Jodie Johnson, a flute student of the Henckel Muriel Music Workshop, has emerged as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Student of the Year.
She was among a total of 101 students who played at the ABRSM practical exam and the Dominica Association of Music Educators (DAME) practical exams from April 23 – 25, and April 18-19, 2013 respectively at the UWI Centre Open Campus (Dominica).
Students were registered by the Henckel Muriel Music Workshop, Valena Letang, Christian Musical Class, Marie Music Studio, Jean Jacques Studio and Huguette Andrew St. Hillaire.
There were also a few independent entrants.
Fifty six students played at the ABRSM exams: 13 received Distinctions, 15 Merits and 28 Passes while 45 students at the DAME local exams; 14 received Distinctions, 24 Merits and 7 Passes.
Johnson, a Grade 3 flute student received a total of 139 marks making her the ABRSM Student of the Year.
In the DAME exam, Inoela Vital a Grade 2 saxophone student of the Valena Letang Studio, was the top student with 145 out of a possible 150 points.
Eight-year-old Jarett Jean-Jacques who was examined on piano, trumpet, trombone, horn and euphonium at Grade 4 level, achieved distinction on trumpet and euphonium and merit on the other three instruments.
The students were examined on piano, recorder, voice, guitar, flute, clarinet, violin and saxophone in the DAME exam.
In addition to those instruments, students also performed on horn, trumpet, euphonium and trombone in the ABRSM exam.
A High Scorers Concert will be held on Thursday 9th May 2013 at Fort Young Hotel at 7.00 pm and students who obtained distinction pieces will be performing.
Prizes will also be awarded to students who obtained the highest scores in the various disciplines. Students who have demonstrated discipline, diligence and commitment from the various studios will also be recognized.
Although the concert is open to the public free of charge, DAME said it would appreciate donations to assist in its ongoing music education programme.