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Hello, my daughter is in S2 and choosing subjects to study at Nat 5. She really wants to take music with her 2 instruments being electric guitar and drums. She has played ukelele, acoustic guitar and more recently electric guitar intermittently for a couple of years but with no formal lessons. She has no experience of drums. How likely is it she will be able to achieve nat 5? I can support her with a 30 min lesson per week per instrument but I am still concerned. Would really like to know what people think of this. I don't want to disappoint her but also want to give her good advice on how realistic this is and how much work will be involved. Thanks.
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Original post by musicquestions
Hello, my daughter is in S2 and choosing subjects to study at Nat 5. She really wants to take music with her 2 instruments being electric guitar and drums. She has played ukelele, acoustic guitar and more recently electric guitar intermittently for a couple of years but with no formal lessons. She has no experience of drums. How likely is it she will be able to achieve nat 5? I can support her with a 30 min lesson per week per instrument but I am still concerned. Would really like to know what people think of this. I don't want to disappoint her but also want to give her good advice on how realistic this is and how much work will be involved. Thanks.

Hi there, not sure as this will be helpful now as it is probably too late, but I would say she should be fine, I took Nat 5 music and compared to S3 music it was so difficult, but the instruments are probably the easiest part of the course. There are 3 things which contribute to your final grade for your Nat 5 exam: composition, listening and practical. Composition was by far the hardest, then listening, then practical. Nat 5 music isn't as easy as it seems and it is definitely a big jump to go from S3 music to S4 music, and you are expected by the time you go into S4 to be able to fully play your instruments and probably wont be given as much support with your instruments as you get in S3 because there are so many other areas to get done. so she will have to be practising instruments a lot at home in S4, so it is a lot of work at home. But I would say she should be absolutely fine as long as she picks some fairly basic songs to practise during S3 and then hopefully she should be able to play at Nat 5 level for S4. i wish her the best of luck!
Original post by musicquestions
Hello, my daughter is in S2 and choosing subjects to study at Nat 5. She really wants to take music with her 2 instruments being electric guitar and drums. She has played ukelele, acoustic guitar and more recently electric guitar intermittently for a couple of years but with no formal lessons. She has no experience of drums. How likely is it she will be able to achieve nat 5? I can support her with a 30 min lesson per week per instrument but I am still concerned. Would really like to know what people think of this. I don't want to disappoint her but also want to give her good advice on how realistic this is and how much work will be involved. Thanks.

It's great to hear that your daughter has a passion for music and wants to pursue it at Nat 5 level! While she may face some challenges, with dedication and support, achieving Nat 5 in music is definitely possible.
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Original post by musicquestions
Hello, my daughter is in S2 and choosing subjects to study at Nat 5. She really wants to take music with her 2 instruments being electric guitar and drums. She has played ukelele, acoustic guitar and more recently electric guitar intermittently for a couple of years but with no formal lessons. She has no experience of drums. How likely is it she will be able to achieve nat 5? I can support her with a 30 min lesson per week per instrument but I am still concerned. Would really like to know what people think of this. I don't want to disappoint her but also want to give her good advice on how realistic this is and how much work will be involved. Thanks.

Yes, nat 5 music is very achievable
Nat 5 performance requires a grade 3 standard of playing on 2 instruments
With daily practice this is achievable in weeks, nevermind 2 years
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