Exams or not? I find that pupils' progress definitely improves when they are preparing for an exam. I am well aware that some teachers believe that exams can impede a growing love of learning an instrument; Fair point. But the progress of pro-exam pupils definitely outstrips anti-exam pupils. If pupils dont want anything to do with exams then that is fine: I will proceed without that option; but rarely do anti-exam pupils make anything like the same progress. I operate as a private teacher: perhaps things are different in a school setting.
Piano and keyboard teacher based in Eccleston, south Lancashire, England.