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.
- The story of how Michelle started Australian Music School.
- Finding the right person to work with her on the AMS methodology.
- How she started building the Universal Music Exam.
- What sets Universal Music Exam apart from other exams.
- The instruments they are offering at UME.
- Michelle shares the flexible exam requirements for students.
- Pieces and repertoire that are allowed in the exams.
- Types of teachers who are using UME.
- The UME events they’ve launched since it started.
- The recognition of students who take UME piano exams.
- Details of how to take their exams, the costs, and who can take it.
- Michelle’s future goals for UME.
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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