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Making the Grade

1h 22m Documentary, Irish Film, Music 2017

Over 30,000 students prepare for piano exams each year in Ireland. In this delightfully quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils, shares in the students’ struggles, and marvels at their teachers’ dedication.

51 participants from all over Ireland feature in the film, with each participant representing a different stage in the learning process and a different technique in teaching piano. The film charts the journey from novice to expert and presents the difficulties and rewards of the learning process along the way.


Ken Wardrop


Ken Wardrop


Andrew Freedman






Venom Films

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