HSC TIPS & TRICKS FROM THE NATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY
Pick songs that suit your instrument and your sound.
It is extremely important that the songs you choose to perform in your HSC are ones that show off your talents rather than music that you like or think would be impressive. It is better to choose a song that is technically easier and nail it, rather than choose an incredibly difficult piece that you don’t smash fully. A song that is perfect for you is impressive in its own right.
While you should choose pieces that suit your talents, you should also try and steer clear from songs that every student across the board will be choosing. You don’t want the markers previous impression of the song to impact their opinion of yours.
As well as this you don’t want the original composers style and reputation to influence the marker in anyway. By simply slowing down a song to your style, or changing a few notes, adding improvisation, adding moments where your talents are shown… and the list goes on.
Make sure the people in your ensemble are reliable and also won’t bring you down in anyway.
While you want a really good ensemble backing you, you don’t want them to outshine you. Make sure you part in the piece is featured at all times and that the band only aids you, not overshadows you.
Music is practiced (with every member of your ensemble).
Have constant rehearsals, it’s not enough to think you’ve nailed a song for your first internal p