Cameron Douglas, a Grade 7 Alto Saxophone player, has been named DAME’s (Dominica Association of Music Educators) Student of the Year in the recently held Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) practical exams.
This year’s DAME top student is Tojya Vital a Grade 1 Violin student of the Christian Musical Class.
A total 96 students played at ABRSM and DAME practical exams conducted at the UWI Open Campus between April 15 and April 25, 2014.
Students were entered by The Christian Musical Class, The Henckel-Muriel Music Workshop as well as the studios of Valena Letang, Norman Jean Jacques, Marvin Marie, Tyson Johnson and Huguette St. Hillaire.
Of the 40 students who played at the ABRSM exams: 7 received Distinctions, 12 Merits and 21 Passes while of the 56 students who played at the DAME local exams; 20 received Distinctions, 17 Merits and 19 Passes.
Douglas, of the Valena Latang Studio, obtained the highest score in the ABRSM exam.
The students were examined on Piano, Recorder, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Voice, Violin Saxophone Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium and Trombone.
A High Scorers’ Concert showcasing performances by high achieving students was held on May 1 at the Fort Young Hotel where prizes were presented to deserving students.
At the event, 10-year-old Jarret Jean Jacques was recognised for his outstanding performance at this year’s exam.
He was entered by the Norman Jean Jacques Music Studio at the grade 5 level on 5 instruments and gained distinction scores on 3 instruments and merit scores on 2.