goals and that he has a natural love for music of all kinds. “At 7 years old, and without prior lessons, he went on the piano and played one of the Grade 1 pieces that he heard. It was all go from then, from learning the Violin to picking up percussion. He was spotted by someone a few months before Senior School application and told to audition for a Music Scholarship. Even though we hadn't spent years preparing for an Entrance Exam or Audition, and only had 6 months [to do so], Jonathan wowed the School and was awarded a full scholarship.”
Jonny says that working towards the exams has helped him set and achieve goals, which has played a big part in "the development of his ear” as a musician: “I have learnt to make practice enjoyable and more productive; and now find much satisfaction in a good day of practice.”
Jonny’s advice to fellow Trinity students?
“You can never be too prepared for your exam! The examiner is not there to intimidate; they are there to support you and want you to succeed just as much as you do.”
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