We’re all about the exam game. Today’s episode is all about the Universal Music Exam program, which is founded by Michelle Madder. In this episode, she shares the story behind how she started UME, what sets its methodologies apart from others, and what to expect when you choose to take one of their exams. We’ll also be unpacking everything you need to know about UME piano exams program, from what it is, to how it works, and why you’d want to check it out.
Michelle is an Australian pianist, composer and teacher with over 30 years’ experience. As a young person, Michelle was well recognised as a pianist and composer, winning the ABC Young Composer’s Competition and several prestigious piano awards. Michelle studied composition with Peter Sculthorpe at Sydney University and graduated with Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Composition. She then went on to further study of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She founded Australian Music Schools in 1993 and over the ensuing years expanded to offer quality music education in locations across Sydney. As director of AMS Michelle designed a piano exam system which proved successful over many years of operation. She further developed the syllabus and established UME – a quality music examination system focused on the needs of students and teachers. As head piano examiner of UME, Michelle brings experience, empathy and musical expertise to what can be a stressful time for students and their parents. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Michelle now mentors teachers around the globe.
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